At the 2016 IPCPR Davidoff continued redesigning and restructuring their portfolio across many lines. One of those lines is the Davidoff Signature which marries the Classic and Mille Series. Davidoff describes the line as, “The Davidoff Signature series represents Iconic Refinement by marrying the Classic and Mille Series. Timeless and elegant in every sense, the Signature blend allows fresh floral scents to mingle with earthy, woody notes, revealing a hint of sweetness that leaves a characteristically clean and creamy aftertaste. Having stood the test of time the Signature series represents the very essence of time beautifully filled.”
With all the packaging changes come from Davidoff and the brands they own the victory in the District Courts of DC will mean they would not have to file for substantial equivalence over design changes.
Cigar Review: Davidoff Signature Line
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 54
Cutter: Lotus Jaws
Lighter: Vertigo Twister
The Look: Packaged in slide top boxes, the Davidoff Signature is a thin cedar box consisting of two rows of cigars. Inside the Ecuador Sun Grown wrapper doesn’t look much different then a shade grown cigar. There is a thin network of veins present on the wrapper which has a nice amount of oils present as well. In the hand the cigar feels light, but it is firm with no soft spots. The cigar features a secondary band denoting Signature in addition to the classic white and gold Davidoff label.
The Notes: For me the one common dominator on most things Davidoff are the cold draw notes that are reminiscent of a barnyard. There are notes of hay, wood, and earth. The aroma off the foot and wrapper mimic these nuances as well.
Once the cigar is lit the Iconic Refinement known as Davidoff is on full display. There are notes of honey, earth, cedar and licorice all mingling together on the palate and retrohale only enhances things which is really important to get the full nuances of this cigar.
Moving on to the second third of the cigar the licorice notes become dominant and every now and then thee are some subtle hints of molasses. Until the half way point cedar remains in the background until they slide up to the front becoming the core note of the cigar. The retrohale of the Signature begins to provide a touch of pepper as well.
On the last third the cigar picks up notes of heavy earth with hints of hay and wheat. There is some cedar on the long finish while the aroma of the cigar is woodsy, the retrohale is a touch spicy to round things out.
The Burn: The 54 ring gauge Toro has a firm ash that held on for more than half of the cigar before I chose to roll it off into my ashtray. The perfect draw was accented by a thin combustion line that was slightly jagged, but even throughout the duration of the smoke. It remained lit from first light to last puff.
The Finish: I am always hesitant to purchase a Davidoff cigar because of the price tag attached to it. Each time I make the purchase I am not disappointed by the product delivered. The Davidoff Signature is an outstanding is cigar that would pair well with a nice single malt such as Oban.