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First Look: Perdomo Edicion de Silvio
EDICIÓN de SILVIO®, hailed as the "crown jewel" of Perdomo's family of cigar brands, was reverently created by Nick Perdomo, Jr. as a living tribute to honor the memory of his late grandfather and mentor, Silvio Perdomo. The brand is comprised of a masterful blend of exquisite tobaccos the origins of which are a fiercely guarded secret known only to the Perdomo family. Nick, Jr. declared the delicate blend lends "a new and thrilling flavor characteristic that reminds my father of how 'real Cuban cigars' were made before 1959. It is a work of love for my father and I - and the finest cigar I've ever had the pleasure to experience."
The thick, luscious all-Cuban seed tobaccos, cultivated into a binder and filler crop which Perdomo and grandfather Silvio began aging before his passing in 1997, have been exclusively fermented in large, 50+-year old vintage oak casks uniquely fashioned with Spanish cedar. These thick, time-honored vessels were discovered by Nick, Jr. and his grandfather in 1995 on one of their many pilgrimages to the Jalapa Valley on a barren tobacco farm that was confiscated and plundered by the Sandinista regime in 1979. Cloistered in a heavily guarded aging chamber on the perimeter of the Perdomo family production compound in Esteli, these distinctively spice-laden "bins" were used to house the special tobaccos created for "EDICIÓN de SILVIO®" under the explicit guidance of only four members of the Perdomo family. "These special bins are one of the many legacies of my grandfather. They lend an unbelievably smooth quality and rich texture and taste to the cigar," stated Nick, Jr. Due to the conservative yield of the original harvest and the painstaking, scrupulous selection of only the finest tobaccos from that harvest, final production is forecasted to be limited to only 50,000 cigars. Only five of the factory's most elite torcedors are permitted to handcraft the commemorative new brand honoring Silvio Perdomo's most cherished vitolas: the "Robusto" (5" x 54); "Double Corona" (7 5/8" x 50) and "No. 2 Torpedo" (6 1/8" x 54). Fifty cigars are meticulously sorted and delicately stocked in an aerated, slide-top Spanish cedar caché surrounded by and continuously exposed to the boldly fragrant "ribbons" of a 120-year old Spanish cedar tree. These cedar "ribbons" are hand-carved from the rich, oily heartwood of the tree, infusing an expressive aroma and a distinctively elegant finish to each and every cigar. The wax-sealed cigar caché and Spanish cedar "ribbons" are then concealed under lock and key within a rustic "Spanish Galleon" tobacco chest.
According to Perdomo, EDICIÓN de SILVIO® is a smoking experience that yields an impressive, robust taste with an undercurrent of delicate, complex tones. "This cigar is an exacting blend of viso, alto viso, ligero and seco tobaccos that my grandfather loved," recalled Nick, Jr. "He told me this specific blend is a fusion of strength and compassion which are qualities of not only a good cigar, but also of a good and God-fearing man. My grandfather was a wonderful man, a respected cigar artisan and a hero to my father and I. This was our last collaboration together, and I'm reminded that we owe everything we are to him."
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