Ever since I started smoking cigars, I have been curious about the process of making cigars. A couple of years ago, some friends from our local B&M (Maduro Cigars in Sarasota) went on a trip to the Perdomo Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They came back with amazing pictures and raved about the experience for months. My husband and I hung on their every word and drooled over their pictures. We promised ourselves that as soon as one of the shops in our area announced another trip we would go. When, some time later, nothing had been announced, we started proactively making inquiries with shop owners. We were told about a couple of potential trips, but they all fell through because of lack of interest or difficulty in scheduling.
Last summer, we were on vacation in Miami, where we attended a Perdomo Cigars event at a shop. We met Nick and Billy Perdomo and spent some time talking with them. During the course of our conversation we mentioned our friends’ trip and how eager we were to visit their factory. We exchanged contact information and a few days later we were looking at the details of getting on one of their tours. In August, we contacted their trip liaison and next thing we knew, we were scheduled for a trip in February. The months in between seemed to pass very slowly.
We have spent the past 2.5 days in Esteli, and let me tell you, it’s been the most educational and yet fun time I have had in a long time. We have met some great people and learned a lot about the cigars we love to smoke. I will be writing a blog entry about the experience very soon, but tonight I want to share with you a very special cigar we were given on our final evening of the trip.
The Perdomo Edicion de Silvio is a cigar named for Nick’s grandfather. It is their top of the line cigar, and a lot of love and care went into the blend and release of this cigar. The box is a work of art, and a select six people in their box factory are dedicated to working on it. We weren’t sure we would get to enjoy this cigar on the trip, but tonight our tour guide, Chris Harper (National Director of Sales at Perdomo), presented each of us with an Edicion de Silvio Natural Toro.
|Size: 6 x 54
|The cigar is sufficiently firm to the touch with no soft spots. I see a couple of small veins. The wrapper is a beautiful light brown shade with no imperfections. The wrapper and foot of the cigar give off a very light barnyard scent. The pre-light draw has some mild vanilla and cream flavors.|
|I’m thankful that I have become proficient with a Bic lighter the past few days, since that is all that is available to us to use for lighting the cigars. When, after some patience and diligence, I do get the cigar lit, I am greeted by some light black pepper on the front of the palate, and some cream and mild wood on the finish. After about a half inch, the profile mellows into rich creamy flavors with a hint of sweetness. The finish is smooth and creamy with subtle hints of mild wood. The retrohale also shows notes of wood. The draw on this cigar is amazing, which is to be expected given that only their top 3 or 4 rollers work on this cigar. The burn is just slightly uneven, attributed to the slightly uneven lighting of the cigar in the breeze.|
|The final third of the cigar starts off with the sweetness morphing into very creamy flavors, with a long finish of sweetness mixed with wood. About halfway through the final third there is yet another shift in the flavor profile. The flavor now starts off with a short blast of sugary sweetness. The finish, still long, starts off very creamy then turns woodsy. The cigar ends with a return of mild black pepper on the front of the palate and a blend of cream, wood and light black pepper on the finish.|