March 11, 2011
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua (Natural)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$4.70 each
In 1992, an enterprising air traffic controller named Nick Perdomo Jr. started a cigar company out of his home garage in Miami, Florida. Today, Tabacalera Perdomo owns the second largest cigar manufacturing facility in Estelí, Nicaragua and produces nine diverse product lines. The Lot 23 line began in 2000 with the clearing of an untouched plot of land in Nicaragua. The tobacco grown there is fermented for one year and bale-aged for a minimum of three years.
Appearance : [rating:3/5]
The milk chocolate colored wrapper has a few veins and imperfections along with a rather lumpy and carelessly applied cap. A massive, well secured band adorned with a picture of the Nicaraguan estate compliments the rich color of the wrapper leaf.
Construction : [rating:2.5/5]
A few small soft spots run along the length of this Churchill. The burn line wavers noticeably at these areas but requires no manual correction. This cigar possesses a slightly airy draw that produces a marginally thin smoke. A gray, flaky ash is left behind as the cigar burns.
Flavor : [rating:2.5/5]
The Perdomo Lot 23 offers a slightly dry nutty flavor exhibiting a very light sweetness with an oily finish softly hinting at spice. A mild woody character is also present shortly after the draw. This cigar has a simple set of common flavors and a medium body.
Value : [rating:4/5]
Despite the mediocre flavor and flaws in construction, this long cigar represents a good value as it provides slightly over two hours of enjoyment at a price point less than five dollars.
Overall Rating : [rating:3/5]
Though slightly rustic in appearance, the Perdomo Lot 23 Churchill presents a basic array of flavors at a bargain price. The few imperfections in construction presented a slight nuisance but the overall experience was positive and commensurate with the price. This medium bodied cigar is recommended to the budget conscious smoker looking for a handmade cigar that can be enjoyed on a routine basis.
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April 4, 2012
I have had one in my humdor for sveral month’s so I thought I would go ahead and smoke it. I really found it too be full flavore, almost harsh at the end. I don’t think I would purchase another, however, I must add that some of the cigars I like the most are Perdomo.
March 12, 2011
A “mistake humidor” that is an epic idea!
March 11, 2011
Nathan, I think you’ve been very generous in your overall rating of this cigar. I’ve tried a couple different 23’s that came in samplers and I thought they were just average at best and certainly not worth the price point at which they’re listed.
I wholly agree with your flavor rating and they’re not a bad looking cigar. It’s just that they’re pretty blah. I’ve relegated the few I have left to my “mistake” humidor. That’s the one where I keep the cigars that I’ll grab when I’m going to do some work in yard or the garage and know that the cigar is going to be abused, either through relights or getting knocked around – and I wouldn’t want that to happen to a nice vitole!
Thanks for taking the time to review the cigar for us, though, and reinforcing my opinion and observations of the 23.
March 11, 2011
Thanks for the review on this, i’ve seen a handful of reviews on this lately that have gotten me interested in this cigar. I’ve seen it on the shelf for years, but have never tried it as it didn’t seem like a cigar that would excite me. That has changed with the handful of reviews i’ve seen lately thanks guys!
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