Finca Natalie, PERDOMO’s most prestigious farm, is named after Nick and Janine’s daughter. Located in Estelí Nicaragua, Finca Natalie has four curing barns, each holds 9,720,000 tobacco leaves in a growing season for a total of 38,880,000 leaves per year. Each leaf is harvested by hand.
PERDOMO protects every tobacco plant in a perfect greenhouse environment prior to transplanting them onto the farm. The roof of the greenhouse is made with a special material that blocks twenty five percent of the sun’s UV rays to help regulate the climate. The fine cloth walls allow airflow and keep out insects, airborne viruses, and molds from harming the young tobacco plants.
Before being transplanted on the farm, PERDOMO inspects every tobacco plant from top to bottom for the perfect color, posture, and most importantly, a healthy root system. PERDOMO controls the quality and consistency of blending every cigar by managing the complete life cycle of each tobacco plant.
Water Filtration & Drip Irrigation System
PERDOMO controls the exact amount of water and fertilizer each plant receives by using a custom water filtration and drip irrigation system. Using this level of technology guarantees each plant receives the proper nutrients while conserving the natural water resource on the farm.
Traditional Row Plowing with Oxen
PERDOMO uses traditional row plowing with oxen to aerate the soil, helping the tobacco plants to develop stronger roots and grow large, healthy leaves.
Stringing Tobacco in the Curing Barn
PERDOMO inspects each tobacco leaf before it is strung by hand onto the eucalyptus sticks that will hang in the curing barns. PERDOMO uses various color strings to identify the different primings harvested from each plot on the farm.
Hanging Tobacco in the Curing Barn
One of the ways PERDOMO controls the humidity and temperature in the curing barn is by properly spacing the sticks according to the size of the tobacco leaves. Each leaf will slowly lose its chlorophyll and cure naturally to the perfect color and texture. This process takes anywhere between 45 to 65 days depending on the size of the leaf.
Fermenting Tobacco in Pilón's
After the tobacco leaves are cured in the curing barns, PERDOMO ferments them in pilóns for a minimum of three years. Each pilón, weighing approximately 3,600 pounds, is reconstructed multiple times by hand throughout the fermentation process. PERDOMO monitors the humidity and temperature of each pilón daily making sure each tobacco leaf ferments naturally to the perfect color, texture, aroma, and flavor.
Inspecting Tobacco During Fermentation
With over seventy-five years of experience, tobacco legend Aristides Garcia leads a team of experts who inspect each tobacco leaf throughout the fermentation process. PERDOMO uses time-honored traditions to maintain consistency in each of its blends.
Bourbon Barrel Aging
PERDOMO uses bourbon barrels to age their tobaccos to the perfect color, texture, aroma, and flavor. The layers of char in the American white oak bourbon barrels help to caramelize the colors and flavors of these special tobaccos. This additional fermentation process guarantees that each leaf has a smooth taste and is bursting with rich flavors.
PERDOMO uses this custom-made system to help prepare the delicate wrapper tobaccos. As the wheels turn, the hands of tobacco open up and absorb the humidity. The slow rotation protects the wrappers from being damaged or bruised as they are humidified.
Making the Bunch
Every PERDOMO cigar is handcrafted using a blend of long filler tobaccos. PERDOMO trains each buncher to use their hands to control the exact placement of the seco, viso, and ligero leaves. The uniformity of these tobaccos in the bunch affects the flavor, draw, and burn of the cigar.
Every single PERDOMO cigar is draw tested for quality control to guarantee a perfect draw. PERDOMO inspects 100% of the daily production.
Rolling the Wrapper on the Bunch
After the bunch has been draw tested, the roller will trim the wrapper with a special blade know as a chaveta and then pass the wrapper over the bunch by hand. PERDOMO uses stainless steel cutting boards for cleanliness and accuracy.
Inspecting the Finished Cigars
Every finished PERDOMO cigar is hand checked for quality and consistency in the wrapper, cap, blend, and weight before being sent to the aging room. Every PERDOMO cigar is inspected 17 times before being shipped for distribution.
Filled with rich aromas from the finished cigars, the highly guarded PERDOMO aging rooms are humidity and temperature controlled. Every PERDOMO cigar is aged in these rooms for a minimum of six to eight months depending upon the type of wrapper. During this time, the flavors marry together to create the perfect cigar.
Banding Each Cigar
After being color sorted for each specific brand, every PERDOMO cigar is banded, wrapped with cellophane, and boxed by hand.