When the Revolution broke out in1959, both Silvio and Nick Sr., who were virulently anti-Communist, suffered at the hands of Castro’s thugs. Silvio was arrested and spent 15 torturous years in prison, while Nick Sr. miraculously survived gunshot wounds after being ambushed by pro-Castro gueriillas. Fortunately, Nick was able to escape from Cuba thanks to a friend who was able to get him passage to Washington, D.C. Eventually, he found work and raised a family. Then, in 1976, the Perdomo family, which now included Nick Jr., moved from Washington D.C. to Miami.
After graduating from high school, Nick Jr. entered the U.S. Navy. Following his service he worked as an air traffic controller at Miami International Airport. But with the cigar business in his blood, not to mention also having the knowledge and the resources, in 1992 Nick decided to start-up a factory in his Miami garage. With only three rollers it took a lot of hard work and patience, but by 1997 “Tabacalera Perdomo” had earned a considerable reputation among cigar smokers, and the factory was now operating out of Ybor City to meet the demand. It was the proverbial American Dream scenario. However, due to the high cost of labor, that same year, Nick Sr. came out of retirement to help Nick start-up a factory in EstelÃ, Nicaragua, where the company now produces all of its cigars from seedlings right up through the boxes.
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Now, here are my “go to” Perdomo cigars:
Perdomo2 Limited Edition Epicure Maduro (5 1/2 x 54) – I just love the earthy-sweetness this dark, box-pressed cigar puts out. The smoke is thick, creamy, rich in flavor, and amazingly consistent from stick to stick. I’d stack it against any of the world’s best cigars.
Perdomo Habano Robusto Maduro (5 x 52) – I’ll never forget the first time I saw Nick smoking this cigar. It was in one of the hotels during the 2007 IPCPR show. It could see its big, ornate band from across the lobby! It’s a full-bodied blend of Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in the EstelÃ, Condega, and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua. The smoke is dark, woody, spicy and incredibly creamy with an appealing sweetness throughout.
Perdomo 10th Anniversary Criollo Robusto (5 x 54) – Made with attractive Cuban-seed Criollo wrappers that impart a symphony of complex flavors including almond, coffee and cocoa with a smooth, silky finish, the cigar full-flavored, yet more medium in body overall.
Alabao Toro (6 x 54) – I like this cigar because it’s similar in character to the 10th Anniversary Criollo above. Like the latter, it also sports a lush Criollo wrapper with an all-Nicaraguan core. The smoke has a rich, earthy base bolstered by notes of cedar, almonds, coffee bean, cocoa, and notes of sweet spice on the finish. A great “anytime” cigar, that’s also a little more affordable.
Perdomo Grand Cru Toro Maduro (6 x 50) – A blend of 2004-vintage tobaccos lie at the heart of this dark beauty rolled in a thick, chewy Maduro leaf. The smoke is creamy, woody, and naturally sweet with a delicately spicy finish. Great for after dinner.
Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Toro (6 x 50) – These cigars originally debuted with a Connecticut wrapper. They were pretty fine, but when Nick released the Maduro version I was hooked. Here again you have an all-Nicaraguan leaf blend with its core tobaccos grown in some of the purest and richest soil. The smoke is medium-bodied, well balanced, primarily woody in character and sweet from the get-go. They’re also more affordable now, too.
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As you can see, I’m pretty fond of Nick’s Maduro editions. That’s because he uses a Nicaraguan-grown Cuban-seed wrapper which is naturally sweeter that Connecticut Broadleaf. I also like that many of his cigars are rolled to a 52 and 54 rings, which gives them a chewier and more flavorful character. I’ve rarely, if ever, had a bad Perdomo cigar, so all I can add to that is, keep up the good work Nick!
Finally, please let me know what Perdomo cigars you enjoy by leaving a comment.