The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro was created to reflect on Perdomo’s passion for the past 20 years they’ve been in business. For this review we are each sampling a different vitola. It has a perfect draw after cutting and a sweet cedar smell. Once lit up, the primary flavors were a creamy, charred oak with a spiy finish. Overall, we loved the consistently delicious flavors and reliable construction. It did lack a bit in complexity and at this price the cigar is hotly contested by some competitors, but you wouldn’t go wrong with this choice.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My Perdomo 20th is a thick box-pressed toro. It has a fantastic looking wrapper leaf and an easy draw. I’m smelling lots of sweet cedar on the wrapper.
IamDarren: got my torpedo out and the wrapper is very nice, minimal veins, nice tight seams but the draw is perfect after cutting
IamDarren: mine looks to have a slight box press but reminds me more of the Oval
IamDarren: getting hints of cedar and cocoa on the cold draw
Terry1: It looks like I have the Corona Grande. Looks fantastic. Nice chocolate and barnyard notes to the wrapper. Perfect draw. Let’s light up!
IamDarren: as soon as i find the torch i will too!
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lighting!
Terry1: Wow! Bold start full of chocolate and pepper. Tons of sweet creamy smoke.
IamDarren: nice rich, maduro flavors from the start. Chocolate, coffee, and pepper. Really coats the palate. Long smooth finish. Lovin it.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine started very mild, but with a delicious mix of charred wood and creamy flavor with a hint of spice.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Been a while since I smoked a Perdomo, but this is reminiscent of the others, and I hold them in high esteem. Perdomo and Oliva are always the value smokes I recommend to people, although this one definitely doesn’t fall into the value category.
IamDarren: i was actually trying to track down some more of the La Tradicion Cabinet series. A couple years ago i got a bunch for 2 to 3 bucks a stick and now they don’t make them anymore
IamDarren: I agree though, generally Perdomo puts out pretty tasty stuff
IamDarren: getting great smoke production and the burn is perfect so far
Terry1: Vanilla sweetness is starting to come through. There is a woody note, more of an oak on mine. Pepper is mellowing from what the start was.
IamDarren: Looks like these retail for around 7 bucks depending on vitola
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine is still mild/medium and tasting like charred wood and coffee at the moment. Spice has faded. This like most Perdomos I’ve had, are just so darned easy to smoke – It’s hard to set them down.
IamDarren: starting to mellow a little. Getting more of that wood you mentioned Terry, also a bit more creamy with a hint of spice on the finish and in the sinus. Still tasty
Terry1: Perdomo is an easy pick for me. My only hesitation is with the strength. I find his cigars to be stronger than advertised. Newer smokers should keep that in mind.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I don’t remember that being the case on others, but I can already feel this one kicking in – there is definitely some nic in here.
IamDarren: I have always loved their Maduros, seems like they always seem to get the ratio of richness, sweetness, and strength about right. At least its not as bad as most Pepins…
Terry1: Maybe it’s just me then. I always feel the nicotine fast with Perdomos.
IamDarren: I think my only complaint about Perdomo has been the smoke time. They usually smoke very fast IMHO.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: This one is confirming your theory for sure. I just don’t recall that on others, probably b/c it’s been too long since I smoked one.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I agree, Darren. They always seem a little loosely packed, but they make up for it with construction in my experience.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Construction meaning nice burn line, ash, and smoke production I mean.
IamDarren: went ahead and removed the band, its was too far up the cigar for my liking, it slid right off.
IamDarren: yeah i agree, all together i have smoked probably a couple boxes worth of Perdomos and never had one that burned bad or didn’t taste good.
Terry1: Same here. Always have some sort of Perdomo in the humi.
IamDarren: Now im down to only a couple of those cheap cabinet series (red label) and i guess i will have to cherish them.
IamDarren: they have a small batch series out now that looks promising for a decent price point
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol! I have a line of the various Perdomo offerings at the top of my glass-top humidor. I guess they make too good of decoration b/c I haven’t been reaching for them.
Terry1: Perdomo does have classy bands and boxes. Loving this cigar right now. Really creamy and sweet. Burn is a bit wavy and the ash wants to fall off.
IamDarren: yeah, flavor is great, love that hint of spice that lasts through the finish. My ash is holding at an inch but it may have to go in the tray
IamDarren: starting to pick up a buttery / nutty flavor after tapping off the ash
IamDarren: have you guys heard of their new Craft series? Just wondering if you thought it was a good idea or not. It is designed to be paired with certain beverages.
Terry1: I’m not a beer drinker so the idea doesn’t appeal to me. I might still try one. I did get to smoke the Undercrown Shade Friday night and it was fantastic. Creamy and sweet.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I didn’t, but sounds good.
IamDarren: i just thought they might be kinda limiting their sales buy suggesting what people should drink.
Terry1: Looks like one side of my cigar stopped burning. I’ll wait for couple of more puffs to see if it self corrects. Great tasting cigar!
IamDarren: Undercrown with a connie wrapper, sounds right up your Alley Terry, now they just need to make one with a Cameroon
Terry1: Yeah I was thrilled to see it. Fit my profile perfectly. I’ll be buying more when I see them again.
IamDarren: speaking of Cameroon, i haven’t been hearing about any new cigars employing that wrapper. Wonder if it is in short supply or something.
Terry1: I’ve heard that true Connecticut wrappers are getting hard to find. Might be the same for Cameroon. Although Rocky just release the Decade Cameroon. Ashed and found a small void on the side that is burning fast. Corrected the burn. Draw is getting tighter. I found the same issues with the Sun Grown version of this cigar.
IamDarren: i think i heard that La Aurora reblended their Cameroon to be more full bodied, thought about picking some up
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Really? I love connie wrapped cigars.
Terry1: Yeah I heard the San Lotano Oval Connecticut is being discontinued because of the lack or wrapper leaf.
IamDarren: i guess its just me but several of the Connie cigars that i have had seem to taste too young, or not enough aging maybe. I like the hay flavor that most of them have but i always end up getting too much bitterness in the last third.
IamDarren: although, one of my first cigars was a CAO gold and i really liked it so maybe i just need to revisit them
IamDarren: im about to the halfway, where are you fellas at?
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Just now at the halfway too. This one was smoking real fast and has slowed down now.
IamDarren: i was kinda thinking the same thing, its burning nice and slow now
IamDarren: im starting to feel the strength a little but the cigar seems to be mellowing so it will be interesting to see what happens in the last third
Terry1: Well that was fun. Just experience the BSOD.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: BSOD?
IamDarren: black/blue screen of death
IamDarren: had to restart i take it
Terry1: Exactly. Restart and wait.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Shitty. Is it hot there?
IamDarren: hope you didn’t upgrade to win 10 yet. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews
Terry1: Yeah it’s in the high 90s today.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: WHAT?!?!?! I upgraded yesterday. Big improvement over 8. The heat could be a factor I’d think, hard drive and fans working over time.
IamDarren: i have 7 and am going to stay put for awhile
Terry1: Haven’t upgraded yet. Still running Win 7. I’ve heard some horror stories trying to get hook up to corporate networks.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I agree, stay with 7. 8 blows, 10 is a hair worse than 7 but manageable. These new “features” are a waste of space and a slow-down IMO.
IamDarren: sometime i have a computer idea i want to run by you guys. I can’t believe i hasn’t been done yet and could be a hot seller.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: You can email it to us.
IamDarren: yea i can do that
Terry1: I’m closing in on the final third. I think I’ve got the smallest ring gauge so it’s smoking faster. Great sweet flavors still. Burn is behaving. Strength is slowly creaping up.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My cigar is building on the complexity and getting very rich. Buttery smoke with charred wood, coffee, tannins (yeah, that’s right), and a hint of spice on the finish.
IamDarren: glad you like that one Terry, the other two in the sampler are friggin huge
IamDarren: butter, sweet, and spicy with an underlying richness that seems to be building back up going into the last third. Might be picking up on that charred wood and maybe some coffee again.
Terry1: I’m glad you sent this one to me. Looks like the flavors are different from what Matt is describing. No charred wood taste or tannins. Love that you are using that term. Lol. Maybe a touch of coffee.
IamDarren: its just starting to get dark here, i can tell fall is coming because it cooling off a lot more in the evenings and the orb spiders are starting to come out on the porch. kinda fun to see them build such a huge web and then take it down every night.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I like the term too, better than “fruity”, which I used to use to describe this tangy flavor.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Same here Darren, we are getting cold every night, which is really bizarre for August. That always makes us think a third tornado is coming or something.
IamDarren: lol, well with this El Nino anything is possible. We have been lucky and missed out on some of the nasty weather that eastern kansas has been getting
IamDarren: agree on the flavor, im starting to get a little zing on the finish. Its not at all bitter so im not going to call it tannin yet. Maybe more on the citrus side.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I am going to accept a job tomorrow, back to 9 to 5. Ebay didn’t quite work out as planned and a good job opened up so I’m working for the man again.
IamDarren: well at least you got a decent vacation
Terry1: Having smoked both versions of the 20th Anniversary I’ve got to say I’m enjoying this maduro version better than the sun grown. This is weird but I get a minty note every few puffs. It comes and goes. Love waiting for it to show up again.
IamDarren: do either of you know much about Linux? Some of the people who upgraded to win 10 said they were going to dual boot Linux.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, things really seem to have worked out well. I was miserable for long periods at the last job. I am taking a big cut in vacation time by starting over, but my pay will be significantly more. A good amount for my field, but not rich by any means.
Terry1: Sounds like a good change then.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Thanks Terry, leaving my old job was the best decision ever.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I haven’t used Linux, so no. What do you mean Darren? I’m curious about that OS.
Terry1: I know nothing about Linux.
IamDarren: i have always felt like enjoying life is the first priority. If we can make enough money to live comfortably that is enough for me. I don’t think being rich makes anyone happy.
IamDarren: only thing i have heard is its simple and very stable.
Terry1: Simple and stable? I wouldn’t know how to act.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol! That’s what I know about it. A co-worker ran dual computers – one Linux and one Win. They said some operations run much faster in Linux (processing images and such).
IamDarren: they were going to run all business related applications on Linux and only use Windows for games and multimedia
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That sounds like a good plan. The only way I know how to do that is dual comps with a remote switch for your monitor. I don’t think you can use the same comp.
IamDarren: oh yeah you can
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Huh, are you going to learn it?
IamDarren: my bro in law has a couple computers that he dual boots. Put 2 partitions in your hard drive for each operating system. its as easy as switching users is on Windows i think.
Terry1: I hate to sit this cigar down but it’s getting to short and hot to smoke. Loved the flavors.
IamDarren: i have never been a software expert but i think i am going to have to learn more if i want to succeed in the PC business.
IamDarren: mine only has an inch left so i can rate any time
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Not necessarily, those Unix folks are building their own PC anyways, your customers would be more average joes, I’d think.
IamDarren: the strength crept up in the middle of the cigar but then leveled off. Flavor and complexity were great the whole way through
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I am ready too. I have an inch smokeable left. Mine keeps building in richness, but I’d still call this medium bodied. I think it is full strength though, it gave me a strong buzz. Rating coming.
IamDarren: i have a farmer right now that wants me to build one but he wan’ts to be able to run an old parts catalogue that is 16 bit. So either we will have to install 32 bit windows or dual boot.
Terry1: He needs a newer catalogue.
IamDarren: i am leaning tword 32 bit just because there isn’t a whole lot of 64 bit software that he will ever need. The only downfall is he will be limited to 4 gig of RAM.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Honestly, why doesn’t he run dual PC? Keep an old hog hooked up on a remote switch and have a strong modern PC for any GPS type of processes he needs to do.
IamDarren: John Deere doesn’t offer it anymore. They don’t want us farmers to be able to decide which parts we need. So we have to call to the store and have some high school dropout look it up and get the part for us
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, that’s where you’re effed.
Terry1: That sucks.
Terry1: Definite recommend from me. I’m planning on getting some more. Great cigar. Thanks Darren.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Overall, I loved the consistently delicious flavors and reliable construction. Too consistent? Maybe, it did lack in complexity. I do think at this price the cigar is hotly contested by some competitors, but you wouldn’t go wrong with this choice.
Terry1: Well put Matt.
IamDarren: Mine was complex enough for me, I had at least 3 different flavor transitions. Maybe vitola does play a role.
Terry1: I think you’re right Darren. It was interesting for me to compare what I was getting to both of your comments. We might have to do this again.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That could be. Mine was a big hog that could make it transition slower/less.