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Cigar Review: Perdomo Lot 23 Robusto

27 Jun 2013

Lot 23 RobustoTastes change. At least mine do.

More than six years ago, I reviewed the then-new Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped Lot 23 Toro with Nicaraguan filler and binder from a Perdomo farm. I wasn’t particularly impressed.

For whatever reason, I rarely delve into Perdomo’s extensive offerings (more info on the various brands here), so it didn’t take much for Lot 23 to slip from my consciousness after that.

Recently, though, I picked up ten Robustos at what seemed a bargain price, under $3 per stick. Something made me want to give this cigar another try. I’ve smoked a few from this new batch, and I’m glad I decided to revisit the cigar. I’ve enjoyed each of them.

For one thing, I think the Robusto (5 x 50) is better suited to the Lot 23 blend than the inch-longer Toro. I also haven’t noticed the dryness that bothered me before.

But more importantly, I believe my tastes are not the same as they were in 2007. I think I was smoking a lot of stronger cigars back then. My selections ran more toward Don Pepin Garcia, Tatuaje, La Flor Dominicana, and other potent sticks.

I also don’t think I was as open to a milder cigar. Although I continue to smoke many strong cigars, these days I seem to have moved to a different taste plane where I can appreciate subtlety and nuance as well, particularly as a change of pace.

So for this review, I’ll revise my earlier rating of the Lot 23 and award it a very solid four stogies out of five. Who knows what I’ll find if I smoke a Lot 23 in 2019?

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

George E

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10 Responses to “Cigar Review: Perdomo Lot 23 Robusto”

  1. john walsh Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    how about the flavor profile, draw and burn line

  2. john walsh Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    how about the flavor profile, draw and burn

  3. George E. Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    John – I've found the burn and draw to be excellent in all that I've smoked, which includes several more since I wrote this. I have gotten away, at least a little, from detailing flavors in reviews because that is such an individual thing that I'm not sure it's all that relevant. A quote in a wine blog I read brought the point home to me: "My grandfather never allowed us to describe the flavours in a wine because he said that from the moment you describe wine, you are limiting it." So, lately, I've been trying to focus more on other elements that I hope will give readers a sense of whether they want to try a certain cigar. In this case, those were that it is a fairly mild, nuanced cigar that doesn't fit the stereotype of a Nicaraguan-filled cigar. Hope this helps!

    • john walsh Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      makes sense.thanks

  4. SlidZero Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Have you tried the new 20th Anniversary? Amazing cigar! Especially the new Corona Grande 6 1/2×48 size! To die for!

  5. George E. Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I haven't tried that 20th anniversary. I'll pick one up soon.

  6. Swede214 Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I have had a problem with ''tasting'' all of those flavor's that are always told about a cigar,it is either a good taste, or bad, for me. I wonder if it is just me or are there other guys who might feel the same way. Thanks George, good review.

  7. Dale Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Great review George, thanks.

  8. chas Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Nick is a great guy and has a great factory tour. Perdomo is a vertical company doing great things with cigars. Traditional values, family heritage, great tobacco! We sell perdomo very well at my home shop.

  9. Vincent Jones Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Perdomo's are my favorite, great review George