Davidoff Buying Guide

October 2, 2020

Davidoff Buying Guide

When you think of Davidoff, there is one word that will continue to pop into your mind is luxury.  For over a century, the Davidoff brand has been seen as one of the finest manufacturers of premium cigars.  From the age and quality of the tobacco to the precision and care during the rolling process, to the near-perfect construction and consistency, there is a reason that Davidoff is seen as the pinnacle.

With such luxury and quality comes a slightly bigger price tag, and as a new smoker, this might seem intimidating.  It’s tough to convince a new cigar smoker that the price is 100% worth it, especially when you can really only purchase them in boxes.  So, we decided to add Davidoff to our ever-expanding buying guide section.

Here we will go through some of the top Davidoff cigars.  Our mission here is to inform you of several of the lines and to show you which ones you should try first.  We usually omit any limited editions, our goal here is to focus on the core lines, the cigars that act as the foundation of Davidoff.

Davidoff Gran Cru

You cant start talking about Davidoff without first talking about the fabled White Label Series.  These were the first Dominican Davidoff’s made and they help set up the legendary reputation.  While there are quite a few cigars in the White Label series, it is the Gran Cru that really stands out.  This cigar set the standard for all Davidoff’s to follow it.  It is the quintessential example of the smooth, mellow, and flavor cigar of the high-end variety.

Hand-rolled with only the finest aged tobacco, the Gran Cru Is crafted with aged Dominican tobaccos for the filler and binder.  The cigar is then cloaked in a light brown, Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.  Rich coffee notes mix with a dash of vanilla, cedar, and a touch of floral hints.  The construction is perfect from start to finish. If you are looking to try out your first Davidoff, this is the one.

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Davidoff Millennium Blend Series

This is the cigar that really got me to fall in love with the brand.  While today, Davidoff has several medium to full-bodied offerings, the Millennium was their first crack at it.  It was a hit and, in my mind, remains one of their most balanced and flavorful offerings.  While by today’s standards, the Millennium is a solid medium body, at the time of its release it was one of the stronger Dominican cigars out there.

The rich body of the cigar is due to its use of aged Olor, Piloto, and San Vincente tobaccos from the Dominican Republic,  The wrapper is a specially grown dark leaf from Ecuador.  It is bursting with hints of dark coffee, pepper, leather, and a smooth slightly creamy finish.  This is the Davidoff for those of you who want to experience true flavor and balance.

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Davidoff Colorado Claro

This cigar is a great example of Davidoff thinking outside the box.  It is also a strange entry in the brand’s portfolio as it seems to fit into three categories: White Label, Black Label, and Limited Release. It has the flavor of a Black Label, the class of a White Label, and the release of something more limited.  Whatever brand you want to place it in it is an outstanding cigar with some unique great flavor.

Handcrafted in the DR, the Colorado Claro takes its name from the unique color of its wrapper.  This leaf is a special, Sun Grown Connecticut Ecuador wrapper.  This wrapper paired with a stunning combination of aged Dominican tobaccos gives it a rich profile.  Notes of nuts, earth, floral notes, a dash of pepper, and a touch of tobacco sweetness makes this an incredible cigar that needs more notoriety.

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Davidoff Yamasa

A few years ago, Davidoff began to branch out into more intense, fuller-bodied offerings.  They decided to put all of these releases under the same flag, and they became known as the Davidoff Black Label.  They started off with the Davidoff Nicaragua to showcase the brilliant tobaccos of that country.  The Davidoff Escurio was meant to represent a night in Rio while also using Brazilian tobaccos.  Then there is my personal favorite, the Davidoff Yamasa.

This complex, full-bodied gem is named for the region of the Dominican where its signature tobaccos are grown.  Yamasa is known for its rich soil, which has a reddish clay hue to it.  The result is a very complex smoke with notes of earth, leather, cinnamon, pepper, and some darker espresso notes.  This is a great example of the Black Label Series and the future of the Davidoff brand.

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Davidoff Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is the most iconic cigar smoker in history.  He was so influential in the industry that there is even a major size named after him, the Churchill.  To pay homage to the great war-time leader, Davidoff decided to re-blend and re-launch the Winston Churchill brand.  The result is not only one of their finest offerings,

The Winston Churchill is hand-rolled with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.  The wrapper is a slightly oily and flawless Ecuadorian Habano.  The result of this blend is an exquisite, master class in cigar blending.  It is rich and complex, intense yet restrained, flavorful yet subtle.  Notes of wood, peanuts, and a dash of sweet spice create what is one of my favorite cigars in the industry.

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Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour

In this amazing follow-up to the Winston Churchill, you have the strongest cigar in the Davidoff lineup.  Yet for all its strength, it is someone able to maintain that signature Davidoff balance and smoothness.  This cigar is not for the faint of heart, but for a true aficionado who can appreciate the flavors, tobaccos, and overall experience.

The cigar is rolled with a wide variety of aged tobaccos.  It uses Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, followed by a rich Mexican binder.  The finishing touch is a jet black Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper.  The tobaccos are also aged for an additional year in scotch barrels which enhances its flavor to new heights.  Notes of dark chocolate, spice, raisins, and oak combined for a smokey, full-bodied but outstanding experience.

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