BACKGROUND: The Davidoff Maduro R was first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 172 on Sunday, June 7, 2009. Last week I revisited the last cigar in this batch.
The Davidoff Maduro the first maduro cigar from Davidoff. The Davidoff brand has been in the market since 1911. They originally produced only Cuban cigars, however in the early 1970's, Zino Davidoff became wearied of the poor quality of the cigars being manufactured in Cuba, so he commissioned Hendrik Kelner to make his cigars in the Dominican Republic. However, during all this time, never was a cigar made with a Maduro wrapper… until last year.
The Davidoff Maduro contains specially selected Dominican filler tobacco and a Dominican San Vicente binder used specifically to complement the unique flavor of the wrapper.
For many years, cigar enthusiasts have been requesting a Maduro from the Davidoff Company, but the company hesitated for several reasons, the most important of which was the fact that they couldn't find just the right wrapper for the job. The wrapper on the Davidoff Maduro is a dark, Cuban seed, Nicaraguan leaf sun-grown in the Jalapa Valley to create what has been called a 'natural maduro.'
Presented in boxes of 25 cigars, the Maduro R Robusto is currently the only shape available.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar started out with a deep earthy flavor of single malt scotch. It reminded me of an Islay single malt scotch with a bit of peat. There are also flavors of baker's cocoa and a bit of smoked wood. The retrohale revealed a smoky, cedar spice.
This is an interesting Maduro because it doesn't have what I would consider to be a traditional maduro flavor. The flavor profile is unique for a maduro. It does have some of the characteristic sweetness, but it also has tangy and woody notes and generally exhibits nuances that you don't often see in Maduro cigars. Maduro's can get a bit muddy in the flavor if their not balanced right. This one has great balance.
The construction is typical Davidoff. Great burn, great draw and the ash showed a brick-heavy firmness. As with most Davidoff's, it was a pleasure to smoke.
This cigar is full flavored and yet its moderate sweetness keeps it from becoming overpowering. This is a difficult cigar to recommend because I can't label it as a particular style so that you would know exactly what I am talking about. This is a unique Maduro that offers the earthy sweetness of many maduro's, but is also complex and displays nuances that you wouldn't see in most maduro's in the market.
The Davidoff Maduro is expensive at around $15-16 per stick, but as I've explained earlier, it's a Davidoff and the quality is at the highest levels. The Maduro R exhibits the essence of the Kelner philosophy of blending: the flavors are complex and interact with every part of one's palate. If you are a fan of Davidoff, you will love this maduro.
I recommend that you try the Davidoff Maduro, if you can afford one. This is not an every day smoke, but is certainly an occasion in and of itself.
This cigar has been stored in my Daniel Marshall 165 desktop humidor. The humidity stays a fairly constant 67-69%RH and the temperatures vary with the season.
This review cigar has been resting for just over a year. This is the second and final review in this series.
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