Perdomo ESV Box Pressed Maduro Imperio Cigar Review

Back in October of 2019 we took a look at the Sungrown version of this cigar and we were blown away by it awarding it a 95 rating. Today we take a look at the Maduro version which is a Nicaraguan Puro. According to the company website, the Perdomo Estate Selección Vintage Limited Edition Box-Pressed is hand-crafted using the top five percent of the Perdomo family’s estate grown tobaccos from their prestigious Finca Natalie Farm in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The ESV made its return to the Perdomo portfolio at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas and was made available to just over 100 accounts in its initial re-release.

Cigar Review: Perdomo Estate Selección Vintage (ESV)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Fillers: Nicaragua
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Size: Imperio (Toro)

The Look: The ESV Maduro Imperio comes in 6 count boxes with each cigar packaged in a coffin. When you lift the lid of the packaging it raises the cigar making it easy to grab. The Estate Selección Vintage Maduro is packaged in a black boxes with the band utilizing colors of black, charcoal, silver and grey. The dark wrapper is evenly colored with some subtle oils. In the hand the cigar is firm with no voids of tobacco and the foot of the cigar shows some green tobaccos.

The Look: The cold draw offers notes of dry cookie dough along with prunes/figs while the aroma off the foot of the cigar is woodsy with a hint of spice. Once the cigar is toasted and lit the wood notes from the aroma take hold with an oak component to the profile of the cigar. 

As we smoke the first third of the ESV Maduro it is very smooth and balanced with notes of oak, cashews and a subtle sweetness that grows in intensity. As we reach the end of the first third the cigar has a rich chocolate component that is mouthwatering good. The retrohale offers up a subtle white pepper with espresso notes that linger on the finish.

The second third sees the chocolate notes remain the primary taste until you ash and the sweetness slides into the background with notes of coffee taking over as the dominant profile. The cigar is joined by a touch of figs around the half way point of the smoke. The retrohale which is very smooth sees notes of chocolate remain consistent.

Moving into the last third, notes of caramel start things off before fading as oak and leather become the focal point of the cigar. The finish which is long in length is leathery with a touch of coffee.  The coffee notes are intensified on the retrohale of the cigar.

The Finish: The Maduro version of the ESV is exceptionally smooth and balanced. It took a little bit to get going in terms of flavor for me and because of this I lean toward the Sungrown more often. This might be the best Maduro that Perdomo produces with a nice balance and complexity that really makes it stand above the rest in the company portfolio.

Score: 93
Price: $12.99 / $69.99

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio Foot

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio Burn

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