IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

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Stepping into the Perdomo booth at this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show elicited feelings of stepping into both the past and the future, without ever leaving the present. The booth is new, the first new booth in 21 years, Nick Perdomo proudly boasts. It’s a statement: bigger, better, and a commitment to be around through the turbulent times that the cigar industry is going through. It was well received, winning the best large booth award.

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With FDA regulation of the cigar industry here, Perdomo is digging into its extensive portfolio of pre-predicate date products and bringing them back to the forefront of its offerings. Meanwhile, a new addition to the 20th Anniversary line is being added, and Perdomo promises to pay whatever costs required to get it approved by FDA. Much like the company did with SCHIP taxes, Nick Perdomo says he will be meeting FDA regulations head-on.

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Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut

Perdomo’s well-received 20th Anniversary series gets a Connecticut wrapped edition, but it won’t be box pressed, as the wrapper is too delicate to undergo the process, making this the first round versions in the 20th Anniversary series, which debuted in 2012. While round, it comes in the same sizes as the Maduro and Sungrown Habano versions, which get a box press. For those wondering, there is a 25th Anniversary line in the works for 2017.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Churchill (7 x 56) — $10 (Box of 24, $240)
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Corona Gorda (6 1/2 x 48) — $7.75 (Box of 24, $186)
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Epicure (6 x 56) — $8.50 (Box of 24, $204)
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Gordo (6 x 60) — $8.67 (Box of 24, $208)
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Pyramid (6 1/2 x 60) — $10 (Box of 24, $240)
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto (5 x 56) — $8 (Box of 24, $192)
  • Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Torpedo (6 1/2 x 54) — $9 (Box of 24, $216)

Launch Date: Immediately following the trade show.

Production: Regular production

La Tradicion

Taking a step back in Perdomo’s history, La Tradicion brings back the same packaging the line used from 1994, well before the Feb. 15, 2007 predicate date. It returns in all four wrapper variations, Sungrown, Maduro, Cameroon and Golf–a Connecticut shade wrapped version–over Nicaraguan binder and filler.

  • La Tradicion B (6 x 54 belicoso) — $8 (Box of 25, $200)
  • La Tradicion C (7 x 54) — $8.25 (Box of 25, $206.26)
  • La Tradicion D (5 1/2 x 54 diadema) — $7.59 (Box of 25, $187.50)
  • La Tradicion E (6 x 54) — $7.75 (Box of 25, $193.76)
  • La Tradicion F (4 3/4 x 56 figurado) — $6.25 (Box of 25, $156.26)
  • La Tradicion Momentos (4 x 36) — $3.50 (Box of 50, $175)
  • La Tradicion P (5 1/2 x 55 perfecto) — $7.50 (Box of 25, $187.50)
  • La Tradicion PC (4 3/4 x 44) — $6 (Box of 25, $150)
  • La Tradicion ST (6 x 60 torpedo) — $8.75 (Box of 25, $218.72)
  • La Tradicion V (6 3/4 x 56) — $8.01 (Box of 25, $200.26)
  • La Tradicion X (7 x 54 torpedo) — $8.50 (Box of 25, $212.52)

Launch Date: Immediately after the trade show

Production: Regular production

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Perdomo²

The line of pressed cigars that dates back to the turn of the millennium returns to the front lines of Perdomo’s offerings, with seven sizes and several wrapper offerings as is the norm with Perdomo releases.

  • Perdomo² Descartes (7 x 56 Churchill)— $10 (Box of 24, $240)
  • Perdomo² Ecuacion (5 x 56 Robusto) — $8 (Box of 24, $192)
  • Perdomo² Entero (6 x 60 Gordo) — $9.50 (Box of 24, $228)
  • Perdomo² Exponente (6 1/2 x 48 Corona) — $7.75 (Box of 24, $186)
  • Perdomo² Milenerio (6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo) — $9 (Box of 24, $216)
  • Perdomo² Rhombus (6 x 56 Toro) — $8.50 (Box of 24, $204)
  • Perdomo² Torfecto (6 1/2 x 60 Pyramid) — $10 (Box of 24, $240)

Launch Date: Immediately after the trade show

Production: Regular production

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Perdomo Edición de Silvio

The company’s high end line gets new packaging and a price decrease, with some sizes reduced in price by 40-50%. For example, the Toro vitola drops $12.50, while the Torpedo goes to $13. It will be available in 25- and 50-count boxes, as well as five-count gift boxes.

  • Perdomo Edición de Silvio Double Corona (7 5/8 x 50) — $14 (Box of 50, $700; Box of 20, $280; Box of 5, $70)
  • Perdomo Edición de Silvio “Grovy” Toro (6 x 54) — $12.50 (Box of 50, $625; Box of 20, $250; Box of 5 Coffins, $62.50)
  • Perdomo Edición de Silvio “Keeney” Petit Corona (4 3/4 x 46) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Perdomo Edición de Silvio No. 2 Torpedo (6 1/8 x 54) —  $13 (Box of 50, $650; Box of 20, $260; Box of 5, $65)
  • Perdomo Edición de Silvio Robusto (5 x 54) — $12 (Box of 50, $600; Box of 20, $240; Box of 5, $60)
  • Perdomo Edición de Silvio Salomon (7 1/2 x 60) — $20 (Box of 24, $480, Box of 5 Coffins, $100)

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Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage

With Perdomo’s growth has come new techniques and technology for not only the production of cigars but the agricultural process needed to grow tobacco. The blend returns with a new formula and updated packaging using paper treated with a monofilament and aluminum for an incredibly distinct look. This current batch also marks the first usage of secos from Perdomo’s Finca Natalie farm in Estelí, Nicaragua. It will be released in Perdomo’s trio of wrapper options and several sizes.

  • Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Aristocrata (7 x 54) — $15.50 (Box of 20, $310)
  • Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Imperio (6 x 54) — $14.50 (Box of 20, $290; Box of 6 Coffins, $87)
  • Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Phantom (6 1/2 x 60) — $16 (Box of 20, $320)
  • Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Prestigio (6 1/2 x 54) — $15 (Box of 20, $300)
  • Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Regente (5 x 54) — $14 (Box of 20, $280; “Executive Collection” Box of 30, $420)

Launch Date: Immediately after the trade show

Production: Regular production

And as a bonus, here’s Nick Perdomo, Jr. playing the drums, something he did a few times each day of the show, including at the end of each day:

And the drums:

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