As I follow various cigar brands and the people behind them, when it comes to Perdomo Cigars there is no question about their commitment to bring a quality product to the marketplace. I’ve witnessed Nick Perdomo’s care and commitment first hand, and from a consumer point of view, he’s done a great job at providing great smokes to the marketplace. Last year, Perdomo brought back an older brand – the Cuban Bullet. With this cigar’s return, some changes were made to deliver a quality smoke at a great price. After sampling the new Perdomo Cuban Bullet v2.0 Cuban Seed Sun Grown, I can attest that this is a great cigar.
In the return of the Cuban Bullet, one of the big changes has been in the filler. The original Cuban Bullet had used both short and long fillers. In the Cuban Bullet v2.0, it is now all long fillers. Cigar enthusiasts know that long filler always makes for a better cigar experience, so again this is great news.
One thing Perdomo does better than any other brand is providing a good horizontal for the consumer. Like with many of the other Perdomo cigars, the blend is offered with a selection of different wrappers – thus appealing to different pallets. The Cuban Bullet v2.0 comes in Nicaraguan Cuban Seed Sun Grown, Nicaraguan Connecticut Shade, and a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. For the purposes of this assessment, I will look at the Cuban Seed Sun Grown.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cuban Seed Sun Grown
The Perdomo Cuban Bullet is available in four classic size vitolas. For the purposes of this assessment, I will sample the Robusto.
Churchill: 7 x 50
Toro: 6 x 50
Robusto: 5 x 50
Torpedo: 5 3/4 x 54
Preparation for the Cigar Experience
I’m getting more in the habit of performing pre-light draws. For this particular cigar, I placed a straight cut into the cap. On the pre-light draw I got some basic wood tones along with a touch of butternut. It was then on to toast the foot and enjoy the cigar.
For my Robusto, the initial notes definitely continued the butternut tones that I sampled on the pre-light draw. When I sampled the flavor through my nose, I picked up some char notes – not harsh ones, but ones that you would get on a nice piece of steak. As the smoke progressed through the first third, I began to detect some nice notes of nutmeg.
As the second third started, wood notes emerged and I detected some nice cherry notes. I enjoyed the sweetness this cigar was producing. As the smoke entered the second half, I did notice the emergence of some pepper notes. I particularly liked the timing of the pepper notes here. While the pepper won’t overwhelm you, it does replace the sweetness. The finish to the cigar was a bit soft and warm on the nub, but it maintained nice flavors right to the end.
Burn and Draw
My burn at times did require a few touch-ups, but nothing on the major side. The burn rate and burn temperature were fine. No problems on the draw – this cigar was a joy to smoke.
Strength and Body
This is a classic medium strength and medium body cigar. It gives a good balance of both. This really is a cigar you can have any time of the day.
The price point for this cigar is in the $3.50 – $5.00 range depending on your retailer and vitola. A lot of times when somewhere hears of a cigar at this price, they think “cheap cigar”. This is not the case with the Perdomo Cuban Bullet v2.0 Cuban Seed Sun Grown. Not only did I enjoy this cigar, but I smoked it with a couple of friends and they also gave it a thumbs up. Perdomo delivers well on this one. Because I enjoyed it so much, I’d buy this cigar and smoke it again.
Assessment: Nice to Have