Cigar Review: Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro

Cigar Review: Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro

Davidoff A.G.
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Brazil (Cubra)
Filler: Brazil (Mata Fina & Cubra) & Dominican Republic
Size: 5 1/2 x 58
Strength: medium
Price: $17.90

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Overall Rating: 8.9

Expanding on the black label line that was started with the Davidoff Nicaragua, the company has added the Escurio. With a diverse use of tobacco, including an Ecuadorian wrapper, as well as Brazilian and Dominican fillers, the Davidoff Escurio is a departure for the company. The Brazilian binder and fillers add a unique sweetness to the Escurio that only seems to come from Brazilian tobacco.  Sold in boxes of twelve cigars, the Escurio is a regslar production release. Like the Nicaragua, the Davidoff Escurio is a cigar that will appeal to a wider range of cigar enthusiasts than the standard Davidoff fare. Still, like all Davidoff cigars, the Escurio has the air of timeless class and luxury that  one comes to expect from cigars that bear the company’s name.

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Pre-Light: Davidoff is one of the classiest brands of the market, and like all their cigars the Escurio has a beautiful presentation. The Davidoff Escurio is a unique looking cigar. The very oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has a brown coloring, and seems to occasionally look slighting orange and sometimes look slightly reddish. The cigar is very firm to the touch. There’s the expected Davidoff’s black and silver label, and a secondary silver band.

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The Ecuadorian wrapper of the Escurio has a very mellow wet wood and natural tobacco aroma. Sweet wood is the main aroma from the unlit for of the cigar, but there’s a wide variety of complex more mild secondary aromas such as dried fruit, tree bark, green tea leaf and coffee. The slightly firm cold draw allows through a pleasing sweetness, along with some subtle notes of spice, wood and chicken broth.

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Burn: The Escurio is fairly fast burning, so it’s definitely not a very long smoke. While the burn can look a bit wavy, it’s actually fairly even burning and never needs correction. A perfect draw allows through a good deal of flavorful white smoke. The Escrio holds a beautiful ash. There’s a pleasing floral cedar aroma to the burning cigar.

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Flavor: The Davidoff Escurio has a lot going on right from the start. There’s a mix of sweetness and spice that occurs immediately after lighting. Wood, sea salt, earth and just a hint of black pepper make for an interesting first third to the Escurio. On the retrohale, there are sweet wood and leather notes mixed with a bit of black pepper. The transition to second third sees white pepper become slightly more significant. Sweet wood, leather, salt and spice all mingle together with a very small amount of the tangy tobacco flavor that one expects from a Davidoff cigar. Occasional citrus notes come through from during the second third of the Davidoff Escurio. During the transition to the final third of the cigar, the sea salt really picks up in strength, and it is joined by a red pepper flavor. The Davidoff Escurio takes on a completely different character in the final third of the cigar. At this point in the cigar the retrohale has notes of cedar, red pepper and floral notes. Red pepper begins to build in intensity, and is soon joined by citrus, spice, cocoa, clove, earth and sweet floral notes that round out the flavors during the last third of the Escurio. The Davidoff Escurio is complex cigar that offers of a plethora of sweet and spicy flavors.

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Overall: The Davidoff Nicaragua was something so different and unexpected that it changed the way people thought about the Davidoff brand, the Escurio seems like an extension of that strategy. While not the game changer that the Nicaragua was, the Escurio is a great addition to the Davidoff Black Label line. It’s quite good, and has a fairly complex flavor profile. Fans of the Davidoff Nicaragua will be quite pleased with the Escurio. Those smokers who’ve shied away from the Davidoff brand, for one reason or another, should give the Escurio a try. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Davidoff cigars. I will definitely be adding the Davidoff Escurio to my rotation of high end cigars.

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Pairing: The Davidoff Escurio pairs very well with a fine cognac. I find the Camus Ile de Ré Double Matured or Camus Ile de Ré Cliffside Cellar cognacs will compliment the Escurio nicely. The scotch drinker will want to give the Oban 18, Glenfarclas 12 or Jura 10 Original a try.

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On a side note: While it’s not called the “Brazil” in the way of the Davidoff Nicaragua, the theme Brazilian theme is definitely strong. The use of Brazilian Mata Fina and Cubra tobacco definitely  justifies the theming of the cigar, but I feel like the chance to use a Brazilian wrapper leaf (which I’m a big fan of) was missed. Still, I’m glad to see Davidoff moving outside the Dominican Republic with its black label series. They do use Ecuadorian Connecticut on some of their cigars, but the Nicaragua and Escurio are rapid departures from the standard Davidoff fare.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)