My cigar of choice for the trip is a Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro. The wrapper on this cigar is beautiful, smooth and very few veins and a light oily sheen. The band itself is quit gorgeous and elaborate. The pre light aromas mild coffee and cocoa powder are evident so I sat back and torched this gem up. The beginning gave a burst of spice much like fresh ground pepper but right behind that came cocoa powder and what reminds me fresh topsoil, earth that has just been cultivated, all this with a hint of raisin in the background made the beginning very enjoyable. The draw was perfect and clouds of cigar smoke drifted in the gentle breeze as each puff gave immense flavor, with a little increase further into the first third.
Looking to the left, you can see practically into the next county as the horizon fades at the skyline. Here and there you can see ponds and a creek. The air is fresh and reviving and makes the aroma of my cigar even more pronounced. Looking to the left, all colors of orange, red and yellow can be seen in the bluff and in some areas just a hint of gray and blue thin lines show. Layers of earth from creation long ago, one on top another, long hidden from sight until the earth opened.
As I move into the second third, the cocoa powder becomes richer in flavor with hints of chicory coffee coming in. The earth was still present but had moved back, and the raisin still present working in unison with the spice gave a succulent combination of tastes. A mild sweetness much like nougat but darker crept in, causing the senses to enlighten to the complexity of the blend. The smoke is very smooth and velvety coating the tongue. Further into the second third, dark smoky wood could be noticed edging its way into the cavalcade of flavors.
As I sat enjoying this amazing cigar, I wondered about the past. This bluff is very old and it must have been a sight to early settlers and American Indians that lived here. This bluff has intrigued many, some who come to climb up or down it. Those who come to hike the many long trails around it, and those like myself who just come to site and enjoy.
As thoughts of history and the view linger in my thoughts the cigar was moving into the final third. The flavors had increased more, with the cocoa and coffee along with the smoky wood twist and turn in pronouncement, the spice and dark mild sweetness wrapping them as a blanket upon each draw, the smoke filling the senses with a rush of euphoria and relaxation of the body from the magnificent flavors. The final draw gave a burst of more spice with a touch of leather.
The Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro is a cigar not to be missed. Pick up a few and try them, see what flavors they give you.
Peace and Smoke,