Cigar Review: Davidoff Yamasá

Cigar Review: Davidoff Yamasá

Davidoff AG
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Yamasá)
Binder: Dominican (San Vincente)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium-full
Price: $22.70

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Overall Rating: 9.4

Although it is not a region known for its tobacco, Davidoff has been growing cigar tobacco in the Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic for over 20 years, and have now decided to use the Yamasá leaf in the newest addition to the “black label” line. Master Blender Henke Kelner has put a lot of care into making this cigar turn out just right, doing everything from raising the pH of the soil in Davidoff’s Yamasá fields to having climate controlled storage for the tobacco to be stored and dried. The care taken in creating the Davidoff Yamasá shines through in all aspects of this great new regular production cigar from Davidoff AG.

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Pre-Light: Like all Davidoff cigars, the construction of the Yamasá is excellent, making for a beautiful looking cigar. Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic is not know for growing tobacco, and Davidoff spent years making the soil capable of growing the unique wrapper of this cigar. That wrapper has an interesting light brown coloration mixed has a slight Colorado-like hue, giving the wrapper a one of a kine copper or bronze color. The Davidoff “black label” and red secondary band really stand out against the Yamasá wrapper.

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There’s a noticeable leather scent to the wrapper of the Yamasá, along with an aroma that is reminiscent of wet spring leaves. From the unlit foot of the cigar there is a pleasing mix of cinnamon, graham cracker and pepper notes. The cold draw is not too tight and allows through cinnamon, grass, spice and subtle cedar flavors.

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Burn: Although it should be expected from Davidoff, the construction of the Yamasá is really something. The draw is perfect, and allows through tons of smoke. The cigar is even burning from start to finish. The cigar holds a nice looking ash, however it does have a tendancy to fall of unexpectedly, so ash frequently if you are wearing good clothing.

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Flavor: Flavors of leather, oak and white pepper are immediately present from the first puff of the Davidoff Yamasá. There is an awful lot of flavor to the Yamasá’s first third. Musty leather, white pepper, cedar, oak and wheat bread all mingle together on the palate. A unique shiitake mushroom note blends with white pepper on the retrohale. Towards the beginning of the second third of the Yamasá there is only the slightest note of Davidoff’s signature tanginess. Oak, leather and earth serve as the cigar’s core flavors, while mushrooms, wheat bread, white pepper and mild coffee notes are all present in various amounts in the second third of the Davidoff Yamasá. The interplay between the flavors throughout this cigar are quite wonderful, both on the palate and through the nose. During the transition to the final third of the Yamasá, the white pepper that has been present from the start of the cigar begins to morph into black pepper. The retrohale now is a mix of earth, nuts and mild pepper. There’s a mix of earth, leather, nuts, black pepper and mild coffee flavors the last through to the end of the final third of the Davidoff Yamasá.

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Overall: The care taken in every aspect of the Davidoff Yamasá is easily apparent when smoking the cigar. This is a cigar with a lot going for it. Obviously, the draw is great, smoke production is impressive and the burn is even. It is the flavor profile that really makes the Yamasá stand out; this is a very complex cigar with a plethora of flavors, ranging from typical notes like cedar and leather to more unique mushroom and wheat bread flavors. Full bodied enough for the veteran cigar enthusiast to enjoy, the Yamasá is one of those cigar that will also appeal to mild and medium bodied smokers looking for something different. If there is a downside to the Davidoff Yamasá, it is the high price point. (We do note take price into account into our Overall Rating of cigars.) The high price is surprising after the Davidoff Nicaragua and Escurio being priced under the $20 mark. I have always liked Davidoff cigars in general, and I find that I really enjoyed the Yamasá. Personally, I liked the cigar a lot more then last year’s Davidoff Escurio, and slightly more than the Davidoff Nicaragua.

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Pairing: The Yamasá is one of those cigars that pairs well with a wide variety of drink choices. I’d suggest trying it for the first time with a glass of water or sparkling water, in order to let the cigar’s complexity shine.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210