Team Cigar Review: Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

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Cigar Details: Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Perdomo
  • Blender: Nick Perdomo Jr.
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto is medium tan, with a hint of green along with some lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps are well applied. The band is gold, red, black and white with some holographic components and denotes the company and the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar, hay and earth while the foot brings faintly musty cedar and earth. The pre-light draw brings stone fruit sweetness along with some cedar and floral notes.
Seth: Perdomo knows how to make a cigar presentable. The Connecticut wrapper pops against the bands, and it has that lovely Claro coloring. Small to medium sized veins throughout the silky wrapper. Aromas of nuts, cedar, tobacco and cream from the Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto.
John: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with cigar information, along with a QR code. When the cellophane is opened, the UPC sticker tears in half. Like the Maduro release, the main band is wide and is designed in a way that looks like it has a secondary band. The bottom part of the band is gold on red and indicates 30th Anniversary. Additionally, the cigar has an artisanal complication of a soft box press shape. I weighed the cigar at 13.7 grams, and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 56.3%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco, hay and mild barnyard. Out of the foot, I was getting intense sweetness followed by tobacco and mild hay.
Jiunn: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto has a smooth claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas consist of hay and cedar.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, dusty earth and bold black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. At a half inch in, a light hay note joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper has mellowed some more and a light creaminess joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper in the middle and hay and creaminess in the background. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a profile of nuts, cream, oak and cedar. There are some faint earthy qualities, and a bit of spice on the finish. Just under medium for strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are sweet tobacco, mild dry hay to follow and a short finish. Creamy, sweet, tobacco pairs with mild white pepper through the retrohale. That pepper moves up to medium strength as it settles in and begins to linger into the post draw. Some time later, dry wood also joins the post draw. A sweet tobacco adds depth on the retrohale as it continues, with mild wood at the end to round it out. Pepper on the post draw has moved up to medium-full strength.
Jiunn: The first third does a good job of showing the traditional softer and sweeter side of Connecticut shade, but also giving a nice layered red pepper spice. The pepper spice is most noticeable on the retrohales. The finish is on the shorter end with mixed nuts and cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper continues to fade and is now playing in the arena with the hay and creaminess. At a half inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and hay with mild black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper increases a bit. At an inch and a quarter, the toasted cedar and earth become a bit dry. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are up front with black pepper in the middle and hay and creaminess in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a profile of cedar, oak, nuts and cream. Bits of earth and spices as well. Just under medium for strength and body.
John: Creamy tobacco leads off here with wood to follow and sees the pepper coming down to medium strength. Bread comes into the retrohale by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The second third shows a drastic decline in the softer and sweeter notes. This change creates a more linear flavor profile, being cedar and subtle red pepper spice driven. Strength and body remains medium.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper mellows again, becoming even with the hay and creaminess in the background. At a half inch in, some wood bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and hay with mild black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper is barely holding on. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front with hay, creaminess, wood bitterness and light black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is similar to that of the second third. Just under medium for strength and body.
John: Creamy tobacco is the primary flavor component here with baking spices and wood adding depth and lingering into the post draw. Bread returns to the retrohale as the last third progresses.
Jiunn: The final third shows no changes from the second third. It’s still a medium body and strength profile with linear flavors of cedar and subtle red pepper spice. And frankly, it’s quite boring.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on through each third.
Seth: Solid burn from start to finish. Little wavy sometimes.
John: There was unevenness to the burn in the first third, eventually requiring a touch-up to correct. The burn was wavy in the second third but evened out. Relatively straight burn through the last third.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very good draw from start to finish.
John: The draw was a minor amount into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.
Jiunn: Draw performance was also perfect, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, dusty earth and bold black pepper. A light hay note joined in fairly quickly and a light creaminess a bit later. The second third saw the hay and earth become a bit dry. The final third saw some wood bitterness join in. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto had a nice flavor profile through the first two thirds with good balance and flavor delivery. The final third dropped a level as some wood bitterness joined in and the black pepper became very light. This is a pretty nice Connecticut shade offering and definitely a step up from the Maduro for me. The price point is attractive and I’d be interested in trying some of the other vitolas. I’d be up to coming back to this and seeing how it would pair with some coffee.
Seth: This Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto was a Connecticut that was not as impressive as I was hoping or even expecting from Perdomo. They usually do great with Connecticut offerings, especially for releases of this nature, but this was more middle of the road. Great packaging, but lacking in terms of flavors deliverd. Complexity, depth and transitioning. The pricing is still great on the release, but there are other Perdomo Connecticut releases I would smoke.
John: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto provided an enjoyable cigar review experience, and I found the first third provided the most complex combination of flavors. The second and last thirds were still enjoyable but I didn’t find they harmonized in quite the same way. The burn required a touch-up to correct in the first third, and the draw was a minor amount into the resistant spectrum. I don’t think the Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto did enough for me to want to return to it again, but the price point is quite approachable for what it is. There are other Perdomo Connecticuts I would likely reach for more often. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 54 minutes.
Jiunn: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto was just like the vast majority of Connecticut shades in the current market. Starts off promising and falls flat for the majority of the smoke. Although the price point is attractive, this cigar doesn’t match up to a big 30th anniversary label. Pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.76

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.05

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.97

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Team Cigar Review: Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

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