It’s been a long time since tobacco was grown in Florida, and now it is back to becoming a part of the industry thanks to a farm in Clermont. Today we review the limited edition Davidoff Florida Selection 2018 which features Florida Sun Grown tobacco in the filler.
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano 2000
Binder: Nicaragua Habano (Jalapa)
Filler: Dominican Republic (Yamasá Ligero, Piloto Visus and San Vicente Seco) Nicaragua (Estelí Visus), USA (Florida Sun Grown Seco)
The Look: If you walked by these boxes you would think it was the Davidoff Nicaragua as they come in the same black box has that blend. Even looking at the cigars in the box they have that appearance with the black label denoting Davidoff and the secondary gold band denoting Florida Selection. The Habano 2000 has a few significant veins and a nice amount of oil while the cigar has a nice weight to it and no voids of tobacco.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Davidoff Florida Selection 2018 is pretty nondescript. It took a couple of pulls for some subtle spice and dried fruit notes. The aroma off the foot of the cigar has some more fruit notes an a touch of wood. After we toast the cigar some notes of honey appear.
As I smoke the first third there are definitive notes of honey and oak with a subtle dried fruit. There have been also times when I’ve thought this would pair really well with a cognac. The retrohale of the cigar has that quintessential Davidoff profile of dry grass and barnyard notes.
The second third still has some notes that make it reminiscent of cognac with hints of caramel, dried fruit and an abundance of oak. Around the half way point the Florida Sun Grown tobacco becomes really clear giving this cigar a flavor profile that makes it different from any Davidoff I’ve tasted to date.
The final third sees notes of oak become dominant with a continued touch of honey and the cigar sees the introduction of some licorice that is especially noticeable on the retrohale and the finish.
The Finish: First let me state that I am not a fan of Florida tobacco. I admire the effort it takes to grow tobacco in Central Florida. But the cigars I’ve smoked that feature the tobacco had too much of a taste that I can only attribute to the tobacco. With that said, the Davidoff Florida Selection works for me. It’s toned back and better suited in this blend from Davidoff. There is a subtle sweetness and spice with some of that Florida Sun Grown component.
Prices: 29.99 / $299.00 (10 Count Box)