The Next Best Thing to Cuban (Perdomo Habano Corojo)

2015-08-21 09.44.33Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with interesting descriptions, especially when you’ve been distracted.  I’ve had a rough month and it has taken more of my energy than I cared to give it.  Stress tends to sap my creativity.  So I’ve been meaning to tell you about this cigar for several weeks, which was a lovely breath of calm in a chaotic world, and not quite getting there.

The Corojo was intended to be as close to Cuban as an American import can get.  And they do a not-bad job.  I was immediately soothed by its smooth matte Connecticut wrapper, seamless and almost veinless.  It was presented with a classy Perdomo label that was unassuming but gently stylish.

Cigars International tells us that the Corojo was blended from habano-seed long leaf tobacco fillers from all of Nicaragua’s major growing regions:

. . . r​ich, full-flavored leaves from Esteli, pleasantly aromatic tobaccos from Condega, and sweet, creamy leaves from Jalapa.

There’s also two related variations: the Broadleaf Maduro and the Connecticut.

2015-08-21 09.44.50The cut was clean and easy with my portable single guillotine cutter.  The pre-light draw suggested a faint nut element.  I lit it at 9:30 am and was immediately greeted by butter and terroire.

I was suprised; that terroire is unique to Cuban tobacco, it’s the thing that makes it so prized and distinctive, and it’s what no other soil, no matter how recently a seed was taken from Cuba, has ever been able to imitate.  This was pretty close. Really close.

As I continued to enjoy the smoke, I detected distinctive earthy tones: mud, nut, patchouli, and moss maybe.  There were some spicy elements near the end.  It smoked delicious and cold, producing bilious smoke. It has a strong body and a powerful nicotine jolt.  I found little variation between thirds, but it was complex enough that I consider this to be an advantage and not a detriment.

It went out twice; once at 10:30, once at 11 o’clock.  I was extremely reluctant to let it go out and I relit it both times.  It finally went out for good twenty minutes after eleven, so that’s almost two hours worth of smoking time, even when I had to clip out a fair bit of the cigar because it had been burnt.

This stick is really sophisticated; by no means a beginner’s cigar.  But it’s perfect for the seasoned smoker.  I imagine it would accompany an Island scotch really well, with its mossy element  I think it’s a fantastic smoke and I highly recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a serious cigar smoker.  And Cigar Aficionado apparently agrees with me, having given it a 90 rating.

My rating is:

Stars - 4 and a half

I got mine as part of a Perdomo Sampler at Pipes & Cigars for $22.45 USD for the set.  You can also get them at Cigars International for $31.50 USD for a five pack and $113.99 USD for a box of twenty.

That’s a lady’s perspective!

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