MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Cigar Review
By Gary Korb
Lost in a Sea of Nicaraguan Puros? Look to Perdomo.
I’ve been a fan of the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown selection since its debut, but I recently discovered one of the Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged cigars I somehow missed. Rolled in Nicaraguan Habano sun grown wrappers I found the Perdomo Habano Epicure “natural” equally enjoyable and impressively affordable.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Habano
Filler & Binder: Nicaraguan
My Experience: I was in the retail store looking for a Perdomo cigar when my eye went to the Perdomo Habano boxes. I’ve smoked a number of Perdomo Habano Maduros and Connecticuts over the years, but as I leaned-in closer to the display, I saw the words “Sun Grown” on the foot band of a size labeled “Epicure.” That’s when my curiosity prompted me to see how it compared to the more refined Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure.
OK, the Habano Barrel Aged isn’t as sweet. It’s much spicier, but it also shares a lot of the 20th Anniversary’s other fine qualities like the barrel-aging, which lends a nice woodiness to the profile along with earth, cashews and a note of dark roasted coffee. It’s really solid too. Excellent construction, even burn, firm ash, and all of the flavors are well-balanced, which I found satisfying enough to go for a 5-pack on my next store visit.
Suffice it to say . . . if you want to capture the true spirit of Perdomo’s full-bodied puros, the Habano Barrel Aged Epicure is the nuts and a cigar for all seasons. Moreover, considering its hefty 6″ x 54 dimensions, it carries a very reasonable price. Smooth enough to enjoy in the morning with coffee, rich enough to pair with a good IPA or your whisky of choice in the evening, the Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Epicure will get you there.
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