When would be a better time to enjoy a cigar than a Sunday afternoon after lunch at the steakhouse around the corner? There is no better time to sit down, relax and lighten a cigar and that is exactly what I did last Sunday. Since I had promised our valued readers to review the cigars contained in Davidoff’s selection of 9 premium cigars, I decided to smoke a Davidoff Grand Cru No. 2. The Grand Cru Series was launched 1946, when Zino Davidoff decided to market his own cigar brand; it is still one of the most prestigious product series in the Davidoff portfolio.
The Davidoff Grand Cru No. 2 is a larger corona-size cigar (14.2 cm) made with a higher share of Ligero tobacco from the upper part of the tobacco plant. This gives the cigar a stronger flavor, which is still very balanced and goes perfectly with a cup of strong, freshly brewed Italian-style espresso. The cigar is easy to light and burns down perfectly, offering consistent delight for 30 to 40 minutes without asking too much effort on the part of the smoker. If you don’t mind keeping the ash on the cigar, you may do so for almost the full duration of the smoke, but as I have recently learned, some gentlemen (Eric Deschodt and Philippe Morane, authors of “Cigars”, for example) may consider that to be poor manners.
This Davidoff cigar is a perfectly balanced cigar with a medium-strong flavor, probably too strong for a beginner, but a great pleasure for the experienced smoker. The price is fairly high, but I think it’s worth the money. Just looking at the perfectly made cigar (hand-made in the Dominican Republic) makes you smile and you will soon forget about the price whilst enjoying this masterpiece. If you’re still in doubt: finetobacco magazine has rated this cigar (“nobility among cigars” 02/2009) with 95/100 points.
CIGAR FACT SHEET
Origin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Colorado Claro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 142 mm
Ring : 43 (17 mm)
Price: US $ 14 (Germany € 13.50 )