Team Cigar Review: Perla del Mar Natural Perla G

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Cigar Details: Perla del Mar Natural Perla G

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: J.C. Newman PENSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.70
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The Perla del Mar Natural Perla G has a very rigid square press to it and is wrapped in a medium tan leaf that has a few well pressed veins. The seams are very smooth and hard to detect while the head is finished off with a well applied quadruple cap. The band is primarily blue and gold and has an image of a ship near a lighthouse. The aroma from the wrapper is dry hay while the foot brings sweet and slightly spicy cedar. The pre-light draw consists of sweet hay and light cedar with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Perla del Mar Natural Perla G has a UPC sticker designed to remain intact when opening the cellophane. The cigar itself has a fairly sharp, square press to it. The wrapper is very smooth, and clearly a Shade wrapper based on the color and texture. Aromas from the wrapper included chocolate, graham cracker, barnyard, aged wood and stewed raisin. Sweet raisin, hay and tobacco are present from the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, dry hay and light mustiness. At a half inch in, a mild black pepper joins. The retrohale is almost a mirror image, but has a slightly fuller version of the black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, some dry earth replaces the dry hay and the black pepper is very faint. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains wood, dry earth light mustiness and very faint black pepper. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

My first few puffs introduce flavors of sweet graham cracker, hay and cedar to finish which lingers between draws. Creamy chocolate and baking spices come through on the retrohale. As the first third settles in, sweetness joins the cedar on the post draw.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the wood, dry earth, mustiness, but the black pepper has dropped from the profile. The retrohale is musty wood and dry earth. At an inch and a half in, a slight bitterness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty wood, dry earth and faint bitterness. The strength in this third remained at mild-medium.

Second Third

Sweet graham cracker, hay, cedar, baking spices and light chocolate offer up a cornucopia of flavors to kick off the second third. Hay and light cedar linger between draws. Tannins and earth join the post draw by the bottom half of the second third, at light plus strength.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile loses the bitterness and continues on with the musty wood and dry earth. At three quarters of an inch in, some light bitterness rejoins the wood. The retrohale is now just musty wood. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is musty, bitter wood and dry earth. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Final Third

A retrohale of sweet bread and light cedar take the Natural Perla G into the last third. As the cigar settles, tannic cedar moves into the middle of the flavor profile. I didn’t note any other evolutions for the remainder of the review experience.

Burn

The burn line was straight the entire way. The ash held on in near two inch increments.

Burn

The burn started out straight, with the ash holding on up to 1-1/2 inch increments. The burn became offset in the second third, and went out in the bottom half, requiring a re-light.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, dry hay and light mustiness. Some mild black pepper joined in and later some dry earth replaced the dry hay. The second third saw the pepper drop out and some bitterness join the profile. In the final third, the bitterness dropped out and then returned. The construction was perfect and strength was mild-medium most of the way. The Perla del Mar Natural Perla G is your Grandfathers/Fathers Connecticut. It provides a traditional Connecticut Shade profile centered around wood, hay, earth and mustiness. I thought the cigar was pretty average in enjoyment as are a lot of Connecticut Shade offerings. The cigar provides a nice price point and I could see smoking these on occasion in the morning with some coffee.

Aaron
John
Very GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
SubparFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnGood
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw had a minor amount of resistance, up to 1 notch.

Overall

The Perla del Mar Natural Perla G is a reliably good Ecuadorian Shade offering. After smoking two of these, I’m happy to say that I’d enjoy smoking these on a regular basis, especially when you factor in the price point. The flavor profile managed to balance complexity, while keeping the overall strength in the range of a typical Shade experience. Total smoking time was a leisurely 2 hours and 14 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.24

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$1.01

Scoring System

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  • Jose Galvan - October 17, 2020 reply

    I love your reviews! I would like to enter the giveaway and try my luck…even though I never win anything lol

  • david Ruggio - October 17, 2020 reply

    Very thorough as usual!! I love Brick
    house madero and there was another JCN i tried once – Julius Ceaser – was great.

  • Mark - October 18, 2020 reply

    Thanks for the reviews. I’ve smoked a natural robusto and a few maduro coronas and enjoyed them both.

  • Nathan Wilkerson - October 18, 2020 reply

    Love all your reviews, always informative! Thank you! You rock!

  • Julian I Spring - October 19, 2020 reply

    I’ll try anything once, always looking to add a stick to the morning routine.

  • Boudie - October 19, 2020 reply

    I tried a Perla del Mar with the black and gold band a little while back and enjoyed it. Look forward to revisiting the cigar.

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