Back in 2013 at the annual IPCPR event Davidoff announced that they were releasing a new line of cigars called the Davidoff Nicaragua line. The master blender for Davidoff is the famous Hendrik "Henke" Kelner and his goal for this lend was to add a new dimension to the traditional Davidoff flavor lineup. The team led by “Henke” searched the globe to find a tobacco flavor that was an approachable balance between bitter and sweet. A blend that creates a unique experience for the palate.
First impression: The Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto is beautiful! The wrapper is a deep coco brown with a red hue, and a delicate suede like softness. A hint of oil shines across the wrapper which has barely visible veins. The cigar is firm with no noticeable soft spots which is a testament to the Davidoff quality we all have come to expect. The classic white Davidoff band has been done in striking black complimented with a secondary band with a burnt orange ( A contemporary change to Davidoff’s usual traditional aesthetic). With a long, slow inhale at the foot of the cigar I get fresh grass, soft earthy minerals and wet moss. The cold inhale displays notes of sweet vanilla bean and hay, a classic flavor quality of high quality, Nicaragua tobacco.
First Third: After a proper toast and light, the draw is soft and a touch loose. The front end of this cigar is all sweet cream with a warm milky smoke. There is a hint of sweet cedar wood in the background. The burn starts evenly with a sharp burn line. The flavor is building, becoming more pronounced, far from overpowering. The smoke production is fantastic, creating huge plumes of chewy smoke. The ash however is incredibly flaky and soft, making a mess with even the slightest movement.
Second Third: I find that the cigar has settled into a nice balance. There is sweet cedar and cream on the front, with a soft espresso bitterness on the back end. The smoke rolling of the outer edge of the cigar is a soft blue that runs grey as it leaves the warmth of the cherry. There has been no pepper or spice yet, which doesn't disappoint me (Ya'll know I LIKE it spicy!) The lack of spice is unusual especially from a high quaility, Nicaraguan tobacco; in my humble opinion Henke rolls pure magic, so I almost don't care.. Burn line continues to be razor sharp and smoke production is fantastic!!
Final Third: As I roll into the final third of this vitola I discover that the sweet end of the palate starts diminish rapidly, the mineral and earthiness from earlier is now center stage. Smoke production has really turned for the worse. The smoke is a bit anemic at this point. The flavor has changed to roasted walnuts, however on the bitter side, which is not off putting, and stands as a nice contrast to the earlier see creaminess. Draw has remained slightly loose throughout, however the cigar has need very little in terms of touch ups.
Summary: The Davidoff Nicaragua line is a great adventure for the traditional Davidoff production. While I throughly enjoyed this cigar I couldn't tell what it reminds me of. If you are NOT a fan of Nicaraguan tobacco you should give this a try! It tastes nothing like a more traditional Nicaragua tobacco like a Padron. The burn and construction were near perfect and the wrapper is beautiful. The flavor is so unique, youjust have to sample it for yourself. I enjoyed the sweet, approachable cigar and on a fresh palate it was wonderful. While the flavor was enjoyable, the cigar lacks complexity, which in this case is not a negative. Score 89 of 100.
Cigar: Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto