The Perdomo Champagne has long been one of the most popular cigars in the Cigar King humidor. Known for it’s soft, creamy flavors, smooth smoke, and mild body, the Champagne is one our customers reach for often. This year, Nick Perdomo decided to add another version of the Champagne to the lineup, joining the Champagne and Champagne Noir. The new cigar is called the Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown, and as you can guess, sports a Sun Grown wrapper over similar tobacco’s to the rest of the line. The addition of this cigar provides the Champagne smoker with something for any time of day at a great price point, something Perdomo has long been known for. The Sun Grown is supposed to fit between the original Champagne and the Noir strength wise, making it great as an afternoon smoke or even holding up after a big dinner. Coming in the same sizes as the other 2 lines, today we will smoke the Epicure size, a 6×54 toro. Let’s see where this beauty fits in the Perdomo lineup.
Size: Epicure 6×54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
Price: $7.00/stick or $131.95/box of 25
Appearance: The Sun Grown wrapper that adorns this larger stick is a light brown color with some slight veining. There is a noticeable oiliness to the wrapper, something I don’t typically notice on sun grown wrappers, though this one definitely shines a little under the light. The cigar is spongy when lightly squeezed with no hard spots through the length of the stick. The band is similar to the other Champagne cigars in the line, with the color scheme being altered to show a difference as well the words Sun Grown in script across the bottom of the band. Though the band is quite large when compared to some you see today, it feels just about right on a cigar this size, not overly large and taking up to much space.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown smells of sweet honey and caramel with some spice at the back of the nose. The wrapper carries a slightly vegetal like smell with some feint sweetness coming through as well. The triple cap was neatly applied and cut off cleanly providing an ample draw, plenty open to provide loads of smoke. On the first dry draw, a spice hits the back of my mouth quite abruptly, not overpowering, but unexpected. Once the spice settles, a nice leather and sweetness hits the tongue, while the lips are left with a bit of a tingle from the spice.
Once the cigar is lit, a nice earthy aroma fills the room from the abundance of smoke that comes through the draw. The mouth is filled with a thick, chewy smoke that laces the palate with notes of leather, nutmeg and anise. The nose is spicier in its profile, coming through with a more peppery tone than the mouth. The Champange Sun Grown starts at a solid medium strength though it does show signs of getting stronger as we move further into the smoke. The burn line is a bit wavy, needing only a slight touch up about an inch in, though the ash holds for nearly the entire first third. The draw remains open and easy with plenty of smoke to be had with very little effort.
Into the 2nd third of the Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown the honey and caramel I smelled from the foot has come on. The spice that was on the tongue has dissipated to allow for the sweetness to really shine. The dance between the honey and caramel in your mouth is quite pleasing, a mouth watering experience throughout this third. The strength has moved into the medium-full category midway into this middle third, balanced well with the heavy sweetness. The burn line has been perfect throughout this third, and once again, the ash holds quite a long ways until I tap it off into my ashtray. The draw continues to provide ample smoke output while the foot puts off an above average amount while sitting in the ashtray.
The final third is much like the middle of the Champagne Sun Grown, with an added twist. The nutmeg like spice comes into play once again, at the back of the palate, to create a slightly spicy/sweet combo with the caramel and honey. It is a delightful flavor combo to finish on, balancing nicely with the medium-full strength profile. Overall, this is a stick that could easily be smoked in the early afternoon after a nice lunch or late at night after a nice dinner with some dessert and cocktails. It is a very nice addition to the Champagne lineup, different then the other blends while maintaining enough similarities to hold the Champagne namesake. If you would like to purchase some of the new Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown, please call us at 800-669-7167 or order online by clicking here.