2015 Year of the Sheep (Torpedo), 6.5 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
|Cigar age||0 yr. 9 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Starting in 2013, Davidoff Cigars introduced a highly exclusive Chinese Year of the Snake Limited Edition cigar. Since then, they have released the Year of the Horse and in 2015, the Year of the Sheep.
The inspiration for this exclusive edition was the Chinese zodiac sign of the Sheep. Belonging to the element of wood, the Sheep is a craftsman, an artist, a devotee of beauty, fashioning a world of harmony and aesthetic pleasure. This limited edition cigar is typical of Davidoff limited editions and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the finest of cigars.
Eight handmade cigars come in a gorgeous wooden box shaped and designed to reflect the aesthetic ornamentation of Chinese wooden architecture. The cigar is adorned with the traditional Davidoff top band and a red and gold secondary band, which displays the image of the Sheep.
The Year of the Sheep features an Ecuadorian wrapper and consists of a complex blend of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic.
Only 7,000 of the Davidoff Year of the Sheep 2015 Limited Edition boxes were made available to cigar aficionados at Appointed Merchants in the US.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar started with flavors of fresh cut hay, white pepper and a hint of raw nuts. Retrohaling added the characteristic Davidoff "musty old cellar" nuance.
The construction and burn, as is most often the case with Davidoff cigars, was spot on. The burn line was even, the ash was firm and well formed and the draw was smooth as silk. It is always a pleasure to smoke a perfectly constructed cigar and Davidoff’s usually fit that bill.
During the first half the cigar weighed in at light to medium in strength and medium in body and flavor. The spice left a notable imprint on my palate, which gave the cigar a rather lengthy finish.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Right at the halfway mark, I noted an unusual bitterness in the tobacco that was not cleared up by dry purging. So, I flame purged the foot, which was successful in sweetening up the flavors again.
The cigar displayed more complexity during the second half, even as the strength and body increased. The body and flavor ramped up to medium-full and the strength edged up to a solid medium.
Smoking any Davidoff cigars is a real pleasure, but the limited edition smokes always bring something special to the table. In this case, the wrapper and binder carried the strength and body of the smoke, while the filler blend contributed the complexity and burn characteristics.
Now, I wish I could say that every cigar smoker should rush out and buy one or two of these, but at a price of around $30 per stick, I can’t make that unconditional recommendation. However, if you have the cash to spare, you will be treated to a gem of a smoke. I see these aging gracefully over the first few years and I would recommend these along with most good blended whiskies and/or single malts.
Final verdict: If you have the cash to burn, buy a few of these and enjoy a sophisticated and delightful smoke.
Cigar Info Page » for Davidoff, Limited Edition
OTHER RECENT REVIEWS ON THIS SITE