The Perdomo Bugatti was recommended to me by the proprietor of the La Habra Tobacconist, whose name I think is Tony based upon the store's Yelp reviews.
I picked up two of these about a month ago and smoked one after only three days of rest. For this review I smoked the other, which has been resting comfortably since then.
I was excited to smoke this as I recalled it being a really great cigar; strong and flavorful. The cellophane wrapper showed just a tinge of yellowing, which only heightened my anticipation.
Based upon the description of this over at Cigar.com, this is comprised of Nicaraguan fillers aged for up to six years and wrapped in Connecticut maduro broadleaf.
To be honest, I didn't get a lot of taste before lighting it. Maybe a very light cedar taste with a hint of cocoa. The draw was medium/tight; just short of being "too tight."
Wow, did a lot of smoke roll of this guy during the toast. It felt like a good old midwestern fall leaf burning.
Initial notes are mild, nutty chocolates in leather. Once again I fell a bit victim to trying to light a cigar in daylight. I wasnt quite sure if the end was lit. I did have to do some mild retouching and use some small puffs to get it going all the way. Once I did, I started getting the pepper.
Man this this is smokey!
Heavy black pepper upon puffing with dark loamy woods on the retro.
As I move past the first inch or so, the Bugatti settles into some nice dark chocolate baked goods wrapped in woodsy leather. Coffee comes out every now and again, but kept in check by the stronger wood flavor.
Throughout the smoke I had some problems with uneven burning, but nothing a little touch up here and there couldnt handle. The ash generally breaks off just around half an inch.
Overall this was a very smooth and enjoyable smoke. At the end I think it turned out to be a little heavy on the nicotine, I had to eat something right after finishing, but then again I didnt have to smoke it right to the nubbin either.
The Bugatti is full of rich deciduous woods and leather flavors, with enough cocoa in there to keep things interesting, although I did find the final third to get a bit monotonous. I should note that the last time I smoked one, I got a lot more creams, vanillas and sweets out of it. So perhaps this is one to smoke "fresher" rather than later. I'll have more of these sleeping comfortably now, so I'll pull them in a few months and see what happens.
I give this a solid 4 out of 5. I wish it had been a bit more flavorful down the stretch, but it was a great smoke overall.
Total smoke time was 2 hours and 24 minutes.
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