Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure: A delicious cigar rolled for celebrating
Recently launched over here in the UK, the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure was a cigar that I’d heard a lot of great things about. Replacing the 10th Anniversary Noir in Perdomo’s portfolio, this cigar made Cigar Journal’s top spot for Cigar of the Year 2021. By complete coincidence and entirely unplanned, once I lit up this cigar I realised that it was almost a year ago to the day that I filmed my very first cigar video review!
At first glance this cigar looks like a celebratory cigar. The gold and blue band was iridescent in the light with the slightly toothy, dark maduro (almost oscuro) wrapper that glistened with oils. Aromas of cocoa and coffee filled the air and once cut, the easy cold draw reinforced the cocoa notes and added some hay and pepper spice to the mix whilst my lips were left with a slight sweetness on them.
The first draws after lighting filled my mouth with the promised fresh coffee and cocoa flavours as well as a biscuitiness joining the mix with an undercurrent of freshly baked dough balls. The retrohale had a gentle peppery warmth to it and the smoke was rich, creamy and voluminous. My experience through the first third was a delight and left me excited to see what the middle third had in store for me.
Treacle, white pepper and chilli chocolate became the dominant flavours in this third. I found that the further through the cigar I smoked, the more intense the oils on my lips and fingers grew. The ash was perfectly formed in half-inch light grey balls with small pearls of white on it from the toothiness in the wrapper. The smoke had taken on a distinctly oaky taste and felt thick and weighty in my mouth.
My cocktail of choice for the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure was a delicious whisky variation of the classic Negroni – and it went so well with the cigar that I ended up mixing myself a second one to savour with the second half of the cigar. I can also imagine a Whisky Sour or Old Fashioned pairing exceedingly well with this cigar as both would give the right compliment of sweet and sharp notes.
The final third was especially oily, with aromas of olive oil and musk. It was also in this section of the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure that I became more conscious of the 14 month aging process that the wrapper went through – in bourbon barrels no less! A sweetness had built up during the middle and at no point during my time with this cigar had there been any harshness to the flavour or hiding in the retrohale. I could tell with every draw that this cigar had been cared for and crafted at every stage of its creation.
Having spent a delightful two-and-a-half hours smoking the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure, the cocoa once more making its presence known. I was enjoying it so much that I really didn’t want my time with it to end as I savoured this cigar and cocktail right down to the lip burning nub.
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Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure Cigar Details
Perdomo 10th Anniversary Box pressed Maduro Epicure Review Summary
This cigar was sumptuous, delicious and very much worthy of the occasion it celebrated, as well as any other special occasion. I’m very much looking forward to smoking this one again, and can’t wait to experience more cigars from the Perdomo portfolio.
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