Cigar Review: Perdomo Patriarch Corojo

Perdomo Patriarch Corojo

Size: 6 ½x42, Lonsdale

Wrapper: Corojo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium

Price: Box of 20, $116.95

Grade: 8.4

Well, first things first, the picture – not my own! The great computer crash of 2010 wiped out a bunch of my pictures and the Patriarch was one of the fatalities…so, Walt from Stogie Review to the rescue! He was kind enough to provide us his picture when he reviewed the same cigar, which you can find here.

The Patriarch from Perdomo was created in honor of Nick Sr., by his son; Nick Perdomo, Sr. passed away in 2004. The Patriarch was released at the 2008 IPCPR in a Corojo and Maduro wrapper and a Connecticut wrapper was introduced at the 2009 event. The filler tobaccos come from three regions of Nicaragua – Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega.

Sold in boxes of 20, the Patriarch comes in several sizes:

Connecticut, 7×48

Corona Extra, 5.6×46

Lonsdale, 6.5×42

Robusto, 5×50

Toro, 6×50

Torpedo, 6.5×54

The Perdomo family story is a great one and their website provides excellent information on the company. Here is an excerpt on their history:

Our story traces its roots to San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba, an agricultural and industrial municipality located 27 kilometers southeast of Havana, where Silvio Perdomo was raised. He apprenticed first at Cuesta y Cia in the early 1930’s before leaving to practice his art at the H. Upmann factory from 1937 to 1945; and at the famed Partagas factory until 1959. It is also where his son, Nick Perdomo, Sr. was born and began his apprenticeship in 1948 at the Marin & Trujillo factory before earning accolades for his craftsmanship and making his own way to join his father at Partagas…

Nick, Sr. was also a target of the wrath and violence inherent in establishing Castro’s “New Cuba”. Ambushed by pro-Castro guerillas, he was shot and critically wounded – within view of the very home his father Silvio was arrested and abducted from. Hunted while being cared for in the home of a close friend, Nick, Sr. managed to escape Cuba before fully recovering from his wounds through a sponsorship hastily arranged with the Catholic Church.

Soon a teenage Nick, Jr. joined the fray, although then as a silent, indentured apprentice…When he graduated high school, Nick, Jr. was encouraged by Silvio and Nick, Sr. to attend college, but Nick, Jr. wanted to make cigars.

In 1991, Nick, Jr. and his two mentors began their cigar making endeavor in earnest. They first leased a small factory in Little Havana and later moved to a larger facility on Flagler Street. With the business growing, 1996 became a landmark year for Tabacalera Perdomo. First, the company moved its manufacturing operations from Miami to Esteli, Nicaragua. And then tragically, six months later, Silvio Perdomo quietly passed away in his sleep on November 11th…

Nick, Jr. and his father finally moved production to its present site, a prodigious 88,000 square foot factory referred to as “El Monstro” by the Esteli townspeople. The state-of-the-art facility is the final destination in the long and circuitous journey of the Perdomo family.

I am big fan of the Lot 23, Habano, and the ESV ’91, and of course the incredible story of the Perdomo family. So, let’s get things started with this Patriarch and toast the foot!

Pre-light, 1.7
The smooth light brown wrapper on the Patriarch was in good shape with minimal veins. I did notice a couple of soft spots near the shoulder on the pre-light inspection but nothing drastic. The aroma was of mild tobacco along the wrapper and at the foot the notes were of dry tobacco and freshly cut grass. I did not pick up a ton of notes on the cold draw but it did leave a bit of spice on the lips. The double band on this smoke was very simple but it fit the name.

Burn, 1.5:
The Perdomo toasted and lit well and the draw was decent, though a little tight. The cigar produced a fair amount of aromatic smoke but it was not a heavy dense smoke like I anticipated. The ash held to some degree but was not super long before falling into the tray. Into the second third, the draw opened up a bit and smoke become fuller. I did have to re-light this smoke a few times, not sure what the deal was on that, as it burned even throughout.

Flavor, 2.6
The first puff on this smoke hit my palate with tobacco, nuts, and a hint of fruit on the finish. The first third continued this trend, absent the fruit. The flavor was not very full and the finish was somewhat short. As I moved into the second third, the smoke became a bit creamier and was composed of a solid tobacco profile with the short finish continuing.

Overall, 2.6:
I was pretty excited about this smoke based on the idea behind it and so I was a bit disappointed in the results. That being said, it is a decent smoke and priced fairly, but I personally believe Perdomo has some other blends that I would recommend above this one for your money.

(Total: 8.4)

Question of the Day: If you’re a fan of Perdomo, what is your favorite from their line?