The Davidoff Yamasa is a project that involves the Yamasa region in the Dominican Republic. Henke Kelner, Master Blender for Davidoff, decided to try his hand at growing tobacco in an area where all others had failed.
To date I’ve managed to smoke almost every single vitola available for the Yamasa. This is the second Pirámides I’ve smoked, so I feel like I have a great sense of the vitola performance at this point.
The Davidoff Yamasa Pirámides landed as #14 on my top cigars of 2016.
The Yamasa was released in 4 vitolas, as 14 count boxes; the Petit Churchill (4x48), Robusto (5x50), Toro (6x52), and the Pirámides (6-1/8x52).
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I used a v-cutter on the cap and found the draw to be perfect.
The Yamasa is very rich to start, like coffee cake. I’m tasting espresso, chocolate, some cinnamon and spices underneath that linger. The finish for each draw is quite clean, with a delayed earthy component about 5 – 10 seconds later. A lot sweeter on the retrohale with all of the flavors dialed up in intensity but surprisingly the spices are reduced in intensity.
As the first third settles in the spices settle down and the other flavors and spices start to mix in nicely with a bread flavor anchoring them all together.
As the first third starts to wind down, I get more post draw cinnamon and nutmeg with sweetness, cedar, earthiness and leather.
It’s clear from the first third the Davidoff Yamasa is not a cigar you want to smoke casually. The flavors are nuanced and run the entire strength range so you need to give this cigar your full attention.
During the transition from first third to middle third there is chocolate on the retrohale but it’s subdued at a medium minus strength level. There’s a subtle lemon sourness behind it, which is a note I tend to get quite often in Davidoff offerings. The sourness tends to supercharge some of the more subtle notes.
The flavor strength continues to fall as the Yamasa reaches the halfway point. The sourness is at a light level, moving towards a background note. The retrohale is largely comprised of spices, chocolate and that bread flavor from the first third.
Moving into the last third the flavor intensity starts to rise again, with the earthiness and leather notes taking the lead. Once the last third has settled in there’s a barbeque smoke quality entering into the fray.
The Davidoff Yamasa is an excellent offering from Davidoff that deserved a spot on my top cigars of 2016.
There’s no doubt that while all of the Yamasa vitolas are enjoyable, the Pirámides is the standout leader.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 54 minutes.