Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cigar review: Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro

Sometimes I like to go back and review a cigar that has been around awhile, sort of like visiting and old friend. Such is the case today with a Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro. debuted in 2012 this cigar has seen great success and if you have smoked it then you know why. I went to my old home place, haven't been there in some time, for a visit and just to walk around. When I arrived no one was there, it now belongs to my sister, so I parked by the old house. Walking to the back yard I sat on our old bench to light my cigar. Constant Perdomo grand construction is evident and the cigar carries a nice deep cocoa color. Once the foot is toasted and the cigar lit, my mind is enthused by the greeting of rich leather, spice and shortly in, hints of mild sweetness as in molasses cookies begins to appear. The smoke is bountiful and gives a smooth effect to the palate. As I enjoy the cigar I walk out through the gate to one of the pastures, this one had the corn bin on it. I opened the wood door of the very old barn and stepped up into it, still the remains of a old crop in the corners remained. I remember growing up and the years spent coming in here to shell corn, toss nubbins out to the cows and to shovel ears into our old truck. This barn was here when my dad was young and articles from many years hang on the walls covered in dust.
As I plunder around the old barn the cigar moves into the second third. This blend is wonderful and shows its pureness as flavors of rich high content cocoa powder move ahead mixing luciously with dark coffee and now only a touch of leather. The spice is still evedent as it envelopes the flavors giving the smoker a nice combination of flavor addaptions in each draw. The mild sweetness I mentioned early is still present but in the background, still the delectable molasses cookie essence, beautiful.
On one wall I find and old pair of mule bits, its what they would use to guide the mule as they plowed the fields. Old saws, hand drills and wood working tools showing their age. Moving a wooden grate I found the corn sheller. When I was in my early teens, my dad brought this home. Until then we shelled corn by hand and with this it made things faster. It is cast iron with a crank handle and what you did was hold an ear of corn down in it and turn the crank. As you did so, two cast iron round plates with small teeth on it would knock the kernels off the cob. If you were not careful it would get fingers too, I found that out. 
Moving old things on the floor with my foot as memories flooded my mind the cigar moves into the final third. The flavors continue but the coffee backs off with the cocoa and leather moving up. The spice still is wrapping the superb flavors and the sweetness now morphs into a dark black strap molasses essence. Farther into the final third, a hint of dried fruit appeared which combines perfectly in the mix. As I was leaving the barn my foot stepped on something under old corn shucks. moving them I found a pocket knife my dad lost many years ago which, for a moment, stopped me in my tracks. As I held it in my hand so many memories came pouring in. I took a deep breath and placed it in my pocket, it now has a new home. Getting back in my truck and leaving, I took the last draws from the wonderful cigar with the last showing the spice ramping up and leaving a velvety smooth finish. 
If its been awhile since you smoke this cigar, pick some up and enjoy. One of the best around.

Smoke and Peace,

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