Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut – Cigar Review

This year at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, FL, Perdomo’s new offerings included a new Grand Cru 2006 brand and a 20th Anniversary brand. I have already reviewed the Grand Cru 2006 Double Maduro (review here), the 20th Anniversary Maduro (review here), and the 20th Anniversary Sun grown (review here). Today I am reviewing their new Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut line which is made with vintage 2006 tobaccos that are aged for an additional 9 months in large Spanish cedar bins. The new Grand Cru 2006 line should be a big hit with large ring gauge fans. 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, Double Maduro, Sungrown, and Connecticut which I am reviewing today in the Grand Robusto size.

Size: 5 x 60
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Mild
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The band on the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut 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 Connecticut and Crop of 2006 written on it. The wrapper is a very light golden brown with little veins, seamless construction, and a bit of oil to it.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut has the scent of a sweet, clean, crisp hay. The foot has notes of spice, nutmeg, sweet hay, and nuts. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut and on the cold draw there is a mix of cream, hay, and nuts.

Smoking Characteristics: The Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut kicks off with an excellent draw, providing an extremely full body of rich, cool, sweet, creamy, dense, smoke. The initial notes are grass, cream, nutmeg, and a bit of pepper. After the first few draws the pepper calms down and is replaced with some sweet vanilla and nutty notes. There is also a slight underlying cedar tone which does not really play out in the smoking profile, but lingers on the palate between draws with a bit of baker spice and vanilla. The flavors are very well balanced, blended, and quite pleasant for a mild cigar.

As with a lot of Connecticut cigars, there is not much evolution with the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut. Yes, the flavors play off each other slightly, the vanilla becoming sweeter or more subdued as the smoke goes on, but the core of the flavors remains grassy, creamy, with a bit of nutmeg and the cedar lingering between draws. The construction on the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut performs very well, with the ash holding solid well past the inch point. The draw is absolutely perfect, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, sweet, creamy smoke. The burn has not required a touch up at any point, and is nearly razor sharp. It smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat or the flavor souring in any way.

Conclusion: The Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut makes for an excellent mild cigar, with fantastic flavors which are much more intense, present, and full than the average Connecticut. The strength is just slightly over mild, but not enough to be truly called medium. The construction is excellent, the draw perfect, the burn razor sharp, and the ash very solid. The Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut, just like the double maduro, is a real hit! I suggest picking one of these up and trying it out for yourself.

Rating: 91

MSRP: $7.00