Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne Noir – Cigar Review
Back when the Perdomo Cigar Factory celebrated their 10th anniversary, they released two cigars for the occasion. First was the Perdomo Champagne, a Connecticut shade Nicaraguan cigar that took the market by storm. Shortly thereafter, a more powerful option was made available dubbed the Perdomo Champagne Noir, using a dark and rich maduro wrapper for enthusiasts wanting a bolder option.
What am I smoking?
Cigar Review: Perdomo Champagne Noir
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Length: 5.5 Inches
Ring Gauge: 46
Packaging & Design
The Perdomo Champagne Noir arrive in square black boxes with gold lettering and details on the lid. Inside of the box are 25 cigars showcasing large and intricate bands. I can certainly appreciate how Nick Perdomo does everything from seed to smoke in-house. He relies on no one but himself and his workers.
The cigar itself is very uniform, not only its looks but its construction is top notch. It feels evenly packed throughout. The wrapper has an oily appearance and smooth feel showing zero flaws. The prelight draw offers notes of coffee and dark chocolate.
The Champagne Noir lights easily with my quad jet torch and immediately starts pumping out the smoke. Solid notes of roasted espresso and sweet aged tobacco take hold right away, and sensations of black pepper liven up the smoke through the nose. The ash holds strong and the burn is straight right into the second third.
During the halfway mark, I’ve picked up on some changes in the profile. Notes of sweet dried dates and raisins become apparent behind a steady backbone of leather and citrus spice. I’m enjoying this cigar quite a bit, and it’s been attention-free so far.
Finishing up on the Perdomo Champagne Noir and all I can say is this cigar is a workhorse. The notes have stayed consistent through this point and are more than enjoyable. I’m glad I went with the corona size because everything feels concentrated in the tasting department. The burn wavered slightly at the start of the final third, but corrected itself quickly.
This is one of those cigars that leave a lasting impression on your palate. And over the years I’ve been smoking this blend, there’s one thing that’s for certain: CONSISTENCY. Perdomo is known for making great cigars at excellent prices (even lowering prices when the SCHIP tax hit). However, what’s most impressive to me is how Nick Perdomo manages to keep his blends tasting just as good as the last year after year. The Perdomo Champagne Noir is a great example of this, and you’d be remiss to not snag a box.