Size: 5.25” X 48
Wrapper: Sungrown Ecuadrian
Filler: Piloto Cubano, Dominican Olor and San Vincente
This cigar was one of the yearly limited editions produced by our Swiss friends over at Davidoff. This one happen to be from 2009 and I have to say that was a beautiful cigar! It displayed a gorgeous reddish wrapper that had a slight oily sheen and only one prominent vein that ran almost the entire length of the stick. The wrapper and foot gave off a great sweet tobacco aroma, and the prelight draw provided the perfect resistance and had a unique sweetness that I was unable to put my finger on immediately.
The first third produced that sweetness from the cold draw and I finally was able to get a grasp on what it was, Dark Cherries! This flavor was especially present on the retrohale. Additionally, the stick produced very well balanced leather and a slight pepper spice on the outside of my tongue. It should be noted that these flavors are incredibly crisp and defined, never competing but complimenting each other beautifully. At this point the draw was impeccable, but the burn was slightly jagged. This was definitely not enough to complain about but since it adorns that white and gold band it is worth mentioning.
The second third presented one major change to me, a very enjoyable citrus note came to the forefront. The rest of the flavors stayed present but they seemed to meld a little more and lost some of that crispness. But I have to say that the cherry sweetness and the citrus, that I would best describe as lime, complimented each other very nicely. At this point the burn completely corrected itself and created the razor sharp burn line you would expect from a Davidoff.
Finally, in the final third the pepper has disappeared completely and a little leather presented itself. I also have to say the stick started to get hot at this point and the smoke consequently got harsh. According to the way the cigar started I thought I would be burning my fingers for sure, but I had to pitch it with about 1.5” left.
As for my final thoughts I am reminded of something my football coach used to say. “it is better to finish strong than come out of the blocks like a racehorse and fade into the pack.” Unfortunately this cigar performed in the latter manner. It started out as a tremendous smoke, in fact if the first third simply continued through the entire smoke I would easily give this an Oasis rating. But seeing that it did not, paired with the $23-$26 price tag, I have to give it the rating of “try one.”