I apologize for my negligence. It appears as though I haven’t officially reviewed a cigar in exactly one month. This is simply unacceptable, especially per the standards of my boss. But, let’s not assume I haven’t enjoyed any noteworthy cigars over the past 30 days. Quite the contrary...I’ve been burning more than ever, and most have been recent releases, or cigars that’ll soon make their way to our Big List of Brands. Speaking of our Big List, what do you think of the new site? Pretty snazzy, eh? Major kudos to the Design and IT teams for putting that together!
Time to get back on track. Cigars...delicious cigars. It’s safe to say I’ve had a few over the past 30 days. One of which has really grabbed my attention, and based on the link you clicked on to get here, it should come as no surprise that it’s the Perdomo Habano. A new release from Tabacalera Perdomo that continues Nick’s push towards more value-driven cigars.
The concept behind Habano is simple: utilize the finest Cuban-seed tobaccos grown on each of Tabacalera Perdomo’s farms, which happen to be in the country’s top three growing regions, giving you the total Nicaraguan cigar experience. Habano comes in three varities, Corojo, Maduro, and Connecticut - all of which are quite robust. And so, now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s get on with my long overdue review.
I’ve decided to review the Corojo in two different sizes, Robusto and Toro. Each cigar is densely packed and heavy in the hand. The caramel-colored Corojo wrapper is both smooth and toothy, offering a great feel with a spicy-sweet pre-light flavor. Looking at the foot, it’s no secret what’s inside...dark, black ligero. The first few puffs are toasty, with a peppery blast hitting the front and sides of my palate. Like most spicy cigars, the pepper becomes an afterthought, as the true blending talents take center stage, and the Habano presents a rich, toasty smoke with notes of cashew and a hefty dose of coffee bean. It’s pretty creamy to boot. Each puff emits a thick cloud of heavy smoke, which is quite aromatic, filling the room with a spicy-sweet nose of wood. The cigar becomes considerably stronger towards the final third, resulting in a complex, eventful finish.
After trying 2 from each vitola, I am confident Nick blended these cigars specific to size, rather than trying to create the same flavor and strength profiles across the board. The Robusto is suprisingly strong when compared to the Toro...very strong in fact. If you’re looking for a knee-knocking, firecracker of a cigar, reach for the Robusto. Otherwise, grab a Toro for a medium to full-bodied, creamy smoke. Either way, you’re in for a treat.