Review: Davidoff Seleccion 702 Limited Edition

Davidoff has had an official Limited Edition release dating back 17 years. The most recent of those is the Davidoff Year of the Monkey Limited Edition 2016. Today we’re going all the way back to 2009 for the Davidoff Seleccion 702 Limited Edition. This came to me by way of a cigar bomb from my good friend Tim at Havana Controls.

As with almost all Davidoff Limited Editions, the Seleccion 702 was available in a single vitola, in this case a Toro Especial (6-5/8”x48 RG).

 

Vitola: Toro Especial (Churchill)

Size: 6-5/8” x 48 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $26.00 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Bomb from Tim at Havana Controls

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

“Although the Davidoff Seleccion 702 Limited Edition doesn’t undergo much in the way of profile changes, it is a phenomenal cigar from start to finish.”

 

 

 

Check out my audio review here:

http://podcast.cigarfederation.com/e/cigar-review-davidoff-seleccio...

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Surgeon’s Rating: 93 AKA “Box Split”

The nose on the Davidoff Seleccion 702 Limited Edition has lots of cedar on the wrapper with faint spices. I’m not getting anything else but cedar in the foot.

Using a single cut from my Xikar v-cutter I found the draw to have the ideal resistance.

Initial draws open with a Cuban-esque sweet twang finishing with a bit of hay. I get a significant amount of chocolate on the retrohale with some delayed pepper on the tongue. A very rich and creamy start to the cigar. As the first third evolves some light citrus with lingering leather between draws. There is some lingering dry cedar post draw as well. Several minutes later I’m also getting some faint spices on the post draw as well.I do get a background sourness and chlorophyll mixing in with the citrus but it’s very subtle. The cedar on the post draw starts to influence the main draw and retrohale at the 35 minute mark.

 

 

The Davidoff Seleccion 702 LE doesn’t undergo any other significant profile changes before moving into the middle third.

The cedar has fallen off and the chocolate becomes more of a cocoa with a thick mouthfeel as the middle third takes off. The cedar does come back to a light plus halfway through the middle third with a lingering dryness.

Going into the last third the profile is still a delightful creamy chocolate with hints of spice on the retrohale.

Although the Davidoff Seleccion 702 Limited Edition doesn’t undergo much in the way of profile changes, it is a phenomenal cigar from start to finish. I’m assuming the cigar has lost some strength after almost 7 years of aging, it would have been interesting to smoke this when it first released.

If you can get your hands on these, and your budget permits, I would definitely recommend treating yourself.

 

Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

When dealing with a cigar as nuanced as the Davidoff Seleccion 702 LE, you don’t want something overpoweringly sweet. I’d be hesitant to go for colas here, and instead I’d be thinking a light coffee, or a well aged rum.

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Comment by Jeff M. on March 22, 2016 at 7:48am

I'll have to put this one on the 'Special Occasion' list.

Comment by Charlie on March 22, 2016 at 10:50am

*Can I get a box split*

Comment by Jeff M. on March 22, 2016 at 11:03am

Yeah, but good luck finding them.  Maybe on OLH. LOL

Comment by Charlie on March 22, 2016 at 4:07pm

Yea my local Davidoff retailer is the place to find these aged/limited Davidoffs...I have found some very old cigars there...they always have LDF Flower Bands in stock and they have a massive collection of Davidoff...they aren't cheap though.

Comment by Sam C. on March 22, 2016 at 10:32pm
Great review! For those looking for a more readily available alternative, the AVO Classic Covers use 702 wrappers. I really enjoyed a Classic Covers Vol. 2 and both versions can be had for around half the MSRP.
I would love to try the Davidoff original from 2009.

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