Aniversario No. 3, 6 x 50
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
|Cigar age||0 yr. 6.6 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Davidoff Colorado Claro cigars are part of a rare series produced in very small quantities. While it was originally released in 2002, it wasn’t widely available until it was re-released in late 2009.
The Colorado Claro is a limited edition line that uses the same Dominican blend as the Davidoff Special Series, but it differs by featuring a very special wrapper.
The distinguishing feature of this cigar is the dark and seductive, reddish-brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a much stronger flavor profile. The sun-grown wrapper is rare and only a select few of these leaves meet the standard for this particular cigar.
Described by Davidoff as being Cubanesque in flavor, the Colorado Claro lends itself to a more intense flavor profile. The cigar is made at the Davidoff factory in the Dominican Republic and the tobaccos can come from up to four different harvest years.
The Colorado Claro series of cigars has been produced in very small quantities for cigar enthusiasts and aficionados who seek an exceptional taste experience, but shipments to retailers have been, and continue to be, sparse.
The Davidoff Colorado Claro series expanded recently with the addition of a new size in the line. That new size will be the cigar I am reviewing, the 6-inch by 50 ring gauge Aniversario No. 3.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar came out of the gate with sugar and spice and everything nice. In other words, it displayed a good dose of natural tobacco sweetness and was supremely balanced, like any nice smoke should be. I also noted a spicy palate feel, some medium roast coffee and a little white pepper spice on the finish.
The retrohale was quintessential Davidoff, with musky, musty old cellar aromas and a fair share of wet forest. This is a savory stick with a great flavor profile and lots of action on the palate.
This Aniversario No. 3 displayed good performance, too, with a smooth draw and ample smoke production. The burn line was slightly meandering, but the ash held firm and overall I really couldn't have asked for a better-constructed stick.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half the Aniversario No. 3 continued its complexity and balance. The flavors were rich and spanned a wide array of nuance. The retrohale exuded vanilla notes and continued with a white pepper head rush. As in the first half, the performance was stellar all the way to the end.
The Colorado Claro by Davidoff is a great coffee cigar. It is meaty enough to stand up to pretty much any coffee blend and I think it would be great with scotch and/or a dry, aged rum, like Flor de Caña.
As with most Davidoff’s, the price matches their luxury lifestyle billing. The Colorado Claro will run you close to $20 per cigar. That may relegate this stick to smoke-only-on-occasion status, but regardless, this is one fine cigar and you owe it to yourself to try it.
I purchased a box of 10 of these cigars, which have been resting in my Aristocrat Mini cabinet humidor. This humidor keeps a constant humidity of 68%RH and the temperature varies somewhat with the season.
This is the first of two reviews on these sticks, which have been waiting their turn for 6 months and 23 days.
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