One of the great things about 2GuysCigars.com is that we are an authorized Davidoff retailer. We get all the new Davidoff items, such as the Davidoff Art Edition and this is enough to make any fan of Davidoff such as myself, giddy.
The Art Edition from Davidoff features custom boxes created by artist Quisqueya Henríquez who explains in a video about the inspiration that led to the beautiful works of art.
There are two versions of the boxes, limited to 3,000 of each. The cigars inside are the same blend of an exquisitely rolled salomon. Sadly the affiliation that Davidoff has with artists might be in jeopardy due to restrictions being put on advertising of tobacco at Art Basel.
Cigar: Davidoff Art Edition
Size: 5 15/16 x 54
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Piloto Viso, San Vicente Mejorado Seco, Piloto Mejorado Seco, San Vicente, Mejorado Viso, Vicente Mejorado Viso
The Look: The Davidoff Art Edition features the classic Davidoff White Label with a secondary band that denotes the box art it came from. There is a slightly rustic feel and look to the wrapper which has a network of veins visible on the wrapper. None of which are too big thought and the cigar has a nice roll to it, with an average weight in the hand.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Davidoff Art Edition is different, while there is some of that trademark Henke Kelner barnyard notes it isn’t the focal point. The focal point is cream, much like the mixture of half-half and vanilla syrup that make up a cream soda. The aroma off the wrapper is a muted version of the cold draw notes.
Once the cigar is lit, it takes on some of those aforementioned Henke Kelner signature notes, but they remain in the background as there is a distinct cream taste that slowly fades as you work past the nipple of the perfecto tip and into the first third of the cigar. The remainder of the first third is a classic Davidoff experience, that is until the transition.
The second third of the cigar develops some of those creme soda like notes again with a touch of coffee thrown into the mix. As the coffee fades the cigar takes on a wood note that slowly surpasses the cream taste.
The last third of the cigar develops the slightest wisp of cinnamon that dissipated almost as quickly as it arrived with notes that remind me of vanilla and espresso as the cigar comes to a close leaving me completely satisfied.
The Burn: A lot of people I know stay away from a salomon because they complain of draw issues. And while for the post part they are a tight draw until you get past the tip, the Davidoff Art Edition has a great draw from the first light. Another issue some people have is that a salomon has burn issues, but most of the time I see this caused by user error. The Davidoff Art Edition had a great burn and a solid ash.
The Finish: Thankfully there have been some new Davidoff Limited Edition cigars which has allowed me to reconnect with this great company that produces outstanding cigars that are classics in every sense of the word. While I did enjoy the Davidoff Golden Band 2014 slight more as it was a little stronger, the Art Edition has some subtle nuances that make Davidoff new again while holding on to the classic profile that brought it here.