Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 42 x 129 mm (~5 in)
Box date : 1986
Price : 150 EUR / cigar
Before delving into the meat of this review, I must take the time to give an appreciative nod and a tip of the cap to Frederic of LCDH Knokke for dipping into his private stash to give me the opportunity to cross one of the few things remaining on my bucket list of things to accomplish before I leave this world— enjoying a technically and aesthetically perfect Cuban cigar. Originally released in 1969, this Davidoff remained un-banded until around 1980 and the line was completely discontinued in 1991, remaining amongst the best of the best during its entire release. One look and one glorious puff and you are hooked. Without qualification, this smoke was absolutely flawless in every respect. They just do not get any better than this.
Appearance : Rating:
Hand rolled in true Cuban style, this stick presented itself in a skin smooth dark brown wrapper with ZERO spines, ZERO “oiling”, ZERO blooms or mold spots, ZERO discoloration, ZERO visible flaws and a delightfully fresh aroma, especially given the cigar was almost 30 years old as of the writing of this review. From foot to head, this gem was a Marquis diamond. WOW!!
Construction : Rating:
This Davidoff had absolutely NO construction issues. None… Zip… Nada… PERIOD.
I took the trouble to light this smoke using the Puisais method of burning/lighting one end before cutting or puffing to burn off any impurities instead of sucking them into the body of the cigar, and the taste reward for the trouble was self-evident (more later). Davidoff Chateau Margaux was NOT stiff or tight, even considering its age. Lighting was effortless and there was absolutely ZERO constriction or resistance to the draw. Plumes of billowing white smoke followed, with a technically razor sharp PERFECT burn from one end to the other. No gopher holing, no canoeing, no inconsistencies or fluctuations in the burn from one end of the cigar to the other— ZERO—ZIP—NOTHING. Simply flawless.
Flavor : Rating:
The taste of this smoke was without equal in my 35-odd years of enjoying tobacco, even given the age of the stick. One would think after 30 years, the carcass of the cigar would be little more than dried out and tasteless crumbs. Not in this lifetime. The previous owner of this smoke took exquisite care to preserve the moisture, taste and integrity of the cigar, and the payoff at the end of the day was a 30 year old cigar that effortlessly packed just as much punch and flavor as any current day top tier Cuban smoke. The notes you pick up are only limited by your imagination.
Value : Rating:
You just cannot find this kind of quality at ANY cost. Bar none.
Overall Rating : Rating:
I can finally say with a straight face and conviction that I have found that “perfect” cigar. Another bucket list item checked off. Today is a GOOD day.