Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Cubra (Brazil)
Filler: Cubra (Brazil), Mata Fina (Brazil), Olor (Dominican Republic), San Vicente (Dominican Republic)
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Price Range: $15-$19
Davidoff Escurio – Pleasure to meet you! This wonderful cigar arrived from Small Batch about two weeks ago, and I’ve been itching to review it ever since. The problem? The wrapper is cracked.
Now, I don’t believe this to be a shipping issue. Everything I’ve received from Small Batch has been wrapped tigher than Moses floating down the Nile. This particular package was bubble wrapped as if a pressure sensitive bomb was inside. Which, in hindsight, isn’t far off in cigar terms.
Anyway, it’s packed so tight at the foot that you can’t push the wrapper back together to try and ‘patch’ it. Also, if you’re taking score, the cap is what I’d consider sloppy from the Davidoff factory, yet probably more on par for other cigars. No biggie.
Learn more about the Davidoff Escurio
Davidoff notes this as a journey into Rhythm, Intrigue, and Originality. From their website:
A NIGHT IN RIO INSPIRES AN ADVENTURE IN TASTE
Inspired by Zino Davidoff’s pioneering spirit, we at Davidoff continue our mission to allow the modern aficionado to experience innovative, unique blends and unforgettable cigars. That mission led us to craft an exciting Brazilian cigar that delivers an intense, spicy sweet palate stimulation, coupled with the signature Davidoff refinement and sophistication.
We found our inspiration in Rio, the soul of Brazil, and in the rhythms, intrigue, and rich experiences of its nights. And, just like an adventurous evening in this vibrant city, this complex and original cigar will carry you along on a taste adventure with unexpected twists and turns. Allow us to introduce to you, the Davidoff Escurio. Rhythm. Intrigue. Originality.
View it directly from the source here.
Davidoff Escurio – First Impressions
I’m using a shallow V cut this time around, and the draw is spot on. I think it might be a little too easy for some folks, but it’s perfect for me. The wrapper gives off a soft aroma that’s hard to identify out here with a cold nose. Seems faintly like sweet hay.
I’ll be pairing this cigar today with a dark roasted coffee, Coke Zero, and good ole water.
Davidoff Escurio – First Third
Nuts, White/Red Pepper, Hay
After hitting it with the torch, I’m greeted with a roasted, nutty profile that’s amazingly smooth. A little white and red pepper are present in both the mouth and though the nose in a retrohale, yet it’s really well balanced. Sometimes it’s in the foreground and sometimes it’s in the background.
I’m really enjoying how the Davidoff Escurio is more of a fuller bodied cigar without the fuller strength attached to it. At this stage in the game it’s coming in around medium strength but the presence in the mouth is still full.
Around the 3/4 inch mark, the pepper is taking over with hay and woodsy notes rounding out the finish. This pepper is definitely lingering, but it’s also pleasant. So far the wrapper crack hasn’t been an issue and it’s almost over and done with.
The nuttiness of this cigar plays well off the spices, lending a little sweetness to the mix and really rounding out the experience.
Just before the official end of the first third, a rich ground coffee note develops regardless of the pairing. Very nice.
Davidoff Escurio – Second Third
Pepper, Barnyard, Oak, Leather
I dropped the ash like normal, and wow! Instant increase in strength. Pepper is the first thing that I notice, along with a sweet woodsy note and some barnyard flavors starting to mingle together. Initially I thought it was cedar trying to come through, but after a few more puffs it’s becoming stronger, deeper, more oaky than cedar.
The barnyard notes are most prominent when paired with coffee. I’m assuming it’s a transition from the hay previously mentioned, but I’m not flavor wheel expert – I just report what my senses tell me. At times I’ll also pick up a leathery puff or two. Probably fitting just a combination of everything working together to form that overall barnyard combo.
Know what I’m really impressed about in the second third? How smooth this cigar is! I’m assuming all Davidoffs are ridiculously smooth, but to be able to retrohale a full bodied, medium-full strength cigar of this magnitude as often as I like is just plain awesome.
Speaking of which, in the retrohale there’s something smoky, meaty, and sort of like pulled pork going on. Sign me up!
Davidoff Escurio – Last Third
Rich coffee, Cream, Smoked Paprika
Moving into the last third, Im picking up more coffee notes than before. The barnyard and pepper have mostly left us late in the second third.
The cigar itself is getting much softer in the last third, something most folks would call spongy. Doesn’t seem to be affecting the experience in the last though. In fact, it continues to remain a very dry smoke instead of an oily, wet smoke.
Some cigars have a generic coffee profile, some have a medium or dark roast, and only one other has the same rich ground coffee experience that I’m getting out of this Escurio. It’s like grinding fresh coffee beans and smelling them first thing in the morning. Refreshing. Usually I don’t prefer coffee notes, but this time I’m really looking forward to every puff.
This robusto is handling the heat rather nicely also, and I’ve yet to have the slightest hint of bitterness creep up. Know what else is surprising? The burn has been relatively even and self-correcting even with the cracked wrapper.
Wow… the coffee just keeps developing further and becoming more sophisticated in the last third. Now there’s a subtle creaminess to it even as the flavors continue to build.
And, just as I close within the last inch or so, there’s an interesting baking spice breaking through the coffee. I’m not sure what it is, but reminds me of Smoked Paprika.
Worth the $$
Spongy Last Third
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