Last weekend, I attended the Cigarnival event hosted by Famous Smoke Shop. The room was filled with tons of cigar vendors with eye-catching booths and displays. Among the many things I couldn’t resist was the Perdomo Special Craft Series Pilsner specifically made to be paired with craft beers.
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Perdomo Special Craft Series Pilsner
I got talking to Nick Perdomo and what he didn’t know was that I had already decided to purchase the box, I just wanted to hear his sales pitch, so here it is. The Perdomo Special Craft Series Connecticut called the Pilsner, is blended with a creamy U.S. Connecticut wrapper, a naturally sweet Nicaraguan binder from the Jalapa Valley, and rich, aromatic Nicaraguan fillers from the Condega Valley. The Connecticut is a mild to medium-bodied blend that is designed to pair with the light, crisp, clean flavors found in pilsners, white ales, golden lagers, cream ales, or light lagers.
What I Got is Dubbed The Amber
The Perdomo Special Craft Series Sun Grown, dubbed the Amber, is blended with a spicy-sweet Cuban-seed Sun Grown wrapper from the Jalapa Valley, a rich, aromatic Nicaraguan binder from the Condega Valley, and robust Cuban-seed Nicaraguan fillers from the Estelí Valley. The Sun Grown is a medium to full-bodied blend made to pair with the toasted malt flavors, floral aromas, and hoppy finishes found in ambers, pale ales, lagers, IPAs, Oktoberfests, or double IPAs.
The line is rounded out by the Perdomo Special Craft Series Maduro, known as the Stout. It uses a dark, oily Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper from the Jalapa Valley, a rich, aromatic Nicaraguan binder from the Condega Valley, and robust Cuban-seed Nicaraguan fillers from the Estelí Valley. The Maduro is also medium to full-bodied blend but is geared towards the thick, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and smoky flavors found in stouts, porters, brown ales, bocks, dunkels, and imperial stouts.
Paired with The Crisp by Sixpoint Brewing of Brooklyn, NY
Even though the Pilsner was blended to be paired with a beer which is not on the top of my favorites list, I decided to give it a try. Nicholas Perdomo explained that the Connecticut shade wrapper grown in the US is a very flavorful tobacco that features a short dry finish. This is very similar to a Pilsner style beer. So I’m glad he got to selling.
Cigar is available in 4 sizes
- Robusto – 5 ½ x 54 MSRP $6.99
- Epicure – 6 ½ x 54 MSRP $7.50
- Churchill – 7 x 54 MSRP $7.99
- Gordo – 6 x 60 MSRP $8.50
The Foot Label Covers the Cigar
The cigar features a huge band which covers about ¾ of the cigar. The band states, “Perdomo Special Craft Series, Hand Crafted for Beer Enthusiasts” and features a picture of the beer it was meant to be paired with.
Notes from the Start
- The cigar feels heavy and the wrapper feels smooth to the touch
- Aroma is sweet hay and grass with a smell of raisins off the foot
- Cold draws features a slightly firm resistance
Initial Impressions Craft Series
I get a taste that is reminiscent of hops. This is a flavor that I have only tasted once before in the Quesada Keg. There is also a good dose of pepper on the back of the mouth and some coffee and pepper on the retrohale. Initially, the cigar starts out medium-body and then ticks down to a mild/medium early in the first third. I’m noticed it builds up to medium plus near the end of the cigar.
The Final Thoughts
I’d say that this a great cigar that burns well and is medium strength. The pairing worked well and the presentation of the cigar and the beers was welcoming. Perdomo did a good job pairing with the blend. A couple of quick thoughts to let you go.
- The hop flavor transfers to the retrohale with a good dose of pepper
- Burn line relatively straight and no touch up required
- Very flavorful Connecticut shade wrapped cigar
- Medium body starting milder
- Wrapper pairs well with the Nicaraguan binder and filler
- Short, crisp, dry finish
- Excellent construction
- This one is not for the strong, full bodied cigar smokers
- 1 ½ to 2 hour smoke time on the Epicure
Perdomo Special Craft Series Pilsner
Cigarnival is presented every year by Famous Smoke Shop.