On one of my recent trips to Philadelphia we wrapped up the work day by heading over to Holt’s to grab a few smokes and head up to Mahogany to smoke them and sip on some fine single malt scotch. If you find yourself in Philadelphia these are stops any cigar smoker must make to complete the day. One cigar that caught my eye was today’s smoke. The Davidoff Short Perefecto used to be one of my favorite cigars before they switched the wrapper to an Ecuadorian Shade instead of the Connecticut wrapper they once used. To be this ruined a fine cigar and when I saw these I was intrigued enough to buy a few to review here today.
Cigar: Davidoff Puro Perfecto
Size: 4 7/8 x 49
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (19/20): This perfecto has one of the best rolls I have seen in the size. The roll is seamless, and the significant amount of veins just blend into the seams making it impossible to locate the lines. The cigar has some tooth to it as well and but no soft spots what so ever. The cigar is a classy looking perfecto right down to the traditional Davidoff band. One drawback is the band does not denote it to be a Puro Perfecto which makes it difficult to identify next to other Short Perfectos in the Davidoff line.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The pre-light draw is earthy, but there is also some spice to it which is a nice change from the regular short perfecto. The first third of the cigar offers nice notes of earth with some root like qualities and some wood . As we approach the second third the notes of wood really begin to take hold of the cigar overshadowing the hint of earth that remains. The final third returns to the earth notes with some spices on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar burned so straight and even and the medium gray ash held for more then half the cigar. The draw was flawless from the pre-light draw til the nub that remained when I put this baby down.
Overall (23/25): This cigar is close to the Davidoff Short Perfecto I fell in love with albeit it is slightly stronger then the original blend of the stick. This cigar was so good that I went out an ordered two boxes due to their limited availability. If you were a fan of Davidoff cigars before the wrapper change like myself then I suggest this cigar is for you.
Price: $145.00 a box of 10 at Famous