Many times a cigar does not live up to the hype that goes along with its promotion. Cigars are delicate and challenging things to craft, and many times when differing components are brought together, the uniqueness of that creation can never be achieved again. It takes a very special cigar family to produce a hit two times in a row, but that’s what Nick Perdomo Junior and the master blenders and rollers of his cigar company have achieved. The follow-up to his very sought-out Perdomo ESV 1991 cigar line brings together the same level of expertise that I have grown accustomed to in all of the Perdomo line, and something new that is definitely an improvement over the original.
The Perdomo Estate Seleccion Story –
While I was researching this cigar, I found out that the tobaccos that were selected were grown and harvested back in 2002 and have been resting and curing ever since. So special is this tobacco to Nick Perdomo that he then added an earthy Habano Maduro that is triple-fermented in aged bourbon casks as a wrapper to this smoke. This extra fermentation is designed to bring out even more of the outstanding flavor of his Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Nick Junior wanted to top his success with the ESV 1991 by improving the complexity of the flavors, ensuring that the cigar was well-blended, and each of the tobaccos selected was a compliment to the others.
Name: Estate Seleccion Vintage 2002
Produced by: Perdomo
Factory: Tabacalera Perdomo
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Ring Gauge: 54
Length: 7 Inches
The dark, lustrous, chocolate wrapper was smooth and firm to the touch as I worked it between my thumb and forefinger. A very slight oily sheen to the leaf only made me smile even more as I inhaled a smooth richness at the foot. Deep coffee overtones were very well pronounced when I put the cigar up to my nose.
The cigar was very firm to the touch with an almost box-pressed consistency. There were no flaws in the wrapping or the cap of the stogie. Once I clipped and lit the cigar, the draw was smooth and even. The lighting was flawless.
In the course and rhythm of smoking the cigar, I hardly removed it from my lips. I really don’t remember the last time that I enjoyed such a consistent burn in a cigar without having any touch-ups. The Perdomo ESV 2002 smoked effortlessly and evenly, and left behind great white clumps of ash.
The sweetness of the coffee and the pepper tastes was outstanding. All of the flavors were blended well and disbursed throughout the entirety of the cigar. Generous amounts of leather and coffee laid on my palate and wafted up to my nostrils as I smoked. Toward the end, the pepper began to mute somewhat, and a warm cedar rush finished off my smoking bliss as I chewed and puffed along.
The flavors were so pleasurable on my palate that I hungrily chewed on the end of the cigar. The pepper and spice that normally comes at the end of smoking a fine Habano did not occur. Instead the warm cedar flavor permeated my head and I became pleasantly subdued. I enjoyed this cigar to the nub and beyond. Even now, I can still taste the remnants of the coffee and the cedar that were blended so well, long after I have stopped smoking the cigar.
The follow-up to his greatly desired Perdomo ESV 1991 cigar line brings together the same level of expertise that I have grown accustomed to in all of Perdomo’s blends of cigars. This combination of vintage tobaccos has hit the mark in a very satisfying medium-bodied smoke. You would simply be hard-pressed to find a better value and more appealing cigar at your local tobacconist’s these days. The Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage 2002 Maduro has it all, and I hope you go and enjoy one – or perhaps twenty – whenever you get the chance.
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