Last night in Miami the official launch for the Davidoff Escurio was held which follows on the heels of the Davidoff Nicaragua line. According to Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG, “Davidoff Escurio has been crafted for those who are in the mood to discover vibrant and intriguing experiences to fill their time beautifully. If time is one of life’s greatest luxuries, this cigar will fill it with excitement.”
The cigar features 5 different types of tobacco from three different countries and is available in three sizes. The Petit Robusto which measures 3.25 x 50 which will sell for $8.50; Robusto Tubos which is 4.5 x 50 and sells for $15.90 while today’s review the Gran Toro measures 5.5 x 58 and carries an MSRP of $17.90.
Cigar Review: Davidoff Escurio
Size: 5.5 x 58 (Gran Toro)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Brazil Cubra
Filler: Brazil Cubra, Brazil Mata Fina, Dominican Republic San Vincente, Dominican Republic Hybrid Olor/Piloto, Dominican Republic Piloto
The Look: A cocoa brown wrapper that is glistening with oils adorns the Brazil Escurio, The wrapper which has some thin veins is flawlessly rolled. Like the Nicaragua this stick features the black and silver band with a secondary one denoting Escurio. With three sizes to choose from that did nothing for me, I opted to go with the largest which is well packed and has no soft spots.
The Notes: The cigar has the typical Henke Kelner earthy notes of dew and barnyard from the San Vincente tobaccos. I was hoping that this cigar would be different, and at this point it is definitively Davidoff. The foot of the cigar serves up the same notes. The wrapper of the cigar has a subtle sweetness providing a glimmer of hope.
On the initial light there is some spice on the palate while through the nose it isn’t as potent. Despite the spice, the cigar is ridiculously smooth. About an inch into the cigar some incredibly defined notes of licorice appear and become the dominant note.
The second third of the cigar significantly changes things up with some complexity that to be honest is awesome. There is a sweet fruity note that almost likes juicy fruit that is contrasted by a dark hearty wood note. The finish of the cigar is slightly sweet with bitter leather accents.
The last third of the cigar changes up once again with the focal point of the cigar becoming oak and the spice experienced in the first third returns through the nose. There is a moderate finish of licorice with a spiciness on the lips.
The Burn: The Davidoff Oscurio started off with a slightly off-center burn that self corrected. The thick combustion line became thin as the burn became near perfect. The light color ash was firm and held for more than a third at a time. The draw was perfect and it remained lit right to the nub.
The Notes: Davidoff was nice enough to send samples of each size of this cigar that was a tale of two cities. The middle portion of the cigar was exceptional and so different from anything else on the market from Davidoff. If Davidoff was able to take the center third of the cigar and transition it into the whole cigar this cigar would be epic. However, with that said the Escurio is something that I would smoke again though I wish they would do something about the sizes. Flavorful, smooth and enjoyable this might just transition into a box purchase for me.