Bundle cigars. Two words that make a lot of cigar smokers cringe. However, this past weekend on The Cigar Authority we talked about bundle cigars as we asked, are they cheap or a value smoke? The answer depends who you ask, but these brands have a place in our industry and today we review one of the cigars we smoked on the show, Perdomo Fresco.
Cigar Review: Perdomo Fresco
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Ring Gauge: 50
The Look: Packaged in 20 count bundles, the Perdomo Fresco Natural wrapper has dull look to it compared to other Connecticut wrappers in the Perdomo line. However the wrapper does have some oils present and there are minimal veins. The band denotes the brand name with colors of gold, red and silver. In the hand the cigar has an average weight and a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Fresco has touch of oak and an abundance of molasses. The aroma off the foot is nondescript tobacco which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Once we toast the foot the initial notes of the cigar are cedar with a touch of licorice along with a subtle nuttiness that develops on the finish.
Moving into the second third the cigar has some nuttiness to it and some pepper on the resting aroma as well as the retrohale. It’s not a complex cigar by any stretch of the imagination. However the cigar is smooth and enjoyable with a even combustion line along with a nice smoke output.
As we smoke the final third the cigar continues to serve up some notes of nuts along with a touch of dry toast. The aroma and retrohale still offers up a nice amount of pepper
The Finish: At times I can be a cigar snob, but I get the popularity of cigar bundles. If I was on a fixed income or I needed to save money there are some bundle cigars I just wouldn’t mind smoking. The Perdomo Fresco happens to be one of those. Will it win any awards, no. Does it fill the desire to have a cigar, yes.
Price: $4.39 / $88.99