Cigar Review: Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro

Basic Information:

Name – Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro

Size – Robusto

Wrapper – Maduro – Aged 14 months in bourbon barrels

Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua Blend – Condega, Jalapa, Estelli Ligero

Pricing – $6.80 ea. $153 for a box

Body – Medium + to Full

Construction/Appearance:

Dark wrapper with minimal veins.  Seems to be packed pretty solid with virtually no soft spots. Pretty dense stick.

Pre Light:

Aroma – Hay and sweet raisin

Type of Cut – Straight cut

Cold Draw – Hay, cedar, sweet raisin

After Toast:

First Third – An approachable white pepper on the tip of your tongue is almost instant along with general sweetness.  A nice wood-like hickory comes through on the palate along with a nice mix of baking spices.  It’s like BBQ and dessert at the same time.  The finish has a black licorice that lingers. Good smoke output and draw with just the perfect resistance. Burn line was perfect. The ash was a white/light gray but dense and held firm.

Second Third – Baking spices like nutmeg come through through strong along with a subtle cocoa sweetness.  The finish has changed a bit.  I still get the licorice notes but its picked up a mesquite flavor.  Burn line was pristine and the ash held on until about 2 inches.

Final Third – It changed a bit here with some floral components coming through, almost perfume-like, but the baking spices were still dominant for me.  The sweetness eventually uncovered itself, making the bourbon flavor that was subtle, more defined. In this portion of the cigar, the dark mocha flavors were also revealed.  The finish remained the same as before. The burn got a little jagged towards the end but that was likely due to the ocean breeze that picked up.

Suggested Pairing:

Food – BBQ Foods

Bourbon – Angels Envy Bourbon

Wine – Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc or Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc

Overall Experience:

Total smoke time was about an hour and fifteen minutes. Overall, the Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro is a great summer BBQ cigar for a night where you need to get out and let loose. Reminds me of a bonfire tailgate where the beer and bourbon are flowing and the smoke is dense.  I would highly recommend you pick one up.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 88pts