Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra – Cigar Review
The Perdomo Champagne and Champagne Noir line is getting an additional size an was introduced at the 2012 IPCPR. Perdomo Cigars had several new releases at the 2012 IPCPR including the 20th Anniversary, Grand Cru 2006, and the Bugatti by Perdomo. The new size in the Champane Noir Corona Extra is a 5 5/8 x 46. The Champagne Noir line is one of my go to cigars that I smoke often. The Corona vitola is one of my favorite sizes, so I was quite happy when I heard about this introduction and luckily I was able to get samples of both the Champagne and Champagne Noir lines, so today I am reviewing the Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra.
Size: 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cuban-Seed Maduro
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra has an extremely attractive wrapper, which is the color of dark chocolate with little veins and beautiful oil. The construction is excellent, very firm, and has a tight cap. The band is an impressive mix of black, gold, and orange. It says Perdomo Reserve Champagne with Noir written below it.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper on the Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra has notes of sweet rich chocolate, coffee, and oak. The foot has the scent of chocolate, coffee, oak, and some mild spice. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra, and on the cold draw there is some chocolate and coffee.
Smoking Characteristics: The Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra opens up with just a fantastic draw of rich, cool, smooth, creamy, and delicious smoke. There are notes of rich chocolate, coffee, and a light oak spice. Unlike the larger vitolas, not only is there cocoa, there is also a nice little cane sugar on the finish. The strength is in the medium range with a nice retrohale.
Into the second third, the Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra retains the same flavors, but now they intensify. A cane sugar note also now enters the smoking profile a bit, adding a wonderful balance to the blend. The draw remains perfect, the burn is very sharp but there’s a slight issue with the ash. I’ve found that the ash on some coronas won’t really hold past the half inch point before it breaks off when you rest it. However, if you are holding the cigar it will continue to hold firm.
During the final third, the oak flavors really increase, taking over the flavor profile. The coffee and chocolate become a bit less intense and the cane sugar flavor is now gone from the smoking profile. The ash starts to hold a bit more firmly towards the end, nearly holding to the inch mark. The burn and draw remain excellent and it smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat.
Conclusion: The Perdomo Champagne Noir Corona Extra is an excellent addition to the Champagne Noir line. It smokes with a lot more intensity, and flavor than the rest of the Perdomo Champagne line. The ash didn’t stand up quite as well as the larger vitolas, but aside from that, it had wonderful construction. Overall it was a fantastic cigar which I enjoyed immensely.