Davidoff Puro D’Oro Notables

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DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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Launched back in late April of 2010, the Davidoff Puro D’Oro Series is credited to the famous Hendrik Kelner. According to the April 13, 2010 issue of Cigar Insider the wrapper leaves for these cigars are “grown in Yamasá, an area of the Dominican Republic north of the capital city of Santo Domingo and far from Santiago and its surrounding tobacco fields.” This cigar by far bears the darkest wrapper in the Davidoff Collection (minus the maduro line). Also, worth noting is that at that time the Puro D'Oro was the first new Davidoff release in more than 10 years (since then, the brand released many more new blends).

These cigars are available in four different vitolas: Magnificos 5 1/8 x 52 (review by Ed); Sublimes 4 ½ x 38; Deliciosos 4 7/8 x 43 (review by Inspector) and the Notables 5 5/8 x 46 which I am reviewing today.

The packaging is in the old Cuban style of slab boxes with 25 (cigar wheels) wrapped in a yellow silk band bearing the name Davidoff.

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I was able to pick up 2 boxes of 4 pack samplers from The Smoking Lamp, Charleston’s oldest cigar shop, while on vacation a couple of summers ago in Charleston, SC. If you’re still hunting for a nice gift for that family member cigar smoker, these mini 4 pack samplers would be a great idea for overall gift or stocking stuffer. I know I sure would enjoy opening up a pack of them!

On to the review…

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Short of being perfect the Davidoff Puro D’Oro Notables is covered in a wonderfully silky oily dark brown wrapper and is topped with one of the best pigtail caps I’ve ever seen (well done!). The pre-light smell is a deep cocoa and barnyard. The band is not in your typical “Davidoff” style but instead is a very simple solid gold footband with the name Notables imprinted on it. I actually like this as it makes you pay more attention to the actual cigar than the band. Lastly, the cold draw, which was loose and airy, contained sugary sweet accents on my palate.

Pre-light score: 9 pts.

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During the first third of the Davidoff Puro D’Oro Notables, the cigar produced copious amounts of dancing white smoke. The burn was impeccable and gave way to a glorious gray ash. Certainly was medium to full bodied from the get go. I noted tastes of vanilla bean with a meaty, hickory tone that covered my palate.

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Into the second third the cigar continued to perform great. The hickory notes became more direct and a pepper aspect was clearly present on the tongue. The burn and draw remained great through the second third and the cigar moved back in body to the medium range.

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The final third of my Davidoff Puro D’Oro Notables turned extremely meaty and heavy on the palate. Tastes were actually a bit charred and burnt tasting with the pepper notes lasting to the end. The burn and draw were outstanding through the entire smoke as I never had to pick up the lighter after the initial start.

Smoking score: 8 pts.

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Overall I classify this stick as an outstanding experience. I do wish some of the overall tasting notes would have offered more complexity however what was there was enjoyable. I certainly recommend this cigar and for those of you that are not typical Davidoff fans, go ahead and give this line a shot. It’s certainly not the standard mild to medium bland Davidoff’s some complain about.

Overall Experience score: 9 pts.

Davidoff Puro D’Oro Notables Rating

Pre-Light: 9 pts.
Smoking: 8 pts.
Overall Experience: 9 pts.

TOTAL: 26 pts.

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