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Perdomo: Family Passion

Submitted by Alex on June 16, 2011 – 4:15 amNo Comment

Perdomo Cigars
Love to cigars runs in the Perdomo family. Founded by third generation cigar maker Nick Perdomo, Jr., the company traces back its ancestry to Havana where family patriarch Silvio Perdomo hand-rolled cigars for H. Upmann. His son, Nick Senior, followed his father’s profession and also became a cigar maker.
However, this family idyll was soon to be abruptly and tragically shattered. During the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Silvio Perdomo was imprisoned for three years by the opposition while his son Nick Senior was shot during a fight against the communists.
The family had to run from Cuba to feel safe and settled in the United States, any ties to cigar making left behind. It was Nicholas Perdomo Jr., Silvio’s grandson, who revived the connection of the Perdomo family to cigars. Like founders of many great companies, Nick Junior started the cigar making business in his garage while working as an air traffic controller at Miami International Airport at the same time.
What started out as a garage business in 1991 soon turned into a 2,000 people company. Tabacalera Perdomo’s cigar producing facility was moved from the garage to the second-largest cigar rolling facility in Nicaragua, nicknamed as “El Monstro”.
Five hundred workers inside this enormous facility hand roll 45,000 cigars a day. The leaves are sourced from Nicaraguan fields while the wrappers are imported from Cameroon and Indonesia to give each brand of cigars its particular taste and color.
The crowning achievement of Tabacalera Perdomo is the Edición de Silvio, the highest quality cigar brand named in honor of Silvio Perdomo, Nick grandfather. It is known that the tobacco that is used to create these cigars have been maturing in oak casks since 1997, though the exact blend of tobacco remains a family secret. Fifteen other brands of the company include the Perdomo Estate Vintage 1991, featuring fine, aged tobacco leaves with distinctive taste and aroma, Tabacalera’s most popular offering, the Perdomo Habano, the experimental Perdomo Lot 23 with an exquisite silky taste and the Perdomo Patriarch, honoring Nicholas Perdomo Sr. and combining three kinds of long leaf tobacco from the Nicaraguan regions known as the top spots for growing tobacco.
The manufacture is executed by the Perdomo family in the same way as cigar-making used to be dozens of years ago.

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