PRE LIGHT; According to Nick Perdomo, the Exhibici’on blends include a full-bodied Exhibit Maduro. Each Perdomo Exhibici’on is meticulously blended with factory aged Cuban‐seed Nicaraguan fillers, including 4 year aged seco leaves from the renowned Condega region, 5 year aged viso leaves from the famous Jalapa Valley, and 6 year aged ligero leaves from the powerhouse valley of Esteli. These Cuban seed tobaccos have been carefully aged to perfection using time‐honored methods passed down through the Perdomo family from generation to generation.The wrapper on this is a dark almost oscuro in color and solidly packed. there was strong hints of bourbon emanating from this one…..I have read that after the wrapper leaf is selected it is ages in a bourbon barrel for an additional 14 months.
FIRST THIRD: I was greeted by a full on shock and awe of flavor from this stick. flavors of black cracked pepper and delicious bourbon flavor (yep I’m a bourbon man) the bodie was full,the flavor a tour de force with an easy draw.However I did not consider surrendering to nicks two-fisted flavor bout.This is what I call a pleasant wake up call; that you have lit up a cigar that will grab your pallets attention with a firm hand shake and say “here I am”.
SECOND THIRD; The flavors mellowed out and I was introduced to notes of oak and leather with caramel undertones from the whiskey flavor.the bodie also ramped down to a medium profile.This was a nice surprise for me as i wasnt sure if the first few inches were indicative of the rest of this smoke. It’s as if after introducing itself boldly it wanted to make a friendly impression:it did. The draw continued to be firm but not hard to smoke. The ash was thick and banded at first but then cleaned up to a grey/white ash. a bit flakey.
LAST THIRD; After enjoying the second third the flavors ramped back up as well as the bodie.This smoke wanted to leave with just as strong an impression as it made coming. the whiskey flavor and oak and leather became strong again as did the undertone of caramel. It was long on the finish but then this cigar let you know from git go; it was here to hang around awhile. I’m glad it did.
THE FINISH; Nick perdomo has been introducing more blends and he is a solid hitter when he steps up to the plate. I have been told that this year there’s even more in store from Tabcalera Perdomo. Since product is introduced at the ICPR trade shows,I guess I’m going to have to wait. But then Nick knows his business and nothing but Perdomo perfection will be brought out.This blend comes in a Connecticut and sun grown wrappers. They can be had in a sampler box with 2 of each wrapper. So if you would like to see how much a wrapper affects the taste of a blend,then by all means become more educated. ALL THE BEST- SMOKINJOE