Cigar Review: Davidoff Seleccion 702
According to the Davidoff website, The highlight of the year for Davidoff cigars is of course the Davidoff Limited Edition 2009. It radiates through an imposing and extraordinary format – a Toro Especial The subtly harmonized, more intense Piloto tobaccos are refined with the slightly smoother Olor and San Vicente from selected production areas. They result in an outstanding blend. The slightly oily texture of the wrapper awards the cigar with a shiny brillance. It reflects charming elegance, which is especially accentuated through the large format of the cigar. A perfect smoke indulgence – right from the first drag with decent notes of roasted coffee and cacao. In combination with the spicy blend the wrapper awards the Seleccion 702 – Sun Grown Ecuador of the Davidoff Limited Edition an indescribably, well-balanced and multi- faceted aroma.
Size: 6 5/8 x 48 (Corona)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The cigar features a clean looking sun grown wrapper that only has a few thin veins showing. Upon close inspection the wrapper had some poor cut lines but the cigar was rolled flawlessly. I’m not sure if this really bothers me though since the roll was exquisite, however I guess a bad hem can’t be accepted on a good suit, so I will deduct some points for this. There was an abundance of oils coming off this stick and that made it very attractive. The cigar features the classic looking Davidoff band with a secondary one denoting the cigar is the Seleccion 702.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): I am a firm believer that to truly enjoy a cigar one needs to go through the prelight ritual. This consists of smelling the foot, and taking a pull from the cigar prior to sparking it up. On this particular stick the foot offers some spices and some notes of oak while the draw offers the typical Davidoff notes of grass/straw/hay. The initial light of the cigar reveals some black pepper notes that slowly fade and mellow out revealing notes of cedar and earth with some light black pepper. As we approach the 2nd third the cigar takes on notes that remind me of a nice single malt scotch. There are some nice wood/oak notes here with some earth and spice making me wish I had a glass of Oban as I enjoyed this stick. As I smoke the final third of the cigar I am truly amazed by the oils on the wrapper. The final third of the cigar has notes of continued pepper with earth notes on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar burns nicely throughout. There was never any type of bad burn going on as this cigar smoked nice and slow. The ash which was a mixture of light and medium gray shades that did not hold on as strong as I had hoped, but there was no flake here. The draw was perfect. The one thing you don’t want on a cigar of this price range is a cigar that has to loose of a draw where it would smoke to fast. This cigar was perfect when it came to the draw.
Overall (23/25): This is the type of cigar you only smoke on a special occasion or if you are financially secure as it’s 26.00 price tag makes it tough to swallow. Despite this I plan to buy a few of these to keep on hand as the cigar was among the best I have ever smoked. I look forward to smoking one with a nice glass of single malt in front of the fireplace. The price prevents it from scoring higher in this section.