Size: 3.75 x 46 Short Corona
Wrapper: Ten Year Old Habano Seed Nicaraguan Rosado
Binder and Filler: Nicaragua ( Esteli, Condega and Ometempe )
Price: ~ $14.00 usd each
Behind The Stick:
Within the cigar industry – there are only a few names that have transcended the expanse of time, countries, owners and farmers. One of those names which is not only respected and known but thriving, is the Davidoff company. While I am not going into the history of the cigar company but suffice to say with roots going all the way back to Cuba, this predominantly Dominican grown tobacco operated organization has started shifting gears it appears. While this is not the first cigar Davidoff that has produced with Nicaraguan tobacco but while the Maduro line contains Nicaraguan tobacco it is not a Nicaraguan puro such as this cigar. Containing viso from Esteli, Ligero from Condega, Viso from Ometepe and Ligero from Esteli while being wrapped in a Habano Seed Nicaraguan Rosado that has been aging for 10 years – it is hard to not get excited by this Nicaraguan Puro from an extensive Dominican portfolio. Coming in three different sizes, Short Corona (3.75 x 46), Robusto (5 x 50), and Toro (5.5 x 54) – for the short smoke fans of the world, the Davidoff Nicaragua may just be your cup of tea!
Rolled on the thighs of virgins… wait no thats another brand – but suffice to say the Davidoff Nicaragua looks gorgeous. Evenly packed from head to foot the wrapper just glistens with light oils off the Rosado wrapper. The head clipped easily and the foot lit like it had been waiting for it for years – that is about where the good stuff ends. I try my best not to bash a cigar and I did all the tricks – let it rest, dry box, different cut, etc but each and every one I tried had an issue burning. To say it pissed me off would be an under statement.
Right from the start, the rich and creamy aspects of the cigar not only became apparent but gracefully slaps you in the face. Dark chocolate notes mixed with this calming, smooth, rich and creamy smoke that carried hints of wood and leather while retaining that classic spice on the retrohale. The second third broke way to the ‘sweet spot’ in my opinion – an increased level of spice ( bordering on the pepper points ) while retaining the wood and leather mix in the foreground while the chocolate in the background started to make a slow transition towards a more earthy quality, some of the richness fading with this transition. The final third seems to purge one last time, giving a leather, vanilla, creamy, woody and natural tobacco mix that I wish I could describe in a better way – it truly was the ‘highlight’ of the smoke. After this purge, the cigar turned more bitter, the earth flavors taking over and slowly going bitter.
One of the main reasons I keep going back to Davidoff cigars – even with the high price – is that they are just damn good. Venturing away from the Dominican roots, this Nicaraguan puro caught my attention for a couple different reasons. Davidoff has solidified their stance in the market not because they flash a “lifestyle” but because their cigars really are that good. Whenever a company ventures astray of what their ‘norm’ is – you always will get the polar opposite “It was excellent” and “It was terrible” and while the Davidoff Nicaragua may fall into that category I think a lot of people are going to be right in the middle, for one reason – – Price.
For $14.00 USD I was able to enjoy 30-45 minutes of mixed joy. The cigar is small and fits a commute ride without problem but when I used the cigar for that purpose, some of the flavors were completely omitted as my attention was focused on other things. When I sat and focused on the flavors – bliss is an understatement but not always do we have the time or ability to devote that attention. Then we get into the burn – every single one ( over a month and a half time frame ) had some type of a burn issue… If I am pay this kind of money – I expect better. Did I enjoy the smoke? You damn right I did – will I go buy more? I dropped my 50 bucks on 4, enough for me. If your pockets can handle it I cannot recommend the Davidoff Nicaragua enough but if you are the ‘baller on a budget’ I’d find a single or a pair to say you’ve tried it but don’t expect to throw them in your normal rotation. Had this cigar been in the single digit price point – I would have bought boxes and boxes.
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory