For the past two year, Davidoff Cigars has left their "comfort zone" and released cigars that were not the "norm" when you thought of Davidoff. In no way have they lost or sacrificed anything that would make these cigars "not Davidoff releases," but instead have released cigars that have tapped into sources that Davidoff was not fully hitting before. This new policy of Davidoff began with the Davidoff Nicaragua, continued onwards with the re-branding and re-blending of the Winston Churchill, and the latest of these "modern" creations is the newly showcased Davidoff Escurio. The Escurio is a cigar that takes us on a journey to the South American country of Brazil, and it is a cigar that shows us what can be done when you make a blend with Dominican and Brazilian tobacco. Enough of the introductions though, let's take a look at the newly released Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro.
Cigar: Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Havana
Binder: Brazilian Cubra
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Brazilian Cubra, Dominican San Vincente, Dominican Piloto and Dominican hybrid Olor/Piloto Seco (All Brazilian tobacco is from the Recôncavo Basin in the Bahia state)
Length: 5 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 58
Vitola: Gran Toro
The cigar is large in appearance and in hand, and is finished with that great Davidoff black band. There is a solid cap placed on the cigar and it is a well rolled cigar. The cigar is firm in hand, and it has a nice marbled brown coloring, showing those light Colorado Maduro qualities. The wrapper gives off an aroma of hay, sweet spices, citrus and herbal qualities. The foot has that herbal, sweet spice, citrus and hay quality as well, and it is a lovely aroma.
The cigar has a great beginning and it is producing this wonderful sweet and rich flavor. You can get the Brazilian tobacco, and it is really enjoyable. There are some sweet spice notes present with that as well, and it is accompanied by some hay and citrus qualities. You can see the balance between the Dominican and Brazilian tobacco, and it is a lovely flavor profile. The flavors are around a medium level in my opinion, maybe medium-full, and it has a nice medium to medium-full strength and body level with that. The construction is absolutely perfect and it is producing a razor sharp burn line with a nice light gray ash on the end. The draw is smooth, producing a great amount of smoke, and the flavors are the focus.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and I am finding that the richness is growing and I am picking up this moist chocolate cake. There are those sweet spice notes present as well, and it is balanced with some of those tobacco, hay, wood and citrus qualities. It has a nice complexity and it is very balanced, showing the greatness of the Dominican and Brazilian tobacco. The construction remains top notch in this third and it is showing an even burn line with that solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw remains cool and there is a good amount of smoke produced with each puff. I would say the cigar has reached a medium-full level in this third, and that goes for flavors, body and strength.
The final third shows some more transitioning and it is giving off a nice tobacco, wood and hay quality that is the Dominican tobacco. There are some sweet spice and rich notes as well from the Brazilian tobacco, but it is not as dominant as it was in the second third. The chocolate cake notes from before are not as present in this third, but they can be picked up slightly. The cigar remains complex and balanced, and the transitioning throughout has been stellar. In terms of construction, the Davidoff Escurio is top notch and it is showing an even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The ash is holding on firmly to the end and there is a nice bit of smoke being produced with each draw. I smoke the cigar down to the nub, and to the end it is flavorful and balanced.
The Davidoff Escurio is an enjoyable new release from Davidoff and it is another one of the latest blends that can be seen as "non-traditional" for the company. It is a release that shows their skills with tobacco from any origin, and that they can blend a cigar that is not strictly or heavily revolved around Dominican tobacco. There are so many companies that revolve around certain tobacco, in particular tobacco from a certain country, and that limits them. Davidoff however is showing that no matter where the tobacco is from, they can use it in a blend and produce a great cigar. The Brazilian and Dominican tobacco did great in the blend, and with the flavors of the tobacco being so different, they complemented each other well and made a great cigar. I have always respected Davidoff for their part in the cigar industry, but in recent years they have gone down a new path that has opened up many doors for them and helped them reach a new level, making me respect them even more. Having smoked the whole line, I prefer the Robusto offering, but after that I would go with the Gran Robusto. It is a larger cigar, but nothing over the top. The Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro gets a hard 90 in my book, and I would recommend it to so many smokers. You can get this cigar in 4 pack boxes and boxes ranging from 12 to 14, and I like the options as a consumer when looking beyond purchasing a single cigar.
Cigars for this assessment were provided by Davidoff.