Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4

Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 4 5/8 x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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I had this little cigar sitting in my humidor for over 3 years and decided it was time for a revisit. I used to enjoy this cigar, but I abandoned it because of its exorbitant price. It had been so long since I smoked one that I only vaguely remembered what it tasted like, but I found a short online review I did the last time I smoked one, which was 2 years ago. According to my review, I thought it was medium bodied and sweet with hints of honey. Here is what I think of it now...

Appearance : ★★★★☆
A nice looking cigar with a smooth Colorado Claro shade wrapper, but with an ugly cap. It had a pleasant toasted slightly sweet prelight smell.

Construction : ★★★★½
No complaints here.... The draw may have been a tough tight, but no big deal. Burn was perfect and it stayed lit very well.

Flavor : ★★½☆☆
This mild-medium bodied cigar was predominantly sweet with some cream, but the sweetness did not remind me of honey this time. The smoke had a nice smooth texture as well. However, it had an unappealing bitter/grassy/mushroom finish, which intensified as the cigar progressed. I don't know if this taste was a byproduct of the aging process or what, but I was more than ready for this short smoke to be over by the end.

Value : ★☆☆☆☆
This cigar retails for around $10 - $11, which is pretty ridiculous. If you want something that tastes like this, buy 2 Macanudos for the same price.

Overall Rating : ★★½☆☆
This was a disappointing experience. I don't smoke mild cigars too often, so perhaps I'm out of my realm of knowledge with this cigar, but I just don't see the attraction. The sweetness and creaminess were very pleasant, but I just couldn't get past the funk behind it. I don't plan on smoking another.

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6 Comments on “Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4”

  1. Jason, I agree with you on Davidoffs per se. They seem to have some interesting notes for a mild smoke but in my humble experience do not age well. I too, like you, have moved onto more interesting smokes.

  2. I have always wanted to try Davidoff but the price has kept me away. I am glad to see I am not missing too much. I will try them at some point but I am not in a hurry to.

  3. How do you measure the value of an experience? It’s different for each person. “Luxury” comes in many forms and includes so many facets of life–people, time, location, event, etc. We search for different experiences based on these facets.

    It’s important to remember that Davidoff ages it’s tobacco at least 3-4 years before it is used in rolling cigars. We recommend that you not wait to enjoy your purchase! *Personally*, I might age the Davidoff Millennium Blend and maybe the more robust Limited Edition offerings. It all depends on your taste preferences.

    Taste is so individual. I don’t presume to tell any of our customers what they will experience on their palette– other than outstanding balance. Each person’s ability to pick up the nuances of various tobaccos can be effected by so many factors– is it the first cigar of the day, what types of foods have been consumed, what beverage is being paired with it, etc.

    Here’s to The Good Life, whatever you may consider that to be!

    Best regards,
    Danielle Hawthorne
    Brand Manager- Davidoff/Zino Classic

  4. When I first read your review before posting, this is what I told myself – Jason “over-aged” the stick so it lost most of its flavor.

    Danielle seems to confirm it in her comment.

  5. I remember enjoying the GrandCru without any after funk, but the only place I’ve had them has been at lounges where the turnover must be high. Must be one case where ageing is bad.

  6. i’m smoking this cigar for the first time as we speak. i’m not a mild cigar guy by any means but this one exhibits quite a nice flavor without that “dankness” that alot of mild cigars tend to. not something i’d smoke regularly because its out of my price range and because the style of cigar isn’t usually what i prefer but it is a really enjoyable smoke.

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