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Stogie Reviews: Perdomo Patriarch Corona Extra Corojo

25 Mar 2010

Perdomo Patriarch Corona Extra CorojoThe late Nick Perdomo Sr. was, in the words of his son, the family’s “saving grace.” Formerly an employee in the Cuban cigar industry, he relocated to Nicaragua in 1995 to oversee his son’s once fledgling Miami enterprise blossom into a successful business. He did so occasionally donning a pair of holsters and loaded .45s.

To honor is “father, mentor, and hero,” Nick Perdomo Jr. introduced the Patriarch at the 2008 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. The cigar is, according to Perdomo’s website, “traditionally handmade in father’s favorite blends” and “comprised of exquisite tobaccos from the fertile Nicaraguan valleys of Estelí, Condega, and Jalapa.”

Patriarch is offered in three different wrappers—Connecticut, Corojo, and Maduro—and available in six traditional sizes. Included are the Churchill (7 x 48), Corona Extra (5.6 x 46), Epicure (6 x 50), Lonsdale (6.5 x 42), Robusto (5 x 50), and Torpedo (6.5 x 54). I sampled two Corona Extras in the Corojo format for this review. Each Nicaraguan puro sported an oily exterior leaf, a moderately firm feel, a tight cold draw, and pre-light aromas of honey and raisin.

The medium-bodied flavor, spicy and sandy on the palate, tastes of birch and peanut. There’s an underlying creaminess present that helps smooth out what would otherwise be a dry, meaty profile. Without it, the Patriarch would be ordinary at best and somewhat harsh at worst.

Instead, it’s balanced and satisfying with some nuance. And things get a bit more interesting at the midway point when dark chocolate and coffee notes enter the equation.

The taste, somewhat bitter in the final third, mellows as the cigar approaches its end. All the while the physical properties are admirable with an even burn and a solid ash that holds strong for up to an inch and a half. My only complaint is the persistent resistance on the draw.

Overall, the Corona Extra Corojo is a dignified yet simple treat. Fire one up with friends or family, recommends Nick Jr. Heck, given the story behind the smoke, it might make for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift. Whatever the occasion, I suspect it will neither dazzle nor disappoint, earning a rating of three and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here. Cigars for this review were provided by Cigars Direct.]

Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Perdomo Patriarch Corona Extra Corojo”

  1. David B Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    Spot-on review. Nothing too exciting, nothing too disappointing. The creaminess is the best characteristic.

  2. mighty Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    I think the best in this line is the Patriarch Maduro. I am not usually a fan of too many Perdomo cigars as they usually fall into the same idea behind this cigar which is, not too exciting, not a complete dud either.

  3. dg Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Nice review. I think Im going to have to track down some birch. (“:

  4. John Werner Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    I think you've nailed in on this one. I can't find a thing to complain about if I keep it to the simpler and milder side of the equation. This is a very smooth cigar that gives up a bit of complexity in favor of creamy smooth goodness.