Team Cigar Review: Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto

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Cigar Details: Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Perdomo
  • Blender: Nick Perdomo
  • Price: $8.25
  • Release Date: July 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto has a rounded rectangle press with a wrapper that is medium brown with darker areas where the press imprinted raised areas from the binder and bunch. There are a few slightly raised veins while the seams are very smooth and only visible in some areas due to the color variation on the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The band has the traditional Cabinet Series design but has a color combination of metallic red, holographic gold and black. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet hay and barnyard while the foot brings musty wood and baking spice. The pre-light draw consists of aged cedar.

Pre-light Experience

Softly pressed, the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto is finished with a dark Colorado wrapper. There is a slight bit of firmness present and it is smooth in texture. It has medium veins throughout and there are aromas of cinnamon, pepper, sweet spices and leather.

Pre-light Experience

The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto has a large single band that covers roughly half of the cigar, and indicates ‘Sun Grown’ and ’10th Anniversary’. One of the great attention to detail design points is the UPC sticker comes off in a single piece when the cellophane is opened. The cigar itself features a soft box press shape. For aromas, I was able to pick up a clear bourbon barrel aged sweetness, which was a combination of bourbon, wood and raisin. From the foot, a similar but muted bourbon sweetness along with hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto has a rich Colorado color. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even but on the loose end and head finished off with a deep wrap. Aromas from the wrapper tell cedar, dry barnyard and nuts. Aromas from the foot tell richer notes of the wrapper with an assertive red pepper spice. Cold draw reveals cedar, apricots, red peppers and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood, baking spice and light mustiness. At a half inch in, the wood becomes more defined as toasted cedar and the baking spice picks up a bit in intensity. The retrohale is musty cedar and baking spice. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and mustiness are up front with the baking spice right behind. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering sharp pepper notes and there are mineral and ash qualities present as well. I am getting dark earth and cashew notes, and it is medium in body and strength.

First Third

I get a slightly sweet hay to open the first third. Intense spice with sweetness underneath come through right away on the retrohale. The post draw takes on a character of sweetness and wood by the 20 minute mark. Not long after, the spices on the retrohale have backed off in intensity to medium, as some cocoa begins to push through.

First Third

The first third has one note that is making the overall flavor profile lackluster. There’s a tinge of sharp harshness providing a mixture of sharp minerals and charred peppers. This combination deeply affects the profile, especially the finish. Other than that, notes of dried nuts and leather. Strength is near medium plus and body medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cedar gains a faint char to go along with the toast and the baking spice has mellowed a fair amount. The retrohale is musty and toasted wood. At an inch and a quarter, the cedar transitions to a general wood note and maintains the toast as the char has left. The baking spice is also gone as the mustiness remains the supporting note. The strength remains at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a lot of the same qualities from the first third and I am picking up those peppery spice and mineral qualities. I am still getting that dry earth and ash profile and like before it is medium in strength and body.

Second Third

Bourbon sweetness is coming through clearly on the retrohale, along with some wood accents. Lingering spices settle into the post draw at medium to medium plus intensity. As the second third settles in, baking spices join the center of the retrohale.

Second Third

The second third turns up the intensity of harshness and sharpness. Minerals and charred peppers turns it up a notch, sitting incredibly heavy on the palate. This makes it quite distasteful, making me reach for many sips of water in the hopes of trying to clean my palate. Strength bumps up to a solid medium plus, while body stays medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some char rejoins the wood as the toast has left. The retrohale is musty and slightly charred wood. At an inch in, the char has picked up a fair amount. The cigar wraps up with charred wood and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a profile that is of dry earth with sharp mineral and spice notes. It is very unpleasant. Medium in strength and body.

Final Third

Sweetness and baking spices take the profile into the last third. Earth moves into the center of the draw as the last third settles in. By the halfway point, the earth has moved up to medium strength, and is lingering between draws.

Final Third

The final third does not let off the harshness and sharpness of minerals and charred peppers. It dominates so much that it’s hard to reach for other flavors. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium, respectively.

Burn

The cigar required a couple of touch-ups to keep things burning evenly and the cigar went out once in the second third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

Burn was great throughout. Well constructed cigar.

Burn

The burn was uneven at a few points throughout the review, but didn’t require attention until the end of the second third when a canoe formed. I did a single touch-up and then the cigar burned evenly from there on.

Burn

Burn performance was overall good. The only negatives being a couple of fairly major touch-ups.

Draw

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

Overall

The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto had a nice start with a good combination of flavors, but getting into the second third, the flavors became a bit muddled. The final third saw some char rejoin and build up which took things down another notch. Overall, the experience was pretty average. While the price point is pretty attractive, it’s worth giving one a try to see what you think, but it’s not something I see myself really returning to.

Draw

Draw was very good from start to finish.

Overall

There is very little to say here and nothing I haven’t said before. This is a Perdomo. The cigars have great bands and are constructed wonderfully, but if anything is present in terms of flavors it is truly lacking and or unpleasant. Perdomo never creates anything new either. Their releases are almost identical to other line offerings with the same wrapper. A Sun Grown offering from a certain Perdomo line is going to taste identical to a Sun Grown offering in a different line. Pricing has nothing to do with it. Find the cheapest one because it will be near identical to the expensive one. In looking back, the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto may be the cheapest Perdomo Sun Grown offering.

Draw

The draw was slightly towards the open spectrum, roughly 1 notch.

Overall

The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto was an overall enjoyable smoking experience. Barrel aging tobacco is something that a number of companies have attempted, but few have delivered on the right balance. For me, the Perdomo gets the balance just right. I would smoke these again if I had the opportunity. It’s a good example of a Sun Grown wrapper, with barrel aging done properly. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto was a bit of a train wreck. Off the initial draw, when I tasted the harsh and bitter minerals and charred peppers, I knew that it was either going to build or let off eventually. While I hoped for these notes to let off, it unfortunately kept building, dominating the palate, especially on the finish. With that said, I can’t recommend the cigar at this point and will have to look towards the 10th Anniversary Maduro.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.56

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.08

Cost/Point

$2.02

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$1.23

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

4.48

Cost/Point

$1.84

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