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).
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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.
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.