Team Cigar Review: Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

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Cigar Details: Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

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

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 Maduro Robusto is medium brown with some darker marbling. There are some slightly raised veins present, the seams are very smooth and the head is decently finished. The band is gold, blue and red and denotes the company and line. It also carries some well done holographic and shiny bits. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood, earth and stone fruit sweetness. The foot provides a good dose of stewed fruit along with some cedar. The pre-light draw is a mix of stewed fruit and cedar.
Seth: Finished with a toothy wrapper that has a nice gritty texture, the Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto sports a coloring of dark maduro. Dark chocolate and espresso beans come to mind. Rich aroma of manure, dark chocolate, spices, earth and wood. Cigar has a nice firmness throughout.
John: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker indicating the cigar information along with a QR code. Opening the cellophane tears the UPC code. There is a single wide band designed so that the 30th Anniversary bottom section looks like a secondary band. Additionally, the cigar has the artisanal complication of a soft box press shape. I weighed the cigar at 11.7 grams, and in my haste to light up, I failed to measure the humidity with my HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper included tobacco, barnyard and dry wood. From the foot, I was getting well fermented tobacco and wood.
Jiunn: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto has a Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head cap is sloppily applied. Pre-light aromas tell of slight campfire and hay.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with heavily toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. The retrohale is lightly toasted cedar with light amounts of earth and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with black pepper a bit behind and earth in the middle. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third opens up with some nice coffee notes. There are some earthy qualities present along with some chocolate notes. Rich dark chocolate. Sweet spices are present as well with a solid tobacco finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Sweet, tannic wood gets the first third going as dry wood with some mild tannic accents finishes the puff. Some delayed medium strength spices move into the retrohale. A citrus sweetness adds to the complexity on the retrohale. Light-plus strength earth comes into the post draw as the cigar continues to evolve. Some time later, tobacco sweetness is present in the center of the retrohale.
Jiunn: The first third’s flavor profile provides torched cedar, herbal tea and minerals. There’s a unique spice note that I can’t quite put my finger on (maybe sage)? Retrohaling gives spicy cedar and a hint of creamed cherries. The finish is short with herbal tea and torched cedar. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper and earth switch places in the profile. The retrohale remains lightly toasted cedar with light amounts of earth and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar remains up front, with earth a bit behind, black pepper in the middle and now a light mustiness in the background. The strength remains at medium.
Seth: The second third is similar to that of the first. I am picking up nice tobacco notes with chocolate and rich earth. Sweet spices present with some wood on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco are my initial flavor impressions in the second third. The post draw consists of medium minus strength spices along with wood accents. A dark chocolate combines with toasted tobacco in the center of the profile as the second third settles in. Moving towards the halfway mark, tobacco sweetness tries to move into the center but is pushed down by the strength of the flavors already there.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile tastes harsher. The mixture of herbal tea and minerals has a layer of tinny and bitterness. This is especially prolonged within the finish. Strength and body remain medium-full and medium, respectively.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper now becomes even with the earth a bit behind the toasted cedar. The retrohale is now equal amounts of toasted cedar and earth with light mustiness. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is up front with the earth and black pepper in the middle and light mustiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is fairly in line with the first and second third. There are some earthy qualities with wood and tobacco. Rich chocolate notes with some sweet spices. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy earth and tobacco start the last third with a medium-full strength earth carrying into the post draw. The profile remains consistent with some minor adjustments to the earth down to medium partway through.
Jiunn: The final third is the same as the second third. The combination of herbal tea and minerals still has a tinny and bitter taste, creating an unwanted long finish. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The wrapper didn’t seem to want to burn at the same pace as the filler and the burn line was wavy throughout and required a touch-up and the cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was perfect with nothing to remark on through the review experience. I tapped the ash off in 3/4 inch increments.
Jiunn: Ideal burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was at most a 1/2 notch towards the resistant spectrum, which puts it in the ideal range for a draw.
Jiunn: Ideal draw performance as well, giving the best of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with heavily toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. The second third saw the earth swap places with the black pepper and then they became even in the final third. The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto had a nice start with a good flavor combination, but once the burn issues started towards the end of the first third, the flavor profile dropped a bit and was average the rest of the way. I’d like to smoke a better burning version of this to see if the flavor profile is effected, but I might do that in a different vitola. I’m hoping the Connecticut wrapped version has a better showing.
Seth: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto was a solid release, and in some ways a classic maduro from Perdomo. Construction and draw were great, and the flavor profile was solid. Nice body and strength throughout as well. Price is great as well, especially for it being an anniversary cigar of this nature. It shows what can be done when you have fields, factory, etc.
John: The Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto delivered a consistent flavor experience and built up from medium strength to reach full strength by the halfway point. The draw and burn were both flawless. I enjoyed the profile, and was a bit surprised by the strength as someone who is used to smoking fuller strength and full bodied cigars. Given the anniversary nature of the cigar, the price point is very affordable. Total smoking time surprised me as it was a bit on the quicker side at 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Jiunn: Yet another disappointing anniversary cigar (which has been the norm). For this Perdomo 30th Anniversary Maduro Robusto, the flavor profile was too sharp and harsh in minerals and wood. This, mixed with a higher strength profile, equals a train wreck. I’ll easily pass on this one.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.70

Cost/Point

$2.11

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.97

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.76

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

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