While at IPCPR, I visited one of my favorite cigar companies, Tabacalera Perdomo. The they were not introducing any new lines, but they were presenting two additional cigars: Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut and the Perdomo Grand Cru Connecticut. Today, I’m sampling the Grand Cru cigar. Perdomo states that this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro using all Cuban seed Semilla Habano tobacco to make up the wrapper, binder and fillers. The tobacco was hand selected from the best yield of the best field from Perdomo’s farm in 2004. This cigar also comes in a corojo and a maduro wrapper. I’ve been on a Connecticut click lately (Oliva, Nub, Camacho) so I’m eager to try this.
Let’s see how it smokes.
The cigar has a very smooth, light brown wrapper with no large veins. The cap is really large and is about 1/2 of an inch big. I think it’s the biggest cap I’ve ever seen on a cigar. The wrapper does have some smaller green dots on the wrapper and some smudges, but that’s all. It has a firm feel. No soft spots at all.
The wrapper has that typical barnyard, hay smell to it. The foot has a much sweeter aroma almost like milk chocolate, but just a hint. The draw is tight but I get a sweet nutty taste on the draw.
The first third is starting of pretty mild, but this is a Connecticut. This cigar has a nice nutty profile with a hint of creaminess. That’s pretty much it so far. The cigar’s draw is tight so it doesn’t produce a lot of smoke.
Honestly, not much has changed, but there is a flavor of a nice bourbon is intermixed with the cigar now. It’s faint, but it’s there. It has a very short aftertaste. It doesn’t linger for more than maybe 5 seconds. Other than that, the cigar is pretty linear.
This cigar has gotten really spicy. The pepper you usually get with Nicaraguan tobacco is really strong now, almost too much. The creaminess has remained throughout the cigar, which is nice because I love a cigar with a creamy flavor profile. The hint of nuts is still there, but the spice has come on STRONG in the final third. I didn’t even detect it in the first two thirds.
This cigar was a little underwhelming. Maybe I was expecting more since this is supposed to be their Grand Cru. I LOVE the Habano maduro and the Lot 23 natural along with the Cabinet line. Speaking of that, it reminded me of something. The only Cabinet series cigar that I don’t enjoy is the white label natural series. This reminds me a LOT of that cigar. If you like the White label, I think you’ll love this cigar. It’s not for me, but it might be for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think.