Davidoff Puro d’Oro Delicioso

Davidoff Puro d'Oro Delicioso

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 4.875 x 43
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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What I love about Davidoff cigars is the fact that they are widely available. Sometimes it's good to be a huge transnational company! I don't get to find boutique cigars around here very often, but I have plenty of choice when it comes to Davidoff (+ Avo, and lately Camacho) smokes. So I wasn't at all surprised when I found the latest blend, Puro d'Oro, at my local shop. Thankfully the weather is getting better, which allowed me to enjoy this great-looking corona outdoors.

Appearance : ★★★★★
As usual, I'm impressed by the appearance. The foot band is extremely attractive with its gold embossed lettering mentioning the name of the cigar ("Delicioso"). The special wrapper, grown by Henrik Kelner & his team in the Yamasa region, is very smooth, exhaling a sour smell that every cigar smoker immediately recognizes.

Construction : ★★★★☆
The cigar is solid as a rock and I was a bit worried about the draw. Fortunately, it turned out to be very comfortable, producing considerable amounts of white thick smoke. After going through the first third, I was about to grant 5 stars for the construction, but the initially razor-sharp burn wandered a little when I crossed the half-mark. Furthermore, the ash was rather flaky and didn't hold for more than 1 inch.

Flavor : ★★★★☆
Puro d'Oro, released in 2010, is positioned as Davidoff's entry into full-bodied and powerful cigars. Indeed, the hellishly spicy pre-draw made me believe that I was going to deal with a powerhouse. I thought "bring it on" and put fire to the foot with my Z-plus. After a few pulls, it turned out there was not that much spice in it, after all. The first third has a basic array of flavors which include earth, spice and leather. The second third brings additional flavors of bitter chocolate, caramel and perhaps maple syrup. I also notice that there's a significant power increase. The finish is almost full-bodied, with interesting notes of dark wood and black pepper.

Value : ★★★☆☆
At $12 a pop, we're in line with other Davidoff's 'premium' offerings. I don't feel that the Delicioso is blatantly overpriced.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
IMO, this can be a nice change of pace for someone used to Davidoff's products. Good-looking, with interesting flavors, it certainly deserves a try. It seems like there's a considerable difference in taste depending on the vitola so I might try the Sublime (panatela) next to see whether this is true. What do you think about the Puro d'Oro?

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5 Comments on “Davidoff Puro d’Oro Delicioso”

  1. Nice review. I have smoked 3 of the Sublimes (4.5 X 38) and liked them so much I bought a box(10) of the Delicioso to see if there was a change in flavor. I’ve only had 2 of the Delicioso’s and both vitolas have pretty much the same flavor profile although the D’s have a longer smoke time. Full flavor/full body is what I would call them as well and I get almost all the flavors you mentioned. I always smoke these down as far as possible and love the flavor changes along the way.

  2. I first tried the Puro d’Oro line last spring at a Davidoff rollout event in Atlanta. Great smokes of all four sizes at the event. The Puro d’Oro is grown in the Yamasa valley of DR which is known for its red clay. If you’ve ever been in a brick foundry or warehouse, you will recall the unique smell of the cooked brick. Very pleasant, homey, earthy. Well to my surprise the taste of the Puro d’Oro replicates that red brick sensation in a very unique and pleasant way. In the past year, I’ve found the sublimes are the best overall value, followed by the next size, the Delicioso. The largest size, the Magnifico seems to have consistent problems with the wrapper coming undone and the Notables too but to a lesser extent. I highly recommend the Sublime and keep a few in my humidor.

  3. I will buy one this week, head to the golf course with it and let you know. By the way I would suggest getting a comment system people can log into via their facebook and twitter. Thiswill up the ante even further with your blog. Cya man!

  4. Thanks for your comments everyone.

    @Ross, I’ll put this on my to-do list. I need to see whether this can be integrated with the existing design, I don’t really want the comments section to look like Facebook (some mods that I saw result in that).

  5. Check out Disqus commenting system or intesendebate

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