Review: Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown
Nick Perdomo, Jr.: Navy veteran, family man and owner of the second largest cigar production facility in Nicaragua and the most rockin’ mustache in the business. In the last 27 years, Perdomo has gone from air traffic controller to building a cigar empire that began life in his Miami garage. There’s your recipe folks. Over the years, the Perdomo family of products has largely flown under the radar, quietly amassing over 30 lines of cigars, not including some catalogue, exclusive and contract blends.
But just because they go about their business in an almost subtle manner, doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy an immense following or have obtained iconic status. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, by crafting a line of cigars commemorating the milestone that includes blends around 3 wrappers – Sun Grown, Connecticut and Maduro. Arguably, the Sun Grown has garnered the most attention, snagging a respectable 91 rating (for the Churchill vitola) from Cigar Aficionado.
It is reported that the Sun Grown tobaccos are aged for 6 years followed by over 12 additional months of aging in bourbon barrels. The pecan shell-colored skin shows well on the torpedo vitola, which oozes with aromatic raisins. While the cap application looks sloppy, the torpedo execution is stunning. With black pepper and more raisins on the palate, the open draw required a couple of cuts equaling about a 3/8” final cut
The initial profile is bursting with rich intonations of toasted almonds, baking spices and leather around a chocolatey core. The baked bread notes on the draw along with a smattering of black pepper provide a great balance and add to a long, toasty finish. The Sun Grown is super smooth, but it does hit the ceiling in body and strength. Transitions feature more woody profiles punctuated by caramel, oak, and black coffee notes. Combustion is spot on producing a mostly even char. The 20th Anniv. Sun Grown is a delicious way to celebrate – well – everything, including a quiet Sunday afternoon… without in-laws. :)> In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: Perdomo introduced one of the first box-pressed cigars, the “Perdomo Squared”, during the cigar boom of the 1990s.
- Profile: Full
- Vitola: Torpedo
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6.5″ x 54
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan (Estelì, Jalapa & Condega)
- Cutter: Xikar xi1
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $9.00
- Humidor Age: 12 mo.
- Box: 24
- Other Vitolas: Robusto [5″x56], Corona Grande [6.5″x48], Epicure [6″x56], Gordo [6″x60], Churchill [7″x56]
Smoke Time: 1:38
Draw: Open (with 3/8′ cut)
Construction: Nice torpedo execution; Pecan shell-colored wrapper; hard, sloppy cap; uniformly spongy body; veiny; lumpy; almost seamless; matte finish; struggles to hold 1″ ash.
- Wrapper – Aromatic raisins
- Foot – Cocoa powder, charred wood
- Cold Draw – Raisins, black pepper
- Initial: Chocolatey core with notes of toasted almonds, baking spices, black pepper and hint of leather; super smooth; toasty finish; baked bread on draw; adds more oak and spice late; adds charred wood to a dry finish.
- Transition: Predominantly oaky; zesty profile with intonations of caramel, charred wood and brown sugar; spicy coffee finish; hints of cocoa on retro;
- Transition: Full bodied, malty core with notes of chocolate, earth and continued hints of brown sugar; Finishes more savory and with more espresso notes.
Touch ups: N/A
Recommendation: 1. Boxworthy
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- Yard ‘gar
- Smoke a banana instead