The Perdomo 20th Anniversary cigars are hand-crafted with the finest tobaccos grown exclusively on Perdomo’s most prestigious farms in Esteli, Condega, and the famed Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua. Using the highest priming tobaccos from each region, the Perdomo 20th Anniversary has a tremendous flavor profile with layer upon layer of rich, elegant, complex flavors. After being fermented to perfection, each Cuban-seed Sun Grown and Maduro wrapper is barrel-aged in bourbon barrels for an additional 14 months. These barrel-aged wrappers are at their peak color and flavor, making each Perdomo 20th Anniversary cigar impeccably smooth from beginning to end.
Cigar Review: Perdomo 20th Anniversary
Wrapper: Cuban Seed Maduro
Ring Gauge: 56
The Look: The Perdomo 20th Anniversary comes packed in a cabinet style box of dark-stained wood. It features a large cliche of the band on the outside and inside of the box. The 24 cigars inside are box pressed and loaded with tobacco. The wrapper is virtually vein free and seamlessly applied to the cigar in hand. It’s hefty and dense in the hand with a firm touch. The cigar features a band with the Perdomo logo and the words 20th Anniversary.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro has notes of prunes, dry pastry, and a touch of apricot. The sweetness of princes and apricot carry over to the nose off the foot of the densely packed cigar. The cold draw is incredibly enjoyable and at this point it has me asking myself, “Self, how come you haven’t smoked this cigar in what feels like ages.”
Thankfully Im using a Vertigo lighter with its patented big-ass tank as it takes a while to toast this fat robusto properly. Once the cigar is toasted and lit it produces a nice amount of smoke. The sweetness from the pre-light ritual doesn’t carry over to the initial light which is a tad disappointing as the preliminary notes are leather and subtle spices. Thankfully at about 1/4 inch some of the sweetness begins to emerge. There are some dry pastry notes and a hint of apricots, with the latter slowly taking over as the dominant note at around the half-inch mark. As the first third closes out the apricot sweetness slides to the background of this cigar that has a long leathery finish.
The second third sees leather and spice become the dominant profile with hints of cocoa and some remaining apricot notes in the background. It’s a mouth-watering cigar that is quite enjoyable as we reach the midway point. The spice isn’t your typical pepper note as it is far more exotic with hints of cumin that gives the cigar almost a lemon zest component.
The last third of the cigar sees the sweetness become the focal point. There are hints of raisins, figs and cocoa all of which mingle in perfection. The finish of the cigar is shorter at this point of this mouth-watering cigar. The spices remain constant here with continued hints of cumin that give the cigar a near citrus like finish.
The Finish: Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new favorite Perdomo cigar, and that cigar is the 20th Anniversary Maduro. It’s balanced and complex. It has a nice amount of strength that doesn’t overwhelm nor underwhelm. Everything about this cigar falls perfectly in my wheelhouse much like a fastball that becomes a 460 foot home run from Aaron Judge. It’s definitely box worthy and I can’t wait to pair it with some Ron Zacapa XO.
Price: $8.39 / $162.99