February 25, 2014
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$14 each
Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide, but typically they are known for their Dominican cigars. The Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto is described pretty clearly by its name—it’s a Nicaraguan puro, which is quite an unusual offering for Davidoff. The wrapper is ten-year-old Habano Seed Nicaraguan Rosado, while the binder comes from Jalapa Habano seed. Inside that is a filler blended out of tobacco from Esteli, Condega, and Ometepe.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
This cigar has a very light brown wrapper, almost a tan color. It’s incredibly smooth, and you won’t find a lot of veins here. It is firm to the touch, but not hard, and seems to be evenly constructed. The band is simple and elegant.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
The draw is perfect right from the very first puff, and the burn is almost completely even. It may not be a perfect burn, but it is close to it. No complaints about the construction whatsoever.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
This is a medium-bodied smoke with a delicious range of flavors and aromas. Starting out, it is creamy with some dark chocolate interspersed for balance, while in the backdrop there is something woody, possibly oak, and leather. Some spiciness starts to come through during the middle third with peppery notes. There seems to be some additional complexity with the spices, but nothing I can clearly identify. Leather and tobacco stand out during the final third, and the cream has come back to the surface. The wood note has remained steady throughout, and the chocolate also comes back into play at this point. The spices hang on through the finish.
Value : [rating:3.5/5]
This is an expensive stogie at around $14 a stick. I won’t deny it; it is too expensive to smoke with much regularity. But it does live up to my expectations, even at that high price point.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This is not an everyday smoke, but it is a wonderful stogie for special occasions. The medium-bodied flavor profile is delightful and very smooth, and provides for a delicious, languorous experience. Despite the high price, everything about this cigar is deeply satisfying—from the beautiful appearance, to the perfect construction, to the wonderful flavors and aromas. Davidoff has done well with their venture into Nicaraguan puros. Hopefully this signals the start of a new trend.
November 10, 2016
Have being trying a few short coronas in this blend. As ever, with Davidoff, quality and a decent smoke Vs price point!! As an occasional treat the short coronas are very good.
November 10, 2014
The Toro is probably the best of the bunch. My only complaint is that the flavors don’t really come out until the after the first third of the cigar. Still an awesome smoke regardless.
March 1, 2014
Agreed, cigar looks great and smokes perfectly….and expensive, bought a pack of four last weekend Zurich duty free, worked out at £10 per stick (just under $20!) only over the last couple of years on business trips to the US have I taken to smoking non Cuban cigars..the Jamie Garcia Especial and Limitada being amongst my favourites, to my mind this does not come close in terms of enjoyment, and compared to my current top smoke the Cain F Series 550 Ligero, does not even get out of the starting blocks. I have always thought that Davidoff cigars are not worth the money and from my point of view this latest offering does nothing to change that I am afraid.
February 25, 2014
Good review. I remember the last time you reviewed a Davidoff that you were not too happy with it.
I told you….you just got “the” bad one in the bunch.
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