A smooth, toasty number by Perdomo.
When Nick Perdomo is on, he’s on. His Tierra del Sol cigar is one of those times. It's rich off the bat, with a dark chocolate flavor and a very smooth - almost soft - and quite mellow character. At the midpoint it acquires a rich, toasty, slight charcoal flavor with hints of cedar and leaves an interesting tangy aftertaste that swathes the palate. You could smoke these box-pressed beauties all day long. Highly recommended. The crazy price is just the icing on the cake.
This dynamite cigar comes in two varieties: a natural Nicaraguan sun-grown wrapper and a dark Connecticut Broadleaf maduro.
“Great cigar for the price. I am a big believer in finding the perfect smoke for the money and due to hard times I must continue not to indulge for my marriage sake...with that said this smoke will be a keeper. Raw scent seems a little harsh but the taste is not, smoke really gets better half way through and the end is also as good. Do not compare with other Mocha cigars as this one is not, and really is mild for a Maduro class. Smooth and creamy and burns great.”BJ of Ellenboro, NC
“Gun....check....Mask....Check....Computer key board.....check....ready to steal Tierra Del Sol from CI at the prices they are selling it for....double check. Hey, you have got to be kidding me. I am so becoming a big time CI customer I can't even tell you. I used to buy cigars from that bunch from New Jersey by way of North Carolina, but....I am seeing the light...and as for the wonderful people from Perdomo, I can't even begin to describe how much I LOVE the stuff they make. This cigar by the way might be the steal of the century. $39 for box pressed torpedo's of this quality just blows me away. It is a great time to be a cigar smoker, especially if you team up with CI and Tabacalera Perdomo!!!”MR of Pittsburgh, PA
“I just got these cigars last night. I know i am suppose to keep them in the box for a bit and then smoke them. I just couldn't wait... lite one up last night... was very impressed with it. I typically smoke punch, macanudos, romeo and juliet. These had a very smooth smoke and nice draw. I am sure once it age a little longer, the taste will get even better. I highly recommend these to anyone. Another comparable cigar that I love from Perdermo is the slow age lots. These are very similar.”TC of chicago, IL
“I purchased a box of these Perdomo’s(Tierra del Sol)and wow they are good. These have a sweet flavor with a hint of chocolate. My brother who never buys cigars he just smokes mine (but I don’t mind) and is new to cigars looks at my entire collection and wants this cigar every time. I offer him some other top rated smokes and he looks at them and wants this cigar again and again. I looked and I have 4 left, they are plumed like you would not believe. I will be buying another box of these soon, you know for my bro!”TC of Tracy, CA
“I purchased some "Tierra Del Sol" by Perdomo about 8 months ago and LOVED them!!! Only problem now is that you can't keep my size in stock now. My size is the Corona (6.5 x 42) Maduro. I would like to get all the information I can to find how I can get these as soon as possible...no matter the price. I love this mag and your site. If I could get on like an auto order I would order one bundle a month...please help!”JT of VanBuren, AR
“Just a note to thank you guys for a superior cigar at an affordable price (Tierra del Sol)! I was startled at the quality when I first lit up. You can count on this being my everyday cigar from now on...”BE of Scottsdale, AZ
“Just finished off a couple of Tierra Del Sol by Perdomo. What a fantastic smoke, great taste, smooth draw and aroma that make you want to inhale deeply. A cigar that lives up to all the hoopla that you write about. YUMMY YUMMY!! ”BB of Clearwater, FL
“Ordered a bundle of your Tierra Del Sols. A great smoke, smooth, great construction, an easy draw. The best bundled cigar I have ever smoked. I have already ordered another bundle. Just like your ad said, "when Nick Perodmo is on - He's on". ”JM of Cumbola, PA
“Thanks C/I ! Just got my order today and tried one of these (Tierra del Sol), what a great cigar! I'm smoking the Torpedo Maduro at the moment and must say it's excellent all around. Construction, appearance everything I'd expect from a Perdomo. This will now be a regular in my humidor. Thanks, B”WS of Waterford, MI
“These sticks are a steal at these prices. Tierra del Sol cigars are tasty little numbers, not too strong, not too weak, just right. They have the right amount of spicyness, a great aroma and they smoke evenly with lots of smoke from an easy draw. What else can you ask for? Get your hands on these while you can. They are a great every day cigar.”ST of brandon, FL
“Tierra del Sol is definitely a good smoke for chump change. Bought these prior to flying to Germany (not to mention the stash I placed in my humi) and they definitely hit the spot. Good clean smoke, nice slow burn, flavorful white smoke = Tierra del Sol. Grab this one while you can folks, I plan too!!!!”TW of APO, AE
“These Tierra DEl Sol cigars were a very plesant surprise. These cigars have a nice easy draw and a smooth taste. They make a great tasty cigar for relaxing with friends and CI has them at a great price. I will always keep a supply of Tierra Del Sol's in my humi from now on. I highly recommend you Buy'em and Try'em!”J. of H. V.Long Island, NY
“Wow! 27 testimonials. You won't find so many for other cigars. Since I smoked my first cigar (Cuban's Romeo & D), I have decided to try various brands to find out what my tong like. One brand that always satisfies me is CAO. When I was on one of the cigar shows I had a chance to shake hands with Nick Perdomo. His cigars rarely disappoint me. This one, as many folks mentioned, surprised me, too. On my personal scale, the Natural deserved 94 and the Maduro - 98. Yes, it's my personal scale. I don't buy anything below my 94 score. This cigar beats Perdomo 2 (once my favorite, also pressed). I did not find ANY bite in this cigar at all. It is smooth to the end, and for the advertised price it's unbeatable. I just ordered one more pack.”R of ZBaltimore, MD
“WOW what a tasty smoke. Got a five pack of the double corona, it looks like a chocolate bar. Damn fine cigar, very creamy and smooth. keep it up Nick and CI.”JT of Irvington, AL
“32 reviews at this point... the 33rd being written by me... and not ONE bad one. I don't know that I've seen that before. Usually there is one crank in the bunch, or an unlucky soul who got a bad bundle, right? But not here. I don't know how they do it, but for a very reasonably priced cigar, Perdomo is getting some outstanding consistency. I've been smoking these for several years now, as part of the regular rotation, and I've never had a bad one... ever. They do draw beautifully, and they do burn faster than others, but not hot... just fast. But you don't care, because it was good and fast, and it tasted great, and if you want, you can light up another right away because, hey, they don't cost an arm and a leg. Perfect for those times when you don't have an hour and a half or two hours to smoke a great cigar, but you don't wanna choke down one of the cheapies you got suckered into buying the other day. They aren't expensive, but the word "cheap" never enters your mind when you're smoking them. Seriously.”PS of Shelter Island, NY
“This is hands-down a no brainer to pick up (Tierra del Sol). Price, flavor, draw - Nick has done the impossible. I just wish I had more room in the humidor for more. It's all Joe's fault and his daily deals.”WB of Escondido, CA
“1: It's VERY difficult to buy a bad Perdomo Cigar. 2: When the thing costs as little as $1.50 it takes very little grey matter to decide what to buy. The Tierra Del Sol is, in my view, an excellent cigar regardless of the cost. Beautiful construction, lovely pre-light aroma, absolutely even burn and excellent flavour. There is now a bundle of them in the #1 humidor.”MC of MLeesburg, VA
“Tierra del Sol maduros are an awsome smoke for the $. Always tasty with an easy draw. Just a good everyday cigar that never disappoints.”HW of Memphis, TN
“Just smoked my last one from a purchase a few months ago. One of my cigar swapping buddies is a hound for La Gloria Cubana Serie R. Everything he smokes he compares to his favorite La Gloria's....he came back with a real "Thumbs Up" approval for Terra del Sol. Now I hope he buys a bundle and gives me a couple because I enjoy it more than the La Gloria's. I just love this square pressed beauty with the ample ring guage, rich flavor, and smooth draw it definetly provides some serious smoking enjoyment. I think it's better than Perdomo Lot 23.”SH of Saint Petersburg, FL
“I ordered a batch of the Tierra Del Sol a couple of weeks back and when they arrived I was smack in the middle of a case of bronchitis. I stared at my humidor for about a week and a half thinking about my new sticks. I am happy to say I was finally able to smoke one today with two of my buddies. We loaded up our guns, went to the range and had a M-1 day. We then celebrated my not being sick anymore with a glorious smoke. Guns, good friends, great cigars, awesome day!”MY of Lake Elsinore, CA
“I'm like TC from Chicago... Yeah, I know I should lay down freshly-shipped stogees in one of my humidors for at least a week before I sample the goodies. However, knowing that Nick Perdomo has never let me down so far, I fired one up last week, the day they arrived. First, no ammonia aroma coming out of the sleeve. Next, effortless draw yields a mighty plume of smooth fragrance across my palate. Okay guys, they've napped for a week... I can't help myself... I'm gonna fire one up tonight after dinner.”EB of Woodbridge, VA
“I have been smoking cigars seriously and consistently for 5 years now, after trying over 200 brands and cig makers. I had finally settled in to 4 favorits all from Nicquariqa and all maduro. Ater smoking Nick Perdomo new "Tierra Del Sol", I now have 5th favorite. What a great smoke!! Now, I just hope Nick doesn't change any part of this new cigar. What a jewel of a smoke.”WG of Trophy Club, TX
“I literally got my shipment of them (Tierra del Sol) 20 minutes ago and was going to let them age in my humidor... after about 10 minutes, I had to have one. I'm normally a mild smoker and these are a little stronger than that but very smooth. Great thick smoke, which I enjoy, and an amazing smell and taste. A top-quality cigar... the priced like a cheap machine-made one.”BE of Dallas, GA
“I have a couple humidors with a mess of brands. I always come back to a Tierra del Sol and always enjoy it. The first half tastes a bit like maple syrup and the second like butterscotch. To be picky it's a little soft and can burn hot, otherwise an excellent choice for lots of flavor and a surprising kick. Oh, and go with the natty and not the maddy.”ST of Redding, CA
“After a few days in the humidor, I thought it was time to try one of these maduro torpedos (Tierra del Sol). I can only add to what already has been said ... nice easy draw, beautiful construction, rich sweet smoke. Great with a Belgian Saison or Trippel Ale.”S. of L.N., VA
“This is a must for anyone looking for quality and price (Tierra del Sol). I picked a few of these up last time they were a "deal of the day" and have been patting myself on the back for my shrewd bargain shopping (and I mean BARGAIN). These provide a nice mellow earthy flavor with just a twinge of spice and are spot on for someone looking for a quiet relaxing smoke; or as in my case, get lit about the 3rd or 4th hole on the front nine and last to the start of the back. Even if I can't get my game to work for me that day, I do get some solace that I did it while enjoying one of these tasty little beauties.”JW of fayetteville, NC
“I definetly recomend the Tierra Del Sol to anybody who has not tried it yet. It is a mostly med body smoke but it will linger towards the full body area a little with lots of flavor and some hints of hot pepper spice every now and then. But that seemed to mellow out after sitting in my humidor for about a week or so. Good construction, and well worth the money!!”CG of Roseville, CA
“Not a bad smoke overall (corona), some good flavor and aroma. A little underfilled, I would have preferred a little more heft. Not one of Perdomo's best. Definitely a lower end cigar.”SB of E. Taunton, MA
“Thought i ordered the Camaroon but got the Maduro... My bad. Maduro is a bit on the peppery side for me, and i like a strong cigar. Nice burn and roll.”BH of Princeton, NJ
“I absolutly love the smokes (Tierra del Sol), I have only had the maduro has anyone tried the other wrapper and what is it??? These are my daily smokes, in fact I truly believe they are better than about 75% of the premium smokes out there. Enjoy everyone I know I will!”KD of Port Neches, TX
“I got these (Tierra del Sol) a week or so back and put them in my humidor. Pulled one out today and fired it up. I was impressed from the first puff on. It had a nice burn, even draw, and was consistent right down to the end. I would suggest that you give this one a try. It was exactly as described as everything from CI always is.”ET of Sparks, NV
“Very nice wrapper on the maduro robusto. Smooth but tasty smoke. Will Order again. i would rate The Tierra Del Sol an 89. Thanks CI! This is my 3rd very Satisfied order. Tried other guys, but ci is the BEST! Thanks again!”RM of Mt.Airy, NC
“Ok 1st things 1st. When I received mine the first thing I noticed was how good they looked. Almost looks like a chocolate bar cut into a torpedo:) I (and it was hard) placed them in the humi for a week then couldn't take it any longer. Guess what Nick Perdomo does not disappoint! This cigar taste great! Draw is great, burns even, if I look for something bad I smoked the Torpedo in about 20 minutes. Really like 30-40 minutes at least out of a torpedo. I wrote a review about Bahia Blue and how I would buy more, not sure now, depends if I have money left over from buying more Tierra Del Sol. For the money buy them or don't and I'll have more to buy. Keep burning.”TK of McCalla, AL
“Ah, Nick's been at it again, I see. The man just cannot touch a cigar blend without making it into one of his signature blends, it seems. If you like Perdomo cigars, you're going to like this one. If you need to economize, like I do, you're gonna just LOVE this cigar. This is the 2 buck chuck I throw into my pocket whenever I go somewhere, especially in the morning. But I could honestly smoke these all day long. I have to think that he makes his own Maduro leaves, 'cause everyone I've smoked is better than the last one. I have just found no better anywhere, no matter which cigar from him it's been on.”RH of Shady Side, MD
“I had my first Tierra del Sol yesterday and came away quite impressed. The pressed cigar kinda feels really cool in your hand and belies the fact that the pull on this cigar is effortless. I just left a rave review of the Perdomo Habano Torpedo Maduro as well...it looks like I will be smoking mucho Perdomos in the future!!!!”BS of seward, AK
“Ok, I smoke TONS of cigars. Ive tried at least 15 different brands over the last month. Other than the Excalibur, this is by far the best legal cigar i've had. This is by no means a long lasting stick(45 minutes MAX), but it is VERY tasty. The first inch off the torpedo is very peppery, then it mellows out into a very toasty, medium flavored taste, with a slight coffee aftertaste. The nub once again goes to pepper, but not to the point that its overpowering. The draw varies with the cut, but I found it almost effortless, and the burn is pretty even, leaving a solid white ash which will grow to almost 2 inches if you let it. This is now my favorite Perdomo product and I would recommend it to anyone as a great daily smoke at a great price!”RD of Milwaukee, WI
“Must admit that the Bugatti lighter for 10 bucks with purchase of a bundle of 20 had a lot to do with my purchase of this cigar. But I can also admit that it will have nothing to do with purchase of my next bundle of these beauties. This is a very good cigar and will always have a place in my humidor.”JA of Shoreacres, TX
“After reading all of the great reviews on this cigar I had to try them. I placed an order for a box of the 7.5x42 which is a much smaller ring size than I normally smoke. When they arrived the first thing I noticed was the box press shape. For some reason I never saw that these were made in that style. Not being a fan of pressed cigars, I started to send them back but changed my mind & fired one up. What a huge mistake that would have been by not trying this cigar. In spite of its shape, from the very start this was a great smoke. The flavor keeps your attention with the way it seems bold but smooth as silk. You can't say it is mild yet neither is it strong. Enough spice to please your palate, with plenty of smoke. Even with the 42 ring size I got more than an hour of smoking pleasure. An even burn with long ash adds to the beauty of this stick. When you consider the price, this is a must try cigar that I will add to future orders.”DM of Hixson, TN
“These are extremely inexpensive torpedoes. I'd say they need some time and don't smoke 'em ROTT. With some humidor time they improve to the point they become more what I believe they aspire to. I think they're a bit rough around the edges at first. Initially, I thought they were white pepper and not much more. They burn nice enough, if a bit fast, but they get more of the earthy element when they have about 6-months age. At that point they remain peppery and have some darker, more earthy, tastes to balance out better. This will never, I think, be my "go to stick", but with a little patience they become decent. What must be kept in mind is the supreme low price and a degree of patience. If tempered with age and reason they're compelling within reason.”JW of CULLMAN, AL
“Excellent Cigar for the money. The first one I had did not seem to follow how others had reviewed. I thought I was going to have to suck it up and struggle through the rest of the bundle, but the following day I had another one and it was delicious. I have not had another bad one since, I mention that only in case others encounter anything similar. I recall someone else mentioning Perdomo Lot 23 in their review, I can definitely see where that came from and for the price I will be keeping a supply of these in my humidor.”MC of Milwaukee, WI
“Good cigar, enjoy!”MG of COOPER CITY, FL
“Nice smoke, especially for 2.50 a stick. Well constructed, burns well. The flavor is interesting, a bit different than any other cigar I've tried. I had the natural wrapper. The description speaks of a tangy flavor. Yep, its tangy but in a good way. I liked this one, and for the price its worth a try.”BB of CHARLOTTE, NC
Unless you’ve been asleep at the wheel the past month or two, you know that SCHIP is right around the corner. This bill is placing a heavy tax on all cigars, and will result in higher prices starting 4/1. Some manufacturers are using this tax as a vehicle to introduce price increases that, in some cases, go above and beyond the level of the tax. In several cases, manufacturers have instituted multiple price increases on the same cigar, capitalizing even further. On top of this, some cigars are already quite expensive, and any new increases (whether it be additional costs or taxes) could possibly put them out of reach for the working man. In an effort to provide you with optimum value, I will be matching up two cigars each week. One expensive cigar and one lesser-expensive option, comparing them based on flavor, satisfaction, construction, and price.
Volume 3 – Padron Maduro and Perdomo Tierra del Sol Maduro
Padron is a darling among cigar enthusiasts, and comes highly decorated with countless top ratings and cigar honors from select publications. It’s handmade in Nicaragua and commonly considered to be a cigar for which other handmades are judged. Tierra del Sol is also made in Nicaragua, but represents a value-priced brand that caters to the working man. A flavorful blend from Tabacalera Perdomo that has been a fan favorite among our catalog, retail store, and online buyers for nearly a decade. Oohhh....an epic battle of the Nicaraguan puros!
Since I am a maduro freak, I will be looking at the maduro variety of each. Let’s discuss the cigars....
Padron – A well-known Nicaraguan available in two varieties: natural and maduro. Its fillers are comprised of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobaccos aged for a minimum of 2½ years. The cigars are nicely rolled and finished in box-pressed format. Oily to the touch with a thick maduro leaf.
Perdomo Tierra del Sol Maduro – Produced by Nick Perdomo in Nicaragua. Tierra del Sol consists of Cuban-seed long-fillers grown throughout Nicaragua, inside either a Nicaraguan sun-grown (natural) wrapper or a Nicaraguan broadleaf maduro. These cigars are also rolled well and finished with a sharp box-press frame. Also oily, with a marbleized wrapper.
Honestly....remove the bands and the average Joe will surely have a helluva time telling them apart. Now let’s see how they compare in terms of flavor and quality....
Padron – I chose the #5000 Maduro, a chunky toro-sized vitola. The cigar draws nicely from the start and produces a pleasant, toasty aroma. Off the bat, the cigar is enjoyable. Deep in rich, coffee-like nuances with a smooth finish. Roughly 10 minutes passed and I noticed a change. The cigar began to lose its character. The coffee was gone and the richness was fading. Tobacco flavors became dominant. On the bright side, the aroma remained toasty and pleasant. Unfortunately, that’s about it until the end. I know I will take a lot of heat for this, but Padron just didn’t deliver beyond the first inch or so. I gotta be honest, I was disappointed.
Perdomo Tierra del Sol Maduro – To keep things as equal as possible, I went with the Toro Maduro in this blend, a comparable size weighing in at 6.5”x54. It draws well upon first light, with just a touch of effort required. The cigar opened with a rich tobacco flavor complemented with a toasty, charcoal-like aroma. After the initial blast of rich tobacco mellows, a creaminess coated my palate, influenced by a touch of black coffee. The cigar was mellow, more so than the Padron, but contained a cedary-sweetness that hit the front of my palate on the finish every now and then. I wouldn’t call this a complex cigar, as there are no drastic twists and turns, but it’s certainly tasty from start to finish with enough going on to keep me interested beyond the final inch.
Without considering price, I can easily say the Tierra del Sol has Padron beat. Again, I know I will take a lot of heat for this, as I know folks are passionate about Padron and willing to walk over their fellow man to purchase just one. Me, I enjoy the cigar and not the band, and the Tierra del Sol delivers what the Padron does not: a constant, flavorful smoke from foot to nub that’s both satisfying and mellow enough to enjoy all the time. Tierra del Sol, 88. Padron, 86.
Padron isn’t the most expensive cigar by any means, as the #5000 Maduro sells for about $5.45 per cigar after we apply our characteristic discount skeelz. This price is likely to go up – how high? We just don’t know yet. Price is not the only consideration here. Availability also comes into play. Padron is often out of stock or hard to find in brick and mortars due to low inventory levels and modest allocations. On the other hand, the Tierra del Sol Toro Maduro has already received a slight SCHIP price increase and still only sells for $1.99 a stick. Better still, being a stud in our sales department, Nick ensures we have a constant supply to keep up with demand.
That said, my ratings for these two Nicaraguan puros must be adjusted, and Perdomo Tierra del Sol wins comfortably. Flame on, Padron lovers!
Padron Maduro: 93
Perdomo Tierra del Sol Maduro: 89