You won't find much information online about this relatively obscure cigar. Perdomo's extensive website doesn't even mention the blend, and my emails to the company have gone unanswered so far. All this is a shame, especially since I was pretty pleased with the three Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Robustos that I smoked for this review.
Here's what I do know: The line features a Cuban-seed binder and filler from Nicaragua and a triple-fermented Connecticut shade wrapper. As with many anniversary cigars, this one was created to celebrate Tabacalera Perdomo's ten years in the business.
The five inch by 54 ring gauge Robusto looks like many Connecticut shade smokes, albeit save for the orange-yellow cellophane in which it is wrapped. The wrapper leaf is oily, light, and clean, and the stick is firm and tightly packed with an overall feel of quality. The unique band is as huge as it is ornate.
Now for those of you who consider yourselves too macho for Connecticut shade tobacco, don't write off the Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne just yet-this unassuming stick packs a lot more flavor than you'd think. While the main profile of sweet hay and grass is predictable, it is partnered with heavier, more unexpected notes of pepper, smoky wood, and cereals.
I don't want to give you the impression this Perdomo rivals a 601 Oscuro. It doesn't. But it incorporates more complexity and flavor than many Connecticuts, even after the taste settles down after the midway point.
While the construction isn't impeccable, it's better than most cigars that sell for around $130 per box of 25. The white ash is a little too flakey as it layers gorgeously atop the fairly straight burn. The draw is deliberate but easy. Despite some reviews I've read, I had no trouble keeping my three samples lit.
My overall verdict is that this is a solid, multifaceted smoke with more taste than meets the eyes. Don't pass up the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Robusto as a delicious early evening cocktail smoke. I give it three and a half stogies out of five.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Source: Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine