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Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro - Cigar Review

I just ate a double cheeseburger. Chips. Cottage cheese. Went down well, no cramping. This must be how G-d feels on his cheat days. Hey, have you listened to Stick Men yet?

Lettuce looksie this Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro...

Its cap is a tick spongy pre-light and softens further but only by a hair-so via burn. A mid-point soft spot annoys the heated shaft, soft even as compared to a not overly-stuffed roll. Seams hold. Draw is an even keel'd open yet somewhat swampy thing come second-half. Burn operates on a slight then self-correcting curve come 2/3. Ash grows to an easy and sturdy inch at a time. Grey-to-silver stack of dimes there. Lots of rich smoke out-put even off the resting foot. Somewhat of a sour tannic room-note. Nub is cool and at a point, softening stops. As far as nub, it takes a moderately paced 45 minutes to get there -- it just feels longer.
  • Black pepper (front-loaded)
  • Wood, oak & cedar
  • Wine, white
  • Honeydew
  • Cuban Coffee, thinly
  • Grapefruit
  • Blackcurrant*
  • Black walnut
  • Ashy (on immediate draw, second-half)
  • Diesel (on 3/3 finish)
  • Compost
Not a spicy stick by any stretch, even when the black pepper front is being felt. Sans any real spices. I'd categorize this Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro as a sour stick, bordering on acidic. Tart. Not much from the bitter spectrum and barely 'nuff from the sweet, but the woods do brace well... though not a balanced thing by a long-shot. Not complex, and the transitions there are, bring in ashy then diesel attachments. Hits the palate lighter than it seems to want.

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Maduro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium
FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Nicaragua

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

BUY: Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Robusto AT: Cigars City.

*"The blackcurrant, a small, tart berry, that when married with sugar can be made into jams, sauces, syrups, fruit drinks, and purple candy, is popular across Europe. But most Americans struggle to describe its flavor." http://www.businessinsider.com/blackcurrant-america-vs-europe-2016-10
(Wherein you can read all about "America's war against blackcurrants.")

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