The inspiration for this review came from a small cigar shop that I work at part-time. The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne is probably one of the top selling cigars in this shop and it’s sold to a number of customers who prefer a wide variety of flavor profiles and experience levels. Now I’d smoked these cigars before, but I decided to give it another shot now realizing that it seemed to appeal to such a variety of cigar smokers.
Name: Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne
Wrapper: 6 year old Connecticut Shade
Comes in: Box of 25
Vitola: Epicure (6″ x 54) Toro
First thing that catches my eye with this cigar is the golden cellophane it comes wrapped in, which is something I can’t ever remember seeing in other cigars. Once removed from the cello I began examining the light tan wrapper which was nearly absent of any veins. The cigar was uniform in density from foot to head which allowed me to assume that this sample was constructed well. As is my experience with many Connecticut Shade wrappers, this wrapper was thin and fragile. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just something I try to remain mind full of as I handle the cigar. Finally I began smelling the cigar, which to me was just a typical light tobacco aroma.
Smoke, Flavor and Burn
As I began setting fire to the foot of my Perdomo Champagned I first realize the great smooth draw. The draw produced abundant amounts of light white smoke which quickly drifted to the sky. Initially there was a hint of spice from this cigar which seemed to hit me right on the tip of the tongue. After a few draws that spice was quickly joined by a mesh of flavors that included nuts, hay and toast. The cigar burned evenly and slowly leaving a firm light gray ash in its wake.
As I got deeper inot the cigar, around the midpoint, I began to notice a signifacant mellowing of the cigar. The hints of spice that once jazzed up the cigar had gone away leaving a mix of hay and nut flavors. This smoke was creamy but left a slight dry feeling on my palate. Now the most impressive thing about this cigar was the ash. I never ashed the cigar. Past the halfway point of this six inch cigar, somewehere around the band the first ash finally fell off into my ashtray. This left a log of ash sitting on top of a mound of ashes. The cigar finished much the way it began, with the exception of the spice which had compeltely left.
After smoking a few more of the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne I can see why they are such a popular stick among the folks that frequent the small shop I work in. This cigar is mild, however, it yields inviting flavors that I think most cigar smokers can appreciate. Also, the construction of this cigar is really top notch. It’s not every day that over half of a toro can be smoked before the first ash falls.
I personally think that just about anyone can find something to like about the Perdomo Champagne. It might not be the powerhouse that you prefer, but it’s smooth creamy character would be perfect with a morning cup of coffe. This cigar is worth buying a 5 pack, and possibly worth a box purchase for someone that enjoys milder cigars.