Cigar Review: Perdomo ESV 1991
Last week a customer at Ashes Tobacconist a store that I consult on gifted me with todays cigar asking my opinion. Despite telling him I am not a fan of Perdomo for the most part, I told him I would write the review here. The Perdomo website writes, “The ESTATE SELECCIÓN VINTAGE 1991 is delicately hand-crafted with rare Cuban-seed tobacco grown in the highly fertile region of Esteli, Nicaragua. The intricate blend delivers an elegant smoking experience of robust flavor and rich complexity with a smooth, silky finish.”
Cigar: Perdomo ESV 1991
Size: 4.25 x 52 (Phantom)
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Appearance and Construction (16/20): This Connecticut shade cigar is visually pleasing with a nice amount of oils visible on the wrapper. The cigar has some veins but nothing out of the ordinary and the cap is well placed. The large band with the Perdomo band stands out on the cigar and looks nice against the wrapper. The cigar itself has some soft spots and the foot appears loosely packed.
Flavor & Notes (25/30): On the foot of the cigar there are notes of spices and hay on the foot. The pre-light draw has some notes of raisins. The first third of the cigar had some slight spices to it and a lot of earthy notes. As we moved into the second third the cigar started to develop a creaminess to it with some coffee notes as well. The final third was nutty, and earthy.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): This short cigar with a nice size ring gauge burned nice and slow with a pretty even burn line. The dark colored ash held strong and I only ashed twice the entire smoke. The draw was perfect as well making this part of the cigar enjoyable.
Overall (21/25): For some reason Perdomo cigars never did it for me. They lack any wow factor and considering the price point there are so many other smokes out there that are better for less.