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Revisiting Our famous Genuine Counterfeit Cuban Cigars

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

All through the 1980s and 1990s there was an influx of fake Cuban cigars flooding the market due to the stringent requirements of bringing them back to the states, and, with so many fake Cuban cigars finding their way into the mouths of unsuspecting smokers, we decided to create a cigar that is a “GENUINE” counterfeit. To accomplish this task, we turned to Nick Perdomo, and his famous factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Known for creating some of the finest Cuban-style blends on the market, we knew he was the best man to get the job done right.

Genuine Counterfeit Cuban Cigars are expertly rolled with a premium blend of perfectly aged Honduran and Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos covered by a sturdy Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that was carefully chosen by Nick himself for its stunning clay red color and nice oily patina. To add even more eye-appeal, and to guarantee a cool effortless draw, the cigars are featured in six popular square-pressed vitolas. In addition, to satisfy real cigar purists that love the old-world Cuban shapes, handmade premium Genuine Counterfeit Cuban cigars are also available in a stunning 4.75 x 52 Perfecto, and a 6 x 54 Torpedo. Then, after numerous quality control inspections to assure that every Counterfeit is perfectly rolled, no plugs or soft spots, and each wrapper is evenly colored, these tasty gems are packed in retro cedar box packaging made to look like the smuggled cigar boxes of the 1960s.

Thanks to the expert blending skills of the artisans at the famous Perdomo factory, these beauties offer you the potency and complexity of a genuine Cuban cigar with its earthy, sweet, nutty, and spicy medium to full-bodied profile. Even the naturally sweet-smelling room note is reminiscent of those great old pre-embargo Habanos of yesteryear. And, to sweeten the deal, all this authentic Cuban-style goodness comes with a very affordable price! So why take the chance of buying an expensive phony Cuban when you can order a real Counterfeit Cuban from us for half the price? Trust us, these cigars are so darn tasty, you’ll need a passport and a plane ticket to find a cigar this good!

Introducing the Hot New Perdomo Estate Vintage Seleccion Cigars

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The Affordable Fresco Cigar from Perdomo

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

There is no doubt that Nick Perdomo is one of the most innovative cigar makers and tobacco experts in the premium cigar industry today. He has created a huge portfolio of top-selling blends that encompass regular releases, Limited Edition Anniversary, and a host of specially crafted sticks that include the Bourbon Barrel Aged, Special Craft Series for beer connoisseurs, Factory Tour, and a host of other mouthwatering treats to enhance your enjoyment of this great hobby. Beyond his amazing crafting prowess and massive lineup of premium handmade cigars, Nick is one of a handful of manufacturers that are totally in tune with the economy as well as every smokers budget, therefore, in the extraordinary lineup of Perdomo cigars you will find several top-notch blends that also happen to be very affordable. His latest release, Perdomo Fresco, falls into this category.

Perdomo Fresco cigars, a value-based offering in the category of Nick’s Sticks, and Lot 23, are available in very popular sizes, and come with your choice of a golden brown or dark Maduro wrapper. The Fresco also happens to be one of the few Nicaraguan puros to boast a mellow to medium body profile. Sparing you the added cost of a fancy box, Perdomo Fresco cigars are packaged in 25-count bundles. However, don’t let this no-frills packing lull you into thinking this cigar is nothing more than a “mow the lawn” stogie, because Fresco is a premium cigar in every sense of the world. Handmade using quality Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos form Estelí, and a flavorful Jalapa binder; Perdomo Fresco surely doesn’t sacrifice quality for price.

Flavor wise, Perdomo Fresco is an easygoing smoke with more than enough character and complexity to satisfy both the newcomer and seasoned cigar aficionado alike. Thanks to a core of perfectly aged tobaccos, the light-colored sun-grown wrapped Fresco delivers a mellow to medium-bodied experience boasting smooth and creamy nuances of toast, spice, and cedar, while the Maduro, equipped with a dark, oily, supple leaf, brings some savory notes of espresso and chocolate to the (rolling) table.

By foregoing the elaborate packaging and expensive marketing strategies, Fresco delivers a fabulous luxury smoke that only tastes expensive!

Whether sharing them with good friends, or making them your daily driver, Fresco cigars offer everything you have come to expect from a premium handmade Perdomo cigar without breaking the bank.

I Thank the Heavens for My Beloved Nighttime Cigar, by Tommy Zman

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I never can understand how anyone can not smoke—it deprives a man of the best part of life … with a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him—literally. ~ Thomas Mann (1875-1955) German author, critic

In these upside down, tumultuous times we live in, it seems that only a cigar could bring about an evening with such warm passion and fond, lasting memories . The cigar is simply the world’s most incredible relation and bonding tool. The alluring scent and ritualistic lighting and puffing can make the average night great, and a great night unforgettable. It is times like these that I am so grateful that I smoke fine cigars. I am so grateful that I have come to know the wonders of aged tobacco from far away lands basking in warm tropical breezes and indigenous island palms. No matter if strolling the Manhattan skyline or relaxing on your back deck, casting flies into a stream or a game of Texas Hold ‘Em with the guys, the cigar in your hand is the common thread that brings it all together.

I’ve found that there is absolutely NOTHING that can relieve the pressure’s and monotony of a long, hard work  day than tilting your head back and lighting up a premium hand rolled cigar. It almost doesn’t even matter how bad your day was because only five minutes into your ritual, your mind will unravel and your body will begin to melt into a state of euphoric relaxation. As the ash grows at the end of your stick and you watch the blue swirling smoke ascend into the heavens, there is NOTHING that can do you any harm at that moment. You are invincible to the chaos of the surrounding world as a force field of tobacco goodness keeps you safe from harms way.

I have often said that no $150 an hour session with a shrink or horse pill he would prescribe could replace what my nightly cigar does for me. I have read many of the books from the great positive thinkers and gurus of happiness, and while much of their advice has been beneficial to my well being, nothing transports my mind, body, and soul into to a state of sheer content than my Partagas, Perdomo, or Punch… NOTHING.

Now, in today’s world where so many are offended by our love for the cigar, great times may become fewer and far between. There are those in our political system who wish to eradicate smoking to the point of prohibition, and as history has shown us, that sort of thing never goes over very well. Human nature kind of says – tell someone they can’t have something and they want it all the more. We as a group – a brotherhood – need to stick together and do whatever possible to keep safe the hobby we love and cherish. We must defend the right to smoke our cigars at all cost because our relaxation and sanctity of life depends on it.

PLEASE SUPPORT Cigar Rights of America as they continue to deal with congress, the senate, and all US legislators who need to be made aware that our cigars are the best friends we know of and we will fight like hell to keep them in our lives! >>

Smoke ‘em cuz ya gottem my friends,


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Perdomo Champagne Noir

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


It’s been awhile since I’ve done any sort of video cigar review. My pal Anthony had the idea that I switch it up a bit and do a review with him. I was all for it, especially since he has been out of the loop for quite some time too. His palate is far above average, and I looked forward to the awkwardness that may arise doing my first review with just him and I.

The Perdomo Champagne Noir is a nice medium to full bodied cigar. It has a straight forward flavor profile, which isn’t a bad thing. Coffee, rich cocoa, woodiness, and a peppery zing make this slow burner a joy to smoke.

As you would expect, Anthony and I pick this thing apart, and it is documented in this 17 minute video review. We also have some random banter and awkwardness. Yes, very awkward.

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Perdomo Cuban Bullet 2.0–Maduro

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I tried the Cuban seed wrapped version of this cigar awhile back. I remember thinking it was a decent cigar for the price range. When I ran across the Maduro wrapped Cuban Bullet, I thought it was worth trying. What have I got to lose besides a few dollars. So as always, I paired this cigar with water, and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $3.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The shiny wrapper had small veins and a rugged, bumpy look to it. The smell coming off of the wrapper and foot were earthy, almost a mild compost. The cigar was well packed, and had a hard spot here and there. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, and had a mild earthy flavor.

The ash held for about an inch, and the burn required one minor correction. There was plenty of smoke volume. Clouds of smoke billowed for the entire cigar.

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The first third had a simple yet decent flavor profile. Up first was a earthy and somewhat woody flavor. I also detected subtle notes of sweet bitterness. It was like the subtle bitterness you get in the aftertaste of chocolate. Through the nose I found a mild pepper with a slightly sweet, maduro-ish finish.

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The second third had an increase of that maduro-ish sweetness. It bordered on being dry cocoa. Like before, there was earthiness with subtle woody notes. The flavor didn’t change when passing smoke through the nose. A mild peppery, sweet spice is the best I can describe it. There was that slight bitter finish present. I covered that in the previous third as well.

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The last third had virtually no change. The sweetness picked up in strength, but otherwise things held steady and consistent. Copy and paste my comments from the second third here.

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This was a decent medium bodied cigar. It was pretty much what I expected. A fairly simple, one dimensional cigar with no WOW factor. For you picky bastards who demand a complex flavor profile, this cigar isn’t for you. If you are looking for a decent cigar at a reasonable price, you may want to give this a chance.

The Perdomo Factory Tour Uncut

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

What is this, no cigar review today? I know, Friday I usually post a review, but as we all know, there are exceptions. I think this DVD release from Perdomo is worth mentioning.


While Perdomo cigars receive mixed reviews in the blogosphere just like anything else, I find myself smoking the Champagne quite often in the morning. They have quite a few blends that can appeal to a wide variety of cigar smokers. But this DVD goes beyond that…


Any cigar smoker, or anyone interested in cigars, will find this DVD educational. Hosted by Nick Perdomo, he starts in the tobacco fields of Nicaragua and goes through every step of making a cigar. By the time you get to the last DVD, he is showing you their process of making cigar boxes.

I didn’t realize that Perdomo is a completely self contained business. They control every aspect of their product. Nick covers in detail every aspect, from seed to completed boxed product. Along the way he interviews family/employees and translates to English for you when needed.


Keep in mind this video’s purpose is to showcase the way Perdomo makes cigars. There is no fancy editing or production. What counts is the audio and video quality is good, and you get an intimate tour of all that is Perdomo. Even if you aren’t necessarily a Perdomo fan, I think it is worth a watch.

The package has four DVD’s, each running around 45 minutes. They really could have squeezed all the contend on to two DVD’s, not that it’s a big deal. I paid around $20.00 for my copy via their “Introductory price.” How long this price lasts I don’t know. I think it was worth it. If this interests you, go to Perdomo’s website and get your copy.

Perdomo Champagne Noir

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I’ve been a fan of the original Perdomo Champagne for years now. I frequently have one in the morning with coffee. When I found out there was a new version available, I had to get some. The Cuban seed maduro wrapper is aged in bourbon barrels. Other then that, I don’t have a lot of details on this cigar. What I care about is the flavor. So with a glass of water, I offer you my review.


Wrapper: Cuban seed maduro from Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Super Toro 6 x 60

Price: $6.85


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper had a smooth appearance, with no visible flaws. The smell off of the wrapper was earthy with a mild barnyard. The cigar was tightly and evenly packed. The pre-light draw was a little stiff, and had a musty, earthy flavor.

The ash held for well over an inch, and the burn required no corrections. The snug draw loosened up not long after lighting. I guess it had a knot towards the foot.

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The first third started off with a burnt cedar flavor. It was slightly earthy on the aftertaste. It didn’t take long for a dark espresso to take over the flavor profile. Through the nose I picked up pepper with a sweet finish. The smoke feel was dry and left me craving water.

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The second third continued with the dark coffee or espresso flavors. I could feel the bitterness of the coffee in the aftertaste. It may not sound good, but it was pleasant. It wasn’t like the harsh bitterness you can get from improperly made coffee. When passing smoke through the nose, I still got that classic Nicaraguan zing spice. In the background were subtle notes of dry cocoa. I found myself not feeling parched during this third as well.

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The last third: I know I’m repeating myself… Coffee still dominated the flavor profile. What did change was the cocoa. It mixed nicely with the dark coffee flavor and didn’t feel so dry. The spice had a peppery component with a nice zing, much like previous thirds.

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This was a good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. It differs greatly from it’s Connecticut wrapped counterpart. While the Noir would do just fine in the morning, I think it is geared towards an after lunch or even dinner smoke. Factor in the price, and I think Perdomo has a winner. If I had to complain… I hope they release this in smaller sizes for when you don’t have two hours to spend smoking.

Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I don’t know where I got today’s cigar. I probably picked it up at a random local shop, or Ed’s place. The name Lot 23 comes from the name of a tobacco field near the Perdomo factory. All the tobacco in this cigar is from this one field, or lot. As always, I paired this cigar with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder/Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Punta Gorda 5 x 60

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a toothy appearance and a few medium sized veins. When squeezing the cigar, I found it to be firmly and evenly packed. The odor coming off of the wrapper and foot was sweet and barnyardish. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, and had a dark, sweet taste.

The burn got a little wavy from time to time, but required no corrections. The ash held for over an inch.



The first third had a nice dominant coffee flavor. Passing smoke through the nose, I found it to be pretty spicy with a sweet note. There were notes of wood and a sweetness that completed the flavor profile.


The second third saw the introduction of a dry chocolaty flavor. It wasn’t the melt in your mouth chocolate. I’d compare it more to the dry powered stuff you put in milk. The spice was still present, and had a tinge of sweetness and wood. Like before, coffee was strong and was the dominant flavor.


In the last third, I hit the taper of the torpedo shape. The coffee was still the dominant flavor, and the spice began to leave a coating on the lips with a slight tingle. The chocolate went back to being more of a sweet note. Basically the same core flavors, coffee, sweetness, spice, and woody notes were there all along. The only difference is they mixed and mingled together differently. The intensity of the flavors changed from time to time, if that makes sense.



This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. Sure, the flavors were common, and they didn’t switch up a lot. But they were enjoyable, and I never got a bad or harsh note. I used to smoke these all the time when I first started smoking cigars, and it was nice to re-visit it. If you haven’t tried the Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro, I think it is worth it.

Perdomo Cuban Bullet Version 2.0

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

John, the local Perdomo rep was at Ed’s shop to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of St. Pete Cigars. He was nice enough to hand out a lot of cigars, including what I am reviewing today. The Cuban Bullet was cancelled in 2007. It is now back, hence the “Version 2.0” written on the band. The cigar comes in 3 different wrapper variations and four sizes. As always, I paired this cigar with water. Here’s what I found…


Wrapper: Cuban seed

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $3.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The tan wrapper had a nice appearance with small to medium sized veins. The odor of the wrapper was earthy/soily, and the foot had earth with a mild pepper. The pre-light draw was good, with some resistance. The pre-light taste was earthy and dark tasting natural tobacco. Overall the cigar was evenly and solidly packed with tobacco, with barely a soft or hard spot.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for about an inch.



First third: Earthiness was the dominant flavor. When passing smoke through the nose, there were smooth peppery notes. As time went on the smoke became smoother and maybe a little creamy.


There were no major changes in flavor during the second third. The smoke feel may have become a little thicker and creamier, and there was a woody component added to the earthiness. I can appreciate a simple flavor profile as long as it’s good, so let’s see how the last third went.


The last third had a dominant woody flavor. The earthiness was there but fell back in strength. The pepper kept a little punch, but had a sweet tinge to it. Life before, the smoke feel was somewhat thick and creamy.



This was a decent medium bodied cigar. You picky bastards may not care for it’s simple flavor profile. Factor in the price and I think it’s easily is worth it. For the budget minded, I could see adding this to your daily rotation. Give it a try.

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