Davidoff released a new series called the 702 Series in February 2017. The 702 Series use a special Ecuadorian Habano wrapper grown exclusively for these cigars at the San Juan finca near Cotopaxi in Ecuador. The tobacco is a hybrid of 3 cuban seed habano tobaccos. The farm is set in the foothills of the Andes mountains with volcanic soil making the growing area rich with nutrients and covered by clouds most of the year. The wrapper replaces the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on several iconic Davidoff cigars, but the binder and filler of the cigars remain the same.
- Anniversario No. 3
- Entreacto (only available in Davidoff of Geneva flagship stores)
- No. 2 (only available in Davidoff of Geneva flagship stores)
- Special R
- Double R (US Exclusive)
- Special T (US Exclusive)
Today, I’m reviewing the Anniversario No. 3 thanks to The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS.
Anniversario No. 3 702 Series
- Wrapper: 702 Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Dominican
- Size: 6 x 50
- MSRP: $26.90
As you would expect from Davidoff the wrapper is exquisite. It is perfectly smooth with a chocolate brown color. The cap is perfectly applied which I clipped with my Colibri V-cutter. The draw is perfect with notes of brown sugar, hay and dates.
The cigar opens with notes of molasses, cocoa, nutmeg, dates and toast. The flavors are very rich and smooth. The cigar is smoking perfectly with a ton of smoke and it leaves a long finish on the palette. The flavors are getting sweeter and thicker, if that make sense, as the cigar nears the midpoint. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.
The second half picks up in sweetness. I’m still getting the molasses and cocoa notes, but I’m getting a sweet brown sugar and coffee notes as well. Nearing the end, the cigar started to get more spicy especially on the retrohale. The cigar is medium-full bodied now.
It’s amazing how difference changing the wrapper on a cigar changes the flavor of a cigar. This cigar doesn’t remind me much, if any, of the original Anniversario No. 3. I love this version as the cigar, to me, has even more depth and richness to it. The brown sugar, molasses, coffee and date flavors with the Davidoff profile is really nice. One I will be visiting over and over again. Davidoff has really been knocking these cigar releases out of the park with the Yamasa, Nicaragua and Chef’s Edition. The 702 Series is another stellar release that I’m very impressed with. Great flavor, great smoke, it’s all you can ask for in a cigar. I mean, it is a Davidoff after all.