Team Cigar Review: Napa Cigar Society Perfecto

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Cigar Details: Napa Cigar Society Perfecto

  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • Length: 6.87″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicarguan Criollo and Corojo
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Aganorsa Miami
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $16.00
  • Release Date: May 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Napa Cigar Society Perfecto is medium brown and has a fair number of dark spots from the pressing process. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised and due to the color variation of the wrapper. The head and foot are finished very well. The band is white and gray and carries the organizations name along with a corkscrew that has a cigar as the handle. The aroma from the wrapper and small opening of the foot is a light mix of wood and hay. The pre-light draw consists of a mellow cedar.

Pre-light Experience

A lovely figurado with a beautifully tapered head and foot, the Napa Cigar Society Perfecto is finished with a lovely Colorado coloring wrapper. It is silky in texture and there are veins present throughout that are small to medium in size. The aroma on the cigar is that of manure, barnyard, strong tobacco and rich spices.

Pre-light Experience

The Napa Cigar Society Perfecto is a soft box press perfecto. The cigar band is well designed with clear graphic elements and a dark grey on white color scheme. Aromas from the cigar included light hay, sweet wood and faint baking spices. From the foot, I was able to pick up sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Napa Cigar Society Perfecto has an overall Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with multi-wrap. Aromas from the wrapper tell dry oak and barnyard must. Aromas from the foot give rich soil and red pepper spice. Cold draw reveals hay, soil and nuts.

First Third

The cigar begins with peppery cedar. As the burn passes the nipple, the cedar shows a bit more depth, but there is still quite a bit of black pepper in the pairing. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit as a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale has a mild black pepper zing up from with the cedar slightly trailing. At an inch and three quarters, the cedar and mustiness are paired evenly up front with the black pepper in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering some leather and meaty qualities. With that are some tobacco, barnyard and spice notes. It has a nice pepper and cinnamon finish, and it has this old school flavor profile. In terms of strength and body I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength and body.

First Third

Flavor for the first third opens with sweetness, baking spices and wood. There’s creaminess on the retrohale, and a lingering sweet wood on the post draw, with delayed baking spices. Bread joins the retrohale as the cigar settles in. Some time later, the baking spices have moved up to medium plus on the retrohale.

First Third

The first third starts with a nice red pepper spice pop. Once the burn catches up to the main ring gauge, the flavor profile deepens. Notes of roasted nuts, rich soil and cedar join the red pepper spice. Retrohaling gives fairly intense red pepper spice but also some nice roasted nuts and cherries. The finish is highly earthy with a long and lingering soil and cedar combination. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some light earthiness joins the profile. At an inch in, the musty cedar and earth are even with the black pepper light in the background. The retrohale is musty earth. At an inch and a half, the black pepper is gone and the cedar gains some char. The third wraps up with the musty cedar and earth. The strength remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a continuation of the flavors from the first third and I am getting those meaty, herbal and leather notes. There are soft spice notes present and the finish is that of cinnamon and black pepper. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a level that is medium in strength and body.

Second Third

Bread and cedar on the retrohale to lead the cigar into the second third. Mild wood on the post draw. By the halfway point, baking spices and cedar take up the middle of the flavor profile. In the bottom half, a general wood flavor is driving the cigar. Earthiness joins the retrohale and main profile near the end of the second third.

Second Third

The second thirds general vibe is three parts earth with rich soil and oak and one part gentle creaminess and sweetness coming off roasted nuts. The red pepper spice is tapered back quite a bit. On the finish, the profile is starting to pick up a minor bitter oak to go along with the soil. Strength moves up to medium plus, body stays medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char has increased a fair amount. At three quarters of an inch in, the charred cedar is up front with musty earth in the background. The retrohale is musty wood and earth. The cigar finishes up with the charred cedar ahead of the musty earth. Strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third of the cigar and again picking up the flavor profile that has been present throughout. I am picking up leather, meatiness, tobacco and soft spice notes. The finish remains the same, delivering cinnamon and pepper notes, and the cigar cigar continues to smoke at that medium level in strength and body.

Final Third

The flavors settle into cedar and earth leading into the last third. There’s no other evolution for the remainder of the smoking experience.

Final Third

The final third throws off the balance a bit as it’s more geared towards rich soil and dry oak, with the sweetness almost entirely lost. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium, respectively.

Burn

The cigar went out four times during the duration of the smoking experience and required re-lights.

Burn

Burn was decent overall, but there were some waves that required touch-ups here and there.

Burn

The burn remains straight through the smoking experience. Ash falls at 1-1/2 inch mark, each time on schedule.

Burn

The burn needed work. The cigar went out three times, requiring full re-lights. The burn was cool in temperature and ashes sturdy.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with peppery cedar. Some mustiness joined in halfway through the third. The second third started with some earthiness joining in. Some char joined the cedar halfway through the third. The final third saw the char increase a bit. Construction was just OK due to four re-lights being required. Strength was medium the whole way. The Napa Cigar Society Perfecto had a nice start, but began breaking down in the second third as char joined in and brought the enjoyment level to average the rest of the way. I was very interested in smoking this as it is a shop exclusive to a local lounge for me. The price point is pretty hefty, and with the enjoyment level I experienced, I probably wouldn’t come back to it very often. If you’re an Aganorsa fan, it’s worth a try if you want to see what the cigar is all about.

Draw

The draw was fairly loose on the cigar from beginning to end and it really took a lot away from the cigar.

Overall

I was disappointed with the Napa Cigar Society Perfecto and found the highlight to be the appearance. It was one dimensional, showing no transitioning throughout and the flavor profile itself was disappointing. I appreciate the cigar not being overboard in strength and body, it was smoking at a medium level and the construction was a letdown. Not a cigar I would be pleased with smoking if I was a member of the Napa Cigar Society. Does not even deliver a profile that I align with the Napa region.

Draw

The draw initially was fairly resistant at about 3-1/2 notches. This is quite common on perfectos and they tend to open up once the cigar smokes to the shoulder. That was the case here for the Napa Cigar Society Perfecto as the draw opened to 2-1/2 notches once it hit the shoulder point.

Overall

The Napa Cigar Society Perfecto was an above average flavor experience, with the best components coming through in the first third. Flavors included sweetness, baking spices, wood, cream, bread and earth. Construction was flawless with some resistance to the draw. I think when you set out to make an in house cigar, this is probably what you want to land on. A flavor profile that is going to be approachable for almost all of your customers, in an interesting vitola, with great construction. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 3 minutes.

Draw

Perfect draw, giving the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

The Napa Cigar Society Perfecto was an overall good cigar. It’s worthwhile noting the flavor profile is a deviation from Aganorsa’s main Corojo and Criollo lines. The cigar was highly earthy, providing rich soil. In combination with the earthiness were red pepper spice and a gentle sweet and creamy nuttiness. Although most of the cigar was enjoyable, I’m unsure it is $16 enjoyable. As such, this is a grab a couple to try recommendation.

Aaron
Seth
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Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$2.88

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.10

Cost/Point

$3.14

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$2.76

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$2.46

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