2013 Year of the Snake (Churchill), 7 x 48
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Hybrid 702 Sun Grown
|Cigar age||1 yr. 3.6 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This review is on the Year of the Snake Churchill, which was the 2013 Limited Edition smoke from Davidoff. The cigars have now been resting a total of 1 year, 3 months and 23 days. This is the second and final review.
Davidoff launched the 2013 "Year of the Snake” Edition cigars concurrent with the Chinese Year of the Snake. The sign of the snake is the sixth of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. The year 2013, beginning on February 10 and extending to the end of January 2014, is considered the Year of the Snake.
The tobacco for this cigar includes a filler blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano, San Vicente and Yamasá tobaccos. This blend is wrapped in a Dominican San Vicente Seco binder for good burning and aromatic characteristics. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Hybrid 702 Sun Grown, which is the same leaf that crowned one of my all time favorite Davidoff limited edition cigars, the 2009 Selección 702.
The red lacquered wooden box is octagon-shaped and sports a velvet lid liner. The box contains just eight cigars and comes in just one size, the 7-inch by 48 ring gauge Churchill.
TASTING NOTES: This 2013 Limited Edition from Davidoff started out with flavors of raw oats, medium roast coffee and white pepper spice on the palate with more white peppers, wheat toast and vanilla on the retrohale. Yep, it’s pretty complex from the get go. The cigar displayed a zesty, clean finish with just the right balance of natural tobacco sweetness.
The performance was solid. The draw was smooth and with just the right amount of resistance to allow plenty of thick, rich smoked to pass through. The burn line was slightly blistered and scalloped, but was otherwise even. The medium gray ash was deeply striated and yet firm enough to hold on for me to tap off in 1-inch chunks. Overall, I was very pleased with the construction and burn.
During the first half the cigar weighed in at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor.
FINAL THOUGHTS: As with a year ago, the Year of the Snake Churchill displayed great complexity and balance. And, as with a year ago, the flavors became more intense in the second half. I especially noted that the cigar ramped up considerably in natural tobacco sweetness and the finish was long and satisfying.
As for aging potential, I give these cigar high marks. The Year of the Snake should age gracefully for another 3-5 years, if not longer.
This is without a doubt a great smoke and a superb example of the Davidoff pedigree. But, as I said in my last review, the pricing causes me a bit of consternation. These cigars retail for around $28 per stick. By packing them in a box of 8 instead of 10, as is more typical, the company can hide the price hike because the overall box price is similar to that of other limited editions cigars. But the price per cigar is around $5 per stick higher than, say, the 2009 limited edition, which I thought was an even better smoke.
Final verdict: Buy and try for yourself and then decide whether the price is commensurate with the experience.
These cigars reside in their original box of 8 cigars. I have left the cellophane intact. As always, when they come that way, I leave them be.
I have the box stored in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The active humidification system is set at 68%RH and the temperatures are a moderate 65-72°F.
This is the second and final review of this 2013 limited edition, which has been resting for a total of 1 year, 3 months and 23 days in my humidor.
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