August 10, 2013
Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown Epicure (6 x 54)
Video review HERE.
This is the new Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown. Basically it's the same internal parts as the regular production Champagne except this version has a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper. The cigar is a medium to dark brown and well made. It has a nice feel in the hand.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were sweet grapefruit citrus and cream. There are also some earth notes and a touch of leather. The pepper is rated at a 7.
About 3/4 inch in there are changes. The leather notes which were light at the beginning are really taking off! Also, there is nutmeg to go along with the sweet grapefruit. There is a lot of sweetness to both of them. The finish is a sweet cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is mild to medium and I expect it to move to medium soon.
A little over 2 inches in the nutmeg is very sweet and the grapefruit notes have gone. The leather notes have greatly increased. The breakdown is about 45% nutmeg and 55% leather. The finish is still the same but there is a little more lingering pepper. The pepper is a black pepper. The cigar is now about medium bodied. You can really see how much influence a wrapper has on a cigar with this sun grown wrapper. With basically the same internal guts as the regular Champagne this cigar has a lot more lower end flavors.
With about 2 inches remaining the nutmeg has toned down a bit and the leather notes have really toned down. There is a third flavor now. It is a dry, slightly charred oak. The cigar is still medium bodied. There is still sweetness on the nutmeg.
With a little over an inch left you get an even split between the nutmeg, leather, and dry, charred oak. The finish is still one of a sweet cream but there are some notes of the charred oak also.
The new Champagne Sun Grown is definitely a step up in depth. There are a lot of lower register flavors in this cigar. The nutmeg was very nice with it's sweetness. I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit. Nick did a good thing when he added the sun grown wrapper to this cigar. Many who may have not liked the regular Champagne because it lacked a lot of lower end flavors may want to try this cigar. This cigar will be another hit for the Perdomo folks. Well done.