September 23, 2012

Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut Grand Robusto (5 x 60)

Video review HERE.

This is the second of my reviews of the new Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 cigars. This is the Connecticut version. It is a 60 ring cigar just as the Sun Grown version was. In fact, all the new Grand Cru 2006 cigars are 60 ring. They come in 3 sizes; Grand Robusto (5 x 60) MSRP $7.00; Grand Epicure (6 x 60) MSRP $7.75; and Grand Churchill (7 x 60) MSRP $8.50 per cigar (excluding state and local taxes). “We will completely absorb the SCHIP tax on the Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 as we do on all of our other brands,” states Nick Perdomo, Jr. “We are committed to providing the very best cigars at great price points for both retailers and consumers as we continue to experience tough economic times.”

This cigar utilizes an Ecuadorian Connecticut-shade wrapper which compliments the rich Cuban-seed binder and filler blend.

On the side of the band is the designation of "Connecticut".

The cigar is very dense and heavy feeling in the hand.

The test draw was great after cutting the cap. The initial flavors at light up were a sweet grapefruit. The pepper seems to be a 7 out of 10 on the Tim scale; very good. There were some vanilla notes on the grapefruit. There were also vanilla notes on the finish...but it's early.

About 1/2 inch in the flavors settled down quickly into a rich, sweet grapefruit citrus with a vanilla backing. The black pepper is very good. Possibly it's not as intense as it was at light up; maybe a 6 out of 10...but still very good. The finish is a straight vanilla with some lingering black pepper. The richness is very nice. The citrus reminds me of a grapefruit that you might have at breakfast with a little sugar sprinkled on top. I like that.

One thing worth pointing out is how evenly this large cigar burns. Here we are about 3/4 inch in but you can already see how evenly it burns. Notice the ash. It's a salt and pepper color as compared to the Sun Grown which had an almost white ash.

At the one inch point there is a new flavor; coffee. It gives the cigar depth and it's very nice when combined with the grapefruit and vanilla. The pepper remains very good. The finish reminds me of a vanilla yogurt. There is a touch of lingering black pepper also.

At the band you can see how evenly the cigar is still burning. The coffee notes have now caused the vanilla notes to taste a little toasted. These combine very nicely with the grapefruit citrus.  The finish also has seen some of the effects of the coffee causing the vanilla to now taste like cream.

Here at the end the cigar never had any bitterness as you sometimes have with Connecticut wrapper cigars. The coffee notes have really come forward since the midpoint. The rich grapefruit citrus, toasted vanilla, and coffee along with the nice amount of black pepper make this a very enjoyable cigar. Plus, the cream and lingering pepper on the finish complete it. This is a medium bodied cigar that is full of flavor. I believe anyone who loves full bodied cigars would like this cigar because of it's rich flavors. Give it a try. Perdomo continues to make great cigars. They have raised the Grand Cru series up a notch or two. These cigars are fantastic. I highly recommend them.

Score: 92

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