JC Newman

December 16, 2023

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro Epicure (6 x 54)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Perdomo has begun shipping its trio of 30th Anniversary cigars to a select group of retailers, debuting the lines with about 75 retailers across the country before likely expanding it to more stores in the future. A company representative told halfwheel that the cigars are set to arrive at those retailers this Friday, Nov. 17.

The cigars made their debut at the 2023 PCA Convention & Trade Show this past July in celebration of Nick and Janine Perdomo marking three decades in the cigar business, a milestone that was reached in 2022. What is now known as Perdomo Cigars dates back to August 1992 and an upstart cigar operation called Nick’s Cigar Co., based out of Miami. In those three-plus decades, the company was renamed to Perdomo Cigars and built an impressive factory in Nicaragua that not only produces cigars but makes its own boxes. The company also grows a significant amount of the tobacco used in its cigars.

Nick Perdomo Jr. previously said that the 30th Anniversary “encapsulates not only the essence of our team’s dedication to the finest quality and craftsmanship, but it also represents our longstanding commitment to our cherished patrons.”

As with many Perdomo lines, the 30th Anniversary is being released in three blend options, one using an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, another using a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper, and the third using a Nicaraguan sungrown leaf. All three use a Nicaraguan binder and filler and are offered in five sizes.

The Nicaraguan maduro leaf used on the Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro gives this version a “bold, sweet complexity with slight hints of dark cocoa and coffee on the finish,” according to the company.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro Robusto (5 x 54) — $12 (Box of 30, $360)

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro Epicure (6 x 54) — $12.50 (Box of 30, $375) REVIEWED TODAY

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro Churchill ((7 x 54) — $13 (Box of 30, $390)

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro Gordo (6 x 60) — $13.50 (Box of 30, $405)

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Maduro Torpedo (7 x 54) — $14 (Box of 30, $420)

All three versions of the Perdomo 30th Anniversary are made at the company’s factory in Estelí, Nicaragua and are being added as regular production lines to the company’s portfolio, though the company has said that they come with limited availability to ensure that it can supply its retailers with the cigars.

The cigar is dark brown and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, and black coffee. There as black pepper rated at 8. A lot of sweet notes. The citrus, brown sugar, and chocolate are all sweet. The black coffee at the base is a little on the light side. Nice start.

At the first third (28 minutes) I got sweet cream notes in the mix. They come after the citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon and chocolate. The cigar is very close to full bodied. I'll call it medium to full but I expect it to be at full bodied in the second third. The finish is faint citrus and chocolate with very good lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved through the second third (57 minutes) the black coffee took a turn up, which is not all bad because it was light in the initial assessment. It's up quite a bit. There is more of a citrus/cedar initial note along with the other notes. The sweet cream notes are still in play although subtle. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is a hint of citrus with dark chocolate and black coffee. The lingering black pepper is very good. The elevated black coffee got a little too much to maintain the previous score so I lowered the second third to 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 22 minutes. The black coffee pulled back a little and the citrus notes came back out. The cigar is in balance. I didn't have the cream notes any more. There is dark chocolate and black coffee at the base. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I expected this cigar to be good and it did not disappoint. I rated the final third 95. Perdomo is known for making very good maduros and this one is no exception.

Overall Score: 94.67

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