Davidoff Escurio Gran Perfecto Cigar Review
In June of 2016, Davidoff Cigars announced a line extension for Escurio. The line would be getting a few new sizes including today’s review the Gran Perfecto. The cigar which is cut at the foot begins at a 50 ring gauge before opening up to a 61 ring, which is just short of 1″ in diameter. A ring gauge is based on 64/64 which would equal an inch, where a 50 ring gauge is 50/64 of an inch.
Cigar Review: Davidoff Escurio
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Brazil Cubra
Filler: Brazil Cubra, Brazil Mata Fina, Dominican Republic San Vicente, Dominican Republic Hybrid Olor/Piloto, Dominican Republic Piloto
Ring Gauge: 50 x 61
Vitola: Perfecto (Gran Perfecto)
The Look: Davidoff branding is built on simple elegance. The boxes are basic wood with a slide top that does not do the cigars any justice when sitting on the shelf of a humidor. One would expect a cigar of this caliber to be in a highly glossed vessel, but that would detract from the cigar itself. The Escurio features a primary band of black and silver, with a secondary band denoting Escurio. The dark chestnut color brown wrapper is seamless in its roll. Under close inspection the cigar is toothy and balanced in the hand with a hefty weight.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar offers up some notes of thick molasses and raisins. The cigar is all about the sweetness before bringing a flame to the tobacco. The foot of the cigar mimics the cold draw like a doppelgänger though it isn’t a carbon copy.
Once the cigar is lit the first notes of the cigar serves up some of the raisin and molasses from the cold draw but they are more in the background of this perfecto from Davidoff. The cigar has a primary note of licorice and oak, that both battle for supremacy. The retrohale of the cigar sees more licorice and a touch of earth.
Moving on the second third licorice notes remain dominant with elements of oak and earth. The sweetness experienced in the beginning has left leaving a gritty cigar that builds in strength. The retrohale of the cigar serves up some more licorice notes with an earthy aroma. The finish of the cigar grows in terms of duration.
As the Gran Perfecto Davidoff Escurio comes to a close the cigar is woody and earthy with a long drying finish. I found myself reaching for water often as the cigar concluded. It’s different than the other sizes of the line. It feels stronger in strength, and darker in terms of flavors.
The Finish: I’ve been a fan of Escurio sinces its original release. I was looking forward to the size as one of my favorite Davidoff cigars is the Short Perfecto. However, the cigar is considerably different then the rest of the line. My favorite remains the Robusto Tubo but I can see myself reaching for this again if I want something a little stronger.