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Davidoff Special R – I’m back on my Davidoff kick! A few times a year I seem to get bitten by the Davidoff bug and just go all out. As you can see with this episode of Week in Smoke, Davidoff has a substantial showing. The Special R is probably my go-to cigar when it comes to Davidoff. Smooth, woodsy, buttery, nutty salty creaminess, slight spice, balance at it’s core, clean, signature Davidoff aroma and just an all-around delectable cigar.
Davidoff Millennium Blend Robusto – I recently sent a Davidoff Millennium Blend Lancero to Walt as a treat and I was happy to see him enjoy it. Like he described in his review, the Millennium Blend was heavy on the cedar notes with a subtle almost citrus like zing to it. Definitely a fuller bodied experience than the previous Special R.
Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 – The Aniversario to me seemed just a like a well aged, more mature version of the Davidoff Special Series (like the Special R above). Really clean finish with lots of subtleties that my palate isn’t refined enough to appreciate. Challenging cigar that I feel I’m doing it a disservice by saying its just a more mature Special R.
Davidoff Maduro T – The first and only? maduro cigar bearing the Davidoff name? Dry woodsy and a greenish taste that really didn’t do anything for me. The construction wasn’t up to par either with the cigar failing to stay lit for any meaningful amount of time. Ran my lighter dry of butane throughout the smoke. I didn’t get any distinguishable maduro characteristics and the signature Davidoff aroma was no where to be found. Lackluster experience is putting it mildly. Very disappointing.
Davidoff 2013 Year of The Snake – I was so excited to smoke another Year of The Snake again that I didn’t remember to snap a picture of it until it was too late. So I have to reuse a picture from last month. Like I said then, Davidoff is at their best when they are innovating. The Year of The Snake continues to impress me with it’s delicate, crisp and balanced with a great bouquet of floral aromas and a slight honey type sweetness and a peppery smokey woodiness that is rather unique, engaging and challenging.
Room101 Big Delicious – The band really says it all! Big! Delicious! I really haven’t been a fan of a lot Room101 releases since the original Room101 was released (I know I’m in the minority). I don’t know if Matt or Abe is mainly responsible for this blend but it is Big on Delicious! Take an old school Camacho Coyolar, sprinkle a little magical Davidoff ferry dust and you have a blend that hits every spot of your palate. Smooth, spicy, meaty, creamy…its like Prego, it’s in there! What a winner!
CAO Right Coast – First the shape has to go. The trapezoid size never works! It didn’t work for CAO under the previous regime and it didn’t work for Alec Bradley when he first released his Trilogy Series. Trapezoid shape plus a 6.75 x 72 size just makes for an awkward and slightly annoying cigar to cut and smoke. Once you get past those slightly awkward annoying parts, you have a powerhouse of a cigar that for $8 delivers one heck of a uppercut. Strong from beginning to end with an assortment of dark tobacco and mocha notes. Not for the faint of heart. You may need to double up on the blood pressure medicine.
Headley Grange Hermoso No. 4 – I wish I could tell you that Headley Grange has won me over. Honesty is the best policy right? Ever feel like you like the people behind a cigar more than you like one of the actual cigars they produce? That is where I am at with the Headley Grange. I love Jon, Mike and Wes. They are great people who I’m proud to call friends (and hope I still can if they read this) and they did a fantastic job with Four Kicks. I love Four Kicks! But for me Headley Grange feels like their version of the sophomore jinx. I’m still going to try all the other sizes to be fair, but right now, the Headley Grange just doesn’t do anything for me and it pains me to say that as I’m always cheering them on from my spot on the sidelines.
Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2 (Habana) – Thanks to Jonathan Drew for sending me this little morsel! Probably one of the most oily cigars I’ve touched. Similar to that Davidoff Anniversario this is another cigar that my palate probably isn’t mature or worthy enough to fully appreciate it but damn was it fun to smoke! Creamy with lots of heavy woody thick espresso notes that had a smooth but slight peppery finish. What? You could only send me one JD? =)
Illusione Rothechildes ~r~ – The latest from Dion and Illusione is the Rothechildes. Love the price point. Love the raw gritty inconsistent look. Love the dark, juicy flavor profile! Lots of traditional maduro flavors, dark gritty espresso, dark tobacco, slight spicy woodsiness with a endless syrupy finish. The Rothechildes is one impressive hombre! It was a pleasure to smoke.