June 21, 2015

Perdomo Small Batch 2005 Maduro Belicoso (5x54)

Video review HERE.

This is the final installment in the Perdomo Small Batch 2005 series. All the cigars in the series use the same binder and filler with only the wrappers changing. This cigar uses a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper. Perdomo says the tobacco for the Small Batch 2005 release was aged for 10 years and the wrappers spent some time in bourbon barrels. All the cigars are made at Tabacalera Perdomo in Estelí, Nicaragua.

It is available in the same four sizes and prices: 
Half Corona (4 x 46, $4.99)
Rothschild (4 1/2 x 50, $5.99)
Belicoso (5 x 54, $6.50) (REVIEWED TODAY)
Toro Especial (5 1/4 x 54)

All sizes are limited to 3,000 boxes per vitola, per wrapper for a total of 1.08 million cigars.

Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the tip of the cap was very good. The initial flavors were chocolate, espresso, and nutmeg. The chocolate has a little sweetness. The cigar is heavy on the espresso. There was black pepper rated at an 8. This cigar produced a lot of smoke! There is an earthy finish; somewhat like earthy coffee.

1 1/2 inches in and the flavors have not changed. There is a little earthiness mixed in the front end but that's not unusual for these other flavors. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

At about the midpoint the same flavors are present but now there is a slight amount of butter which gives the cigar a semi-richness. It is not overly buttery but I detected some. The finish is now a toasted cream with a small amount of lingering pepper. The cigar is moving toward medium to full bodied.

The cigar ended with a touch of sweet cedar. By and large this is not a sweet cigar. There is some in the chocolate and now the cedar but not much else. The espresso plays a huge part. The finish was about the same. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This is a very dark noted cigar. I could see this as an after dinner cigar.

Score: 89

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