Perdomo Reserve Champagne
Among Other Things, Cigars Can Lead to an Expansion of Your Political Views
It should be no surprise to anyone who reads my reviews that I faithfully read Cigar Aficionado magazine. In fact, a favorite selfish indulgence in the warmer months is to fire up a good cigar, grab the latest issue and head for my backyard hammock. I’ll occasionally bring a cold drink with me to “beat the heat” on the warmer days. Being a semi-smart guy, I try to do this only when the wife is not home, as the kitchen window above the sink provides a perfect view of the hammock (and me in it) and I am sure to be rudely interrupted.
In a recent past issue of the magazine, the cover and a fair amount of content were dedicated to the political situation in Cuba. The follow-up issue had a lot of reader reaction to the Cuba issue, both positive and negative, but the new issue goes on to discuss the political situation in Nicaragua and points to the fact that the Sandinistas (remember them?) continue to re-gain significant power. Many readers took offence to the Cuba piece, some going so far as saying that the magazine should not even take on the topic of politics. I suspect the same reaction may occur regarding the Nicaragua piece. However, I have a somewhat different view.
- I suspect the reader demographic of Cigar Aficionado is one of a fairly sophisticated, learned individual. Some acquaintances of mine may point out that I am an exception, but it’s arguable. Remember, I am a self-proclaimed semi-smart guy.
- Granted, the magazine addresses and comments on the political situation relative to the cigar industry – this should not be a surprise. However, in my humble opinion, the magazine does seem to provide a pretty fair and comprehensive view of the primary issues in these countries.
- Many readers will be initially drawn to read about the political situation due to the impact it could have on our beloved cigar smoking hobby. A tidal wave of Cuban cigars flowing into the U.S. is a smoker’s dream.
- There is little doubt that opening free trade with Cuba would likely boost the cigar industry. However, some readers, like myself, will quickly expand their views and concerns beyond cigars in these regions, and consider a broader perspective including human rights, overall economic impact, etc.
In sum, a number of readers will be drawn to the topic, and the by-product is awareness of the issue(s). In a country like the U.S., where our own internal political processes and issues are often ignored or looked upon with apathy in favor of a news clip of Lindsay or Brittany acting like a complete screwball, awareness is a good thing! Yes, it is a shame that the political issues of Central America may not even be considered by some unless a magazine or news show leverages our own selfish indulgences in some way, but it works!
It is also interesting to consider just how volatile the cigar industry is at this time. In a short time we could be buying Cubans on the street corner in Anywhere, U.S.A., and the Nicaraguan-tobacco-packed Padron and Perdomo blends, as we know them today, may not exist. Cigar fortunes could change hands overnight. Who knows? Stay tuned cigar smokers, stay involved and stay active – let’s ensure all issues, especially human rights, democracy and freedom, are addressed in a way that is fair and just.
On that note, lets get smokin’ while we got ‘em (Nicaraguans that is)!
Perdomo Reserve Champagne
Size: Belicoso 5 inches long, 52 ring gauge
Price: $6 to $8 range
I thought it only fitting to smoke a Perdomo, predominantly Nicaraguan cigar by one of the best manufacturers, using a lot of Nicaraguan tobacco. Perdomo cigars are known to be more full-flavored smokes, but the Perdomo Reserve Champagne, though flavorful, tends to be one of the milder cigars.
- Wrapper: Connecticut shade
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Binder: Nicaragua
I purchased a Perdomo sampler this past Christmas and stored the majority of them in my humidor. This past Saturday, I decided it was time to have my first Perdomo Reserve Champagne.
Look and feel
This cigar has a classic Connecticut shade wrapper. The light, golden brown color with a smooth appearance gives this cigar a sophisticated and expensive look. The construction appeared near perfect and the feel of the cigar proved the humidor was doing its job!
Aroma and Taste
After my standard double guillotine cut, it took just a little up-front work to get it burning evenly. The pre-lit draw was fine. It had some tinges of sweetness to it, but it was more of a cream taste that permeated the taste buds. The smoke was as it should be: plenty of it, and the draw and finish were clean. In fact, the Perdomo Reserve Champagne had such a clean finish, I would recommend this for someone who does not want to have a cigar taste in their mouth hours (or even a day) after smoking. This is not always the case with some of the Perdomo blends. The burn was impeccable and the ash stayed long. Unlike the previous cigar I reviewed, the Reserve Champagne stayed lit, so it was a very low-maintenance cigar.
RATING: 9.1 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
These cigars have a complex taste profile. Overall I would classify it as a mild cigar, but it was also flavorful! I have another in the humidor and it will not be in there much longer.
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Thought for the Week (Given our topic)
"What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolph Hitler
DISCLAIMER: At the risk of sounding too much like a TV commercial, I do want to sincerely state: This feature is NOT intended to advocate the smoking of cigars any more or any less than you already do, nor do I intend to influence the non-smoker to begin smoking cigars. Make no mistake about it; CIGAR SMOKING MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.