Ya'll have probably read my review on cigars called Mistakes many moons ago. Well, these are different, so don't get your panties in a knot thinking that I'm writing about the same cigars from years ago. I'm often afraid that Alzheimer's has kicked in early, but luckily I haven't lost my mind yet. These Perdomo Mistakes are different, oh so different. You can read the full story here, but the short of it is that these are the original Perdomo 2 Milenario size in a round shape rather than a box-press. I'm not sure how many of you tried the Perdomo 2, they're dandy cigars with a terrific spice and subtle strong flavor that can knock you down if you've you've got an empty stomach. They're extraordinarily well-made, slow-burning, and filled with a ton of rock'em, sock'em Nicaraguan tobaccy.
OK, now, why are these so special? Well, to be brutally honest....they're cheap, and they're even smoother. "What! Gonz, are you telling me that I get the same damn thing for $50 cheaper." Um, yeah! In fact, the burn and draw on these is so tremendous, that I've smoked a dozen just for "research" to make sure they're for real. I might get the cheapskate award of the century, but I dare not steer you wrong. I've smoked 6 of each - Nicaraguan maduro and Cameroon natural. My preference is the maduro, the wrapper gives it a subtle sweetness that softens the bite off the strength. This weekend we opened our new 5,000 sq ft retail Super Store, and in the 2 hours I was over there, I had 2 customers come up to me and ask for the Perdomo 2 Mistakes, and I recommended the same to another 2 customers - all of which said "Hey, you're Gonz, why haven't you written these up yet?" There you have, my impetus for another Gonz's pick.
The Cameroon wrapped Mistake is spicy and dry with a smooth burn that wreaks of supremely aged tobacco. The bite of the Cameroon wrapper is evident - a flavor that seems to be a love'em or hate'em relationship with some folks. I like an occasional Cameroon, but often, the flavor tends to overpower the underpinnings of the cigar (yes, it's almost flavor-heavy). A dry character and back of tongue quality lingers on the finish. The Nicaraguan maduro, albeit with the same strong character under the wrapper, has a softer approach to the full-bodied cigar. The spicy-sweet flavor hits the middle part of your tongue and lingers much less with a moister (less-dry that is) quality that doesn't dry out your mouth. It's terrific, and the price tag is terrific too. High quality and low risk.
That young chap Nick Perdomo knows how to make a damn fine cigar, lemme tell ya. Some of his latest brands, like Edicion de Silvio and Perdomo ESV are knock your socks off good. But, if you're looking for something that's a little more reasonably priced with a terrific flavor, and super-premium quality, you simply cannot go wrong with this doozy for just over $2 a stick.