The Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 was one of the new introductions at the 2012 IPCPR show in Orlando. In fact, Perdomo had several new introductions. New line introductions included the Perdomo 20th Anniversary in both a Maduro (which I reviewed here), and a Sungrown. They also introduced the new Bugatti by Perdomo which is a cigar inspired by the Bugatti lifestyle and is available in both a Maduro and Connecticut Shade. Plus they added a corona extra size to their popular Champagne and Champagne Noir (Review of the new Champagne Noir here) lines.
Today I am reviewing their new Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 line which is made with vintage 2006 tobaccos. The new Grand Cru 2006 line should be a big hit with large ring gauge fans, as it is only available in 60 gauge sizes coming in a 5 x 60, a 6 x 60, and a 7 x 60. Like most of Perdomo’s lines the Grand Cru 2006 is available in three different wrappers, Connecticut, Sungrown, and Double Maduro which I am reviewing today in the Grand Robusto size.
Size: 5 x 60
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Double Maduro
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro has Perdomo Grand Cru written up top with what appears to be a second band below it, but is actually attached, which has the classic Perdomo sunburst logo made out of tobacco leaves. On the side of the band it has Double Maduro and Crop of 2006 written on it. The wrapper is dark chocolate in color with moderate veins, a nice oil, and a generous cap.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro has notes of dark chocolate, grass, and coffee. The foot has a scent made up of spice, cocoa, hay, and coffee. I use a V-Cut to prepare smoking the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro, which is my preferred method of smoking 60 gauge sticks, and on the cold draw there is a flavor which is a mix of coffee, cocoa, hay, and a nice rich spice.
Smoking Characteristics: The Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro opens up with notes of deep rich dark chocolate, coffee, rich spices, a nice oak spice, and just a bit of earth as well. The flavor is delicious, well blended, and very rich. The light mix of spices warms the palate ever so slightly between draws, with a nice coffee and oaky flavor which finishes on the palate. In the first third, the strength is around medium to full, slightly on the fuller side. The draw is excellent, providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth smoke.
Into the second third, the spices kick up a bit, but do not overpower the oak, coffee, or dark chocolate flavors. The earthiness from the first third seems to have faded out of the flavor profile at this point. Now the flavor is reaching a nice complexity and an excellent balance with the spices playing off the deep, yet slightly sweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The blend still warms the palate slightly and provides a long finish.
During the final third of the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro, there isn’t really any evolution to the flavor profile, the blend of spices, dark chocolate, coffee, and oak flavors all remain. The strength does kick up to the lower end of the full spectrum, and is giving me a great buzz. The ash holds very solid, easily past the inch point. The burn has been about razor sharp for the entire smoke and hasn’t required any touch ups. The draw is still excellent, easily providing a full body of the rich, cool, smooth smoke.
Conclusion: The Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro might pack too much of a kick for a new smoker, but for someone who enjoys a good Maduro and a good full body cigar it should easily please them. The flavors are excellent, and I think I may have found my new favorite in the Perdomo lineup, but I think I’ll still be grabbing my Champagne Noirs when I want something a bit sweeter. The blend on the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro was fantastic, the construction excellent, and overall the stick was very enjoyable. This is certainly a must try.