Thursday, September 4, 2008

My Weekend Cigar: Perdomo2 Limited Edition 2008 Torpedo Maduro

I've been dying to write about this cigar since Monday, but my schedule's been so hectic this week, every time I sit down to get started, I get interrupted. Finally, I stole some time to tell you about this wonderful reprise from Tabacalera Perdomo, the newly blended Perdomo2 Limited Edition 2008 Torpedo Maduro. It was a sample given to me at this year's IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.

Permit me to start with the following three words: WOW! WOW! WOW! This 5¼" x 54 box-pressed figurado sports a beautifully dark wrapper with a luscious, mouthwatering patina. (Note that the Perdomo2 yellow bands are the Maduro and the red bands are the Natural.) The cigars are made with all Nicaraguan-grown tobaccos, but the page on the Perdomo Cigars website doesn’t state in what regions the tobaccos are grown. Personally, I don't care.

Now, I hate to make comparisons between two highly-respected cigar makers in cases like this, but the pre-light draw tasted almost identical to a Padrón Anniversary 1964 Series Maduro. Once lit, the cigar also tasted very much like the aforementioned classic, but quickly took on an identity of its own. Gobs of earthy, caramelized flavors including espresso, dark chocolate, nutmeg, aged oak, sweet cedar and a multitude of other wonderful flavors melted on the palate like butter and never let up. The smoke, though robust, was especially smooth and creamy.

I paired this cigar with a glass of Taylor Fladgate Reserve 2001 Port. The cigar drew and burned perfectly throughout, and when I laid it down in the ashtray to rest between puffs, I loved watching the smoke travel out through the head in slow motion. I let this cigar smoke itself, too. This is one cigar you don't want to rush or turn bitter on you from over-smoking.

If you love dark, complex, full-flavored cigars, get one of these in your hands. I'm sure all of the yellow band sizes are just as succulent, but now I'm even more curious about the Red Natural version. (Time to make a phone call.) Kudos to Nick Perdomo and his amazing team on the Perdomo2 Limited Edition 2008 cigars. Thanks for bringing these back.

Comments pro and con from anyone who's had a chance to try these cigars are always welcome.

~ Gary Korb

1 comment:

harrier6 said...

The author is dead on. A fine strong smoke.