I picked Thursday night to head to Highland Cigar Company and help them ring in 12 years of being one of the main staples and best bars in the ATL.
They were pouring High West bourbon all night but I left the bourbon alone until much later due to tooth pain.
But when I saw the Perdomo Estate Seleccion, I had to give it a test. Being a new convert to Perdomo after trying his Lot 23 release several years back, and selling the 20 year, Champagne Noir and having a number of our customers at the shop pick up Perdomo sticks, I thought, what the hell.
The hell indeed! Nice dark wrapper with a very sharp point at the torpedo. The cigar didn’t have the same ‘chock full’ weight that say, the 20 year Anniversary Maduro has, but it wasn’t a cigar for a Johnny, either.
I clipped it and detected instant raisin and plum on the cold draw. When I toasted the foot, took a few more puffs, I got a good bit of spice along with some bready notes. I really thought I was smoking an older blend of pipe tobacco that I used to get at Grants Tobacconist when they were still around.
I have to be honest, the band is lacking. I mean it’s pretty, reflective, but it felt cheap. I’ll probably have a “this annoys me” post on cigar bands and the latest trend eventually.
Eventually, the flavors turned toward more earth notes. Balanced, overall with the graham cracker notes I picked up around the center of the first third.
The draw was easy, the tobacco burned well like most of the cigars I’ve smoked from Perdomo’s line. I really did try to find more information about this cigar, but even the Katman said back a few years ago there wasn’t much on it. I’m also convinced his cigar was different than mine.
Overall a fine cigar, if not a little pricey but without more to go on, I can’t justify if that is worth it or not. I paid $17 at Highland, so I reckon finding these online for about $14 may be about right.