Perdomo Vintage Connecticut Look & Feel
- Wrapper Hue: Cinnamon Stick
- Rolling Consistency: Mostly Straight
- Spring: Firm
- Aromas: Fudge, Vanilla, Milk Chocolate
The Perdomo Doubled Aged 12 Year Vintage Connecticut is an elegant cigar with a straight roll. There’s the occasional soft spot but they’re few and far between and it has a generally firm spring. Its colour resembles cinnamon with a mild sheen of oils.
The veins are fine but the wrapper is quite fragile so breakage isn’t uncommon. Therefore, take care in handling these cigars.
The aromas on the nose consist of sweet fudge, vanilla, and milk chocolate.
Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Vintage Connecticut Review
The Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Vintage Connecticut was acclimated for a period of three weeks in preparation for the review. For this process, it was stored with 69% RH Boveda Packs in a Boveda Acrylic Humidor, and monitored with a Boveda Butler.
- Draw: Ideal
- Aromas: Salted Caramel, Cinnamon, Crème Anglaise
The sweet candy experience continues into the prelight, which has a nice airflow incidentally. Expected salted caramel that leaves a crystalised residue on the lips as well as cinnamon spice and crème anglaise, which features hints of vanilla.
1st Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Nutmeg, Neroli, Bay Leaf
The burn line is beautifully straight but thicker than expected. The ash clings on and doesn’t want to come off. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy but light in weight. It distributes evenly across the palate. However, there isn’t a creamy note in the flavour profile.
Instead, it dishes out subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Charred bay leaf produces a somewhat aromatic characteristic. Meanwhile, neroli, a bitter citrus tree blossom, offers herbaceous zest.
2nd Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Anise, Nougatine, Pink Pepper
The ash tends to last for an entire third of the cigar before coming off on its own. A new stack forms quite easily but the burn line can show signs of waviness at this stage. The Vintage Connecticut has developed some body and it’s heavier on the palate.
However, it remains creamy while delivering savoury flavours. On this occasion, the citrus has favoured in favour of anise spice and pink pepper in the retrohale. Meanwhile, a nougatine note produces hints of caramel and nuttiness, which adds warmth to the bouquet.
Final Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Grilled Sesame, Rosewood, Pepper
The final third continues to reveal pleasant lunar landscape ash with a perfectly straight burn line. Interestingly, the burn is far thinner in the final third. The flavour profile has developed again and is now embodied by a woody character.
It’s fragrant and reminiscent of rosewood while heavier notes of pepper ring out in the retrohale. The rich nougatine note from the previous third now expresses itself as grilled sesame.
Overall, the Vintage Connecticut is wonderfully complex with intriguing nuances. Its mouthfeel is smooth and starts light on the palate while becoming bolder as you progress. Otherwise, the palate stimulation is balanced and harmonious. It doesn’t focus anywhere on the palate in particular nor does it produce any excessive salivation or dryness in the mouth.
The finish doesn’t overstay its welcome and isn’t too long. Similarly, the residual scent in the room is pleasant and fragrant but eventually dissipates.
- Ash Backbone: Mostly Strong
- Burn Angle: Mostly Straight
- Temperature: Cool
- Draw: Ideal Airflow
- Final Smoking Time: 85 Minutes
As described in each third, the burn line is usually straight and it has an excellent ash backbone. Similarly, the airflow in the draw is ideal while the temperature remains perfectly cool.
The large band is full of information besides the very long name! It lists the tobaccos used in the blend on one side as well as an overview of the tasting notes. Interestingly, aside from the wrapper, it doesn’t detail where these tobaccos are used. Therefore, you don’t know what’s in the filler and what is used for the binder.
Therefore, the band is quite large and takes a lot of real estate even on the Churchill vitola. As a result, it needs removing around the halfway point. I would have preferred it if it had been separated into two or three bands so I could keep some decoration on the cigar for longer. Nevertheless, it’s a well-presented cigar!
The wooden box follows the band with a rust-red and sunburst colour scheme. Like the 20th Anniversary range, it uses a sunburst, red, and black colour to indicate whether the cigar is a Connecticut, Sun Grown, or Maduro blend.
It features lots of attention to detail with a varnished exterior and natural wood interior. It’s made using a combination of solid wood and plywood. On the outside corners, you can see the dovetailing, which shows the level of craftsmanship.
The interior lists the tobaccos and tasting notes again. There’s also an additional card with more information about the blend. I also quite liked the detail of the “P” signature on the lock for opening the box.
Expect to pay between $9 and $9.50 for the Churchill vitola of the Double Aged 12 Year Vintage Connecticut. Given that’s the largest size and under $10, it offers great value for money. It’s a good cigar for beginners and can be used for a variety of different occasions.
Given that it’s mild and approachable with a nice premium presentation, consider it for special occasions like weddings and bachelor parties. Otherwise, it’s a good morning or mid-afternoon cigar to enjoy under the sun with a refreshing drink.
Perdomo Double Aged Connecticut Pairings
You could consider the Vintage Connecticut to follow or accompany your lunchtime dessert. For instance, it would pair well with crème brûlée and bring out some of the creamy and vanilla notes. Meanwhile, nougatine is a great choice given the second third most dominant note.
If you prefer a savoury pairing, white meat that’s been marinated with aromatic herbs would accord nicely. I’d opt for something like lamb or pork cutlets.
As for beverages, I’d personally enjoy it with a Ricard pastis. Not only is it a pleasant and refreshing drink but it will extend the anise flavours of the cigar. Otherwise, whiskey drinkers should consider something like and floral from Ireland.
In terms of soft drinks, I’d consider root beer thanks to its aromatic properties. Otherwise, Coco-Cola can impart its caramel character on the cigar, which could be pleasant too. Finally, a milky coffee like caffè latte or café au lait would be ideal to bring out the creaminess.
A complex and wonderfully refreshing mild-bodied cigar that offers sensational value for money, the Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Vintage Connecticut is great. It can be enjoyed by all cigar smokers no matter than preferences or level of experience.