Every once in a great while, there is a release from a company that is a complete 180 from what the company has done for many years that catches people's attention and is truly great. It does not happen often, but when it does you recognize it. You can say the same thing about a release that is a complete disaster when a company attempts a 180, the Damaso from Padron for example. But in terms of success, Davidoff has had that with the Davidoff Nicaragua. A blend like nothing else they have ever done, the Davidoff Nicaragua showed the world that Davidoff can make a great cigar with tobacco from farms that are not theirs and from a complete different country as well. Today I come back to that line in a new vitola. This March, the company will be releasing two new vitolas, both box pressed, and today I look at one of them, the Davidoff Nicaragua Box Press Toro.
Cigar: Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed Toro
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Binder: Habano from Jalapa
Filler: Ometepe, Condega and Estelí
Ring Gauge: 52
The cigar is pressed wonderfully and it has that perfect press in my opinion. It is not over-pressed, very industrial in appearance, but it is not too soft and round as well. The wrapper overall is applied perfectly and besides being nearly seamless, there are practically no veins present. The cap is applied perfectly and the coloring is of this light Colorado, between Natural and Colorado overall. The aroma on the foot is that of raisins, chocolate, hay and tobacco, and the wrapper is showing some cedar, tobacco, and barnyard.
The first third begins by showing some awesome Nicaraguan flavors and it has a nice Asian spice profile that is accompanied by some red pepper qualities. There is a nutty flavor profile with that and I am getting some hazelnut flavors out of that. It has some leather and barnyard flavors with that, and it has this creamy hay finish. It is filling overall, and I would classify the cigar as being full in body and flavors. The strength is around a medium-full level and it is a great smoking experience so far. The construction is top notch and it is producing an even burn line with a cool and easy draw. The ash is holding on firmly to the foot and it is a firm ash that has a nice charcoal coloring.
As I enter the second third, I find the flavor profile remains fairly similar to that of the first third, and it is a filling cigar. There is that great red pepper spice accompanied with some sweet spices, notes of cinnamon popping up, and it continues to deliver that earth, nutty and barnyard flavor. There is a smokiness on the finish, and it is showing that leather as well. The cigar continues to smoke at that full level for body and strength, and I would say the flavors are there as well. The construction remains top notch still and it has a great draw with a solid burn line. The ash is holding on firmly to the end, and it is keeping that charcoal color.
The final third shows some dialed down flavors of the first and second third but the cigar remains flavorful and more importantly balanced. There is a soft spice that is sweet and peppery and it is accompanied by those leather, earthy and nutty flavors. The finish is smooth and it has a nice toasty flavor there. The cigar smokes at a medium-full level for flavors, body and strength, and as I said earlier it is very balanced. I am getting a great draw to the end and it remains cools to the nub. The burn line is remaining sharp as well and the ash, charcoal gray in coloring, is holding on firmly to the end.
I have been a fan of the Davidoff Nicaragua line and each vitola has had something unique and positive to offer. The limited belicoso was fantastic with the Diadema and three original run vitolas released being solid as well. But, the new Nicaragua Box Press Toro is closer to the greatness of the Belicoso and is a treat. I have yet to have the robusto offering, but if it is anything like this we are in for good fortune. While the blend has been modified, pressing the tobacco does so much for the flavor profile and smoking experience. From beginning to end the flavors were consistent but balanced and complex. The construction was what you would expect from a Davidoff, great, and that is always a positive factor. I know I will gravitate towards this vitola more often than not now, and I think many more will as well. Davidoff has really shown what a lighter but very complex and elegant Nicaraguan puro can smoke like, and besides Dion with some Illusione blends, there are few that can deliver this quality. They have delivered balance to Nicaraguan puros that has been lacking from many for many years. It's the Davidoff expertise and elegance in a Nicaraguan puro. A box worthy offering, I give the Box Press Toro a 94.
Rating: 94 AKA "Box Purchase"