Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition

Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition

Davidoff A.G.
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Rojiza Corte 3)
Binder: Mexico (San Andres)
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & Peru
Size: 6 1/2” x 50
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $34.00

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Overall Rating: 9.3

Today marks the start of Chinese New Year, so this seems an appropriate time to take a look at the latest installment of Davidoff’s limited editions themed for the Chinese zodiac. For 2016, though released late in 2015, the latest addition to the series is the Davidoff Year of the Monkey. With production limited to 3,000 boxes of 10, the Davidoff Year of the Monkey is sure to become a rare collector’s item.


Pre-Light: Like all Davidoff cigars, the Year of the Monkey is just a beautiful looking cigar. The Ecuadorian Rojiza Corte 3 wrapper is a leathery brown with a slight reddish Colorado tint to it., which emphasizes the red of the cigar’s secondary band. There’s a good amount of oil to the smooth wrapper of the cigar. A very ting pigtail finishes off the cigar’s cap.


Several mild aromatic notes can be detected from the cigar’s wrapper, including leather and cedar. Cedar, powdered cocoa and a yeasty bread note can be detected fro the unlit foot of the cigar. An easy cold draw allows through flavors of dried fruit, cedar, grass and leather.


Burn: The Davidoff Year of the Monkey is even burning throughout with a perfect draw, and I have come to expect nothing less than amazing construction from Davidoff. The ash falls from the Year of the Monkey without warning, so be sure to watch your clothes. There’s a nice floral aroma to the smoke that comes from the burning cigar.


Flavor: The Davidoff Year of the Monkey begins with notes of cedar, hay and mild white pepper. On the retrohale there is a good deal of cedar, herbal spice and white pepper. There is some interesting sweetness to the first third of Year of the Monkey. At the transition to the second third of the cigar some of the standard Davidoff tanginess makes an appearance. During the second third of the cigar there is a mix of cedar, leather, nuts, white pepper and just a hint of powdered cocoa and coffee. As the Year of the Monkey transitions into its final third there is an increase in the strength of the herbal spice notes. There are some mild coffee notes that briefly come to the forefront during the start of the last third of the cigar. Cedar, leather, spice, pepper and mild coffee remain the primary flavors throughout the final third of the Davidoff Year of the Monkey.


Overall: After several good, but not overly outstanding, Chinese zodiac themed limited editions, the Year of the Monkey is the cigar that the others in the series should have been. Of any release in the series, it is certainly the most complex. The interplay of cedar, pepper, spice, leather, cocoa and coffee notes makes this a very flavorful. Davidoff smokers will certainly find something in the Year of the Monkey to their liking, while a wide range of those who’ve yet to try a Davidoff will find this a cigar they can enjoy. Some will find the price point a bit much, but if you can afford it, the Davidoff Year of the Monkey is worth trying. Personally, I really enjoyed this year’s release, and have a box to save for smoking on special occasions with special people.


Pairing: The Davidoff Year of the Monkey pairs extremely well with a post-dinner cappuccino. Those looking for a good scotch to pair with this cigar will find the Glenfarlas 25, Macallan 18 or Balvenie 17 DoubleWood to be great choices.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)