January 8, 2008
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 5/8 ”
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Natural
Filler : A Family Secret
Price : $400+ for a box of 20
I have the very good fortune of having befriended a man who is generally considered one of the best, if not the best, cigar reps in the South East US. He may be the best in the country. I first met Chris Harper when he was working for another cigar manufacturer. He now works for Perdomo and apparently they recognize his talents as well because he has quickly risen through the ranks there and has gotten himself a nice promotion that has expanded his responsibilities to a national, rather than regional, level. Chris is one of the friendliest and most genuine guys I have met in the cigar business. One of the great things about being friends with Chris is that he is a very knowledgeable and passionate cigar guy with an insider’s knowledge of the industry so he is full of great stories about cigars and the cigar business. He once relayed to me the story of the Perdomo family which is a truly amazing story. Here is a brief synopsis of what Chris told me. You can also find a more detailed version of the story on the Perdomo website.
The Perdomo family story has all the makings of an excellent A&E Biography or perhaps a great made for TV movie. The two Patriarchs of the family endured a lot on their road to success in the cigar industry. In Cuba, both Silvio Perdomo and his son, Nick Sr., were making names for themselves as master craftsman in the Cuban cigar industry. Then in the midst of all this success their worlds were turned upside down by the Communist Revolution and Castro’s rise to power. Both were and are peaceful opposers of the Communist rule in Cuba. As a result, Silvio Perdomo was arrested and jailed. He endured 12 years of torture and mistreatment. The whole time he was imprisoned he refused to compromise his beliefs, never once conceding to demands that he show public support of Castro and the Communist party. Silvio’s son Nick Sr. almost lost his life because of the family’s anti-communist views. He was shot and critically wounded by communist guerrillas. Close friends of the family hid Nick and cared for his wounds. Before he could fully recover from his gunshot wounds friends were able to sneak him out of the country bringing Nick Sr. to the United States. Eventually Silvio was freed as well and rejoined his son in Miami. The two began making cigars again in their Kitchen and it wasn’t long before Nick’s son, Nick Jr., joined the family business. Now, from those modest beginnings the Perdomo family cigar business has a location in Miami and a huge factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
That’s the short version of the story of Tabacalera Perdomo and the Edición de Silvio line of cigars. Nick Jr. created the Perdomo Edición de Silvio as a living tribute to his late grandfather and mentor. The ultra premium selection of tobaccos that go into the blends of this line are a closely guarded secret known only to members of the Perdomo family. You can enjoy an Edición de Silvio in one of three wrappers. It comes in either a Natural, Maduro, or an exquisite (I speak from personal experience) genuine African Cameroon wrapper. There are six different vitolas available which are rolled exclusively by the factories five most skilled rollers. They are the Robusto, Toro, Petite Corona, No.2 Torpedo, Double Corona, and a monstrous Salomon. Now on to the smoke…
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
In my haste to get out to my local shop and smoke this cigar, I regretfully forgot to snap a picture of the cigar so all I have is the scan of the band displayed above. The Natural Double Corona sports a decadent looking light brown wrapper with the look of expensive leather. It has a slight tooth and fine veins running throughout. In the traditional Cuban style it has a masterfully applied triple cap that clipped perfectly with my Palio. The band is a work of art. There is a circle of copper tobacco leaves on a glossy black background and the name of the cigar is proudly displayed on silver banners that wrap around the cigar.
Construction : [rating:5/5]
The construction of this cigar is predictably superb. Well filled with a perfect bunching of the filler, it had no soft spots. The burn was perfect from start to finish and the ash was perfectly formed and held firm. It had the whitest ash I have ever seen on a cigar.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
Given the special nature of this cigar I decided that it should be treated with an extra measure of respect so I used Gordon Mott’s “Three Match” technique to light my Edición de Silvio. That is exactly how I lit this cigar and it worked beautifully. The smoke started off a bit peppery and a little harsh but that didn’t last for more than a few puffs. It quickly mellowed delivering a rich creamy flavor of toasted nuts. Further in the flavors changed to a pleasant spice with a slightly citrus undertone and a woody finish. As I neared the end of the smoke it picked up a bit getting a bit more robust and peppery making for a good finish to the experience.
Value : [rating:3/5]
These run about $22 to $25 a pop. That’s a pretty big price tag for a cigar even a Top Shelf smoke however, the DC is a large cigar so that drives the price up a bit. Given how good the cigar is and the fact that it is, in my book, a special occasion smoke I’d rate it as an average value, although probably still a little over priced. Still, it is certainly worth picking up one or two to save for that special occasion that calls for a premium cigar.
Overall Rating : [rating:overall]
This cigar was a joy to smoke. It starts off mild to medium in body and eases you into the smoke as it gradually gets more robust developing into a nice medium bodied smoke. It had a decent amount of complexity which is important for a smoke this large. I recommend everyone give it a try.
July 29, 2013
…smoked this today…suprisingly ordinary wrapper, uneven burn and absent of anything special in the way of flavor…had to try it…done !!!
July 1, 2011
I must say, if you could see the pride and quality that goes into
Perdomo cigars by Nicks ” family ” it’s impeccable… with that being
said Perdomo cigars is one of the fastest growing cigar company. If you
could meet the staff there In Esteli you would know why !!!
July 1, 2011
Matt, you’ve got my attention. Perdomo is more and more reaching greater heights of quality. The 10th Anniversary Maduro and The Patriarch are great examples of Nic cigars that can stand toe-to-toe with anything from Cuba. This cigar would seem to raise the bar a good notch more. I hope to find one and try it.
March 2, 2011
I just had on of these Silvio’s freshly rolled @ perdomo and it was one of the better sticks i have had. Bold, peppery and 3 awesome tastes. Lasts about 2 – 2 1/2 hrs. Great Cigar
November 8, 2009
Wonderful stick. Too good to enjoy properly on the golf course. However, after a great round….
October 3, 2009
$20-$25 a stick they better be great–Not had this cigar yet and can think of many smokes at a much cheaper cost that more than have great flavors & tatste! That said maybe I will try one!
February 6, 2009
Perdomo is probably my favorite Nicaraguan brand, overall, from cheapest cigars, to top-shelf cigars like the Edicion de Silvio. And, Perdomo does maduro better than most, their fermentation process yeilds a supremely tasty wrapper leaf that keeps me coming back time and again.
The maduro-wrapped Edicion de Silvio is no exception. My favorite of that line, and a rare treat considering the cost, is the #2 Torpedo maduro.
The Perdomo ESV 1991 Prestigio maduro is almost as good, and cost much less.
January 8, 2008
Somehow, it just disappeared 🙂 Corrected.
It did say $22 to $25 a pop but it appears it was edited out for some reason. Either that or I really messed up and failed to type the numbers….
January 8, 2008
Very nice review. I find it truly amazing how many Cuban cigar families share the horrible experience of mistreatment by the communist regime in Cuba. I guess the positive thing is they all have a family closeness that is hard to find these days.
Thanks for the link to Gordon’s lighting technique. Really special story.
Your review does leave me with a question. Under the “Value” heading you state “These run about to a pop.” What exactly do you mean by that?
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