Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Rooster Limited Edition 2017

Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Rooster Limited Edition 2017

Davidoff AG
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic (San Vincente Mejorado)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 3/4” x 50
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Price: $39.99

Overall Rating: 9.1

Back in 2012, Davidoff began making cigars to celebrate Chinese New Year with the launch of the Year of the Snake. With the Year of the Rooster 2017 Limited Edition, Davidoff adds it’s fifth cigar to the Chinese Zodiac series. A long thin figurado, the Year of the Rooster is a cigar that will likely be appreciated by fans of the previous cigars that Davidoff released in the line. With only 8,000 boxes of 10 cigars made, the Year of the Rooster will likely not be around forever, so it’s worth picking up while you still can.

Pre-Light: The Davidoff Year of the Rooster is a beautiful looking cigar, like most Davidoff products. The good looking figurado features the traditional Davidoff White Label band with a secondary burgundy colored Year of the Rooster band. While I’ve always liked the look of this Chinese Zodiac Series, the secondary band this year stands out more than in past years, while still maintaining a consistent look across the cigars in the collection. The wrapper itself has a medium brown, almost milk chocolate color to it. Smooth and free from major veins, the wrapper has a good amount of oil to it.

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper of the Davidoff YOTR has a very subtle aroma to it, but the closest thing to the wrapper’s scent is wet/musty wood. Due to the shape of the cigar there is little difference to the scent from the unlit foot, but there is a slight added sweetness. A decent cold draw allows through a mix of dried plum and citrus fruits, generic wood and a fair amount of sweetness.

Burn: The construction of the Year of the Rooster is top notch, like almost all Davidoff cigars. The cigar has a perfect draw, and allows through a good deal of smoke. The Davidoff YOTR is an even burning cigar, and hold its ash extremely well, only falling off when tapped into the ashtray.

Flavor: The Davidoff Year of the Rooster begins with a instant black pepper, that quickly mellows after a few puffs. Early on in the cigar there is a mix of natural tobacco, citrus, mellow black pepper and something that (despite sounding crazy) reminds me of popcorn. As the Year of the Rooster begins to get going there is a musty tanginess, characteristic of most Davidoff cigars, that is joined by cedar, pepper and citrus notes. The retrohale features a mix of white and black pepper, along with some cedar. As the cigar burns into the second third there is slight creaminess to the smoke coming from it, while there a mix of pepper, spice, cedar and very subtle citrus notes to the flavor profile. Towards the end of the second third of the Year of the Rooster some nutty notes join the mild pepper, cedar, subtle citrus and tanginess. Right at the transition to the final third of the cigar there is a final hint of citrus that soon dissolves into cedar and other wood notes.

Overall: Once again, Davidoff has done an impressive job with the latest addition to their Chinese Zodiac Series. The Davidoff Year of the Rooster, while not quite as impressive as the Year of the Monkey, is a very good cigar. The flavor profile is definitely different, with a surprising amount of pepper to it. The characteristic Davidoff mustiness blends well with the cigar’s pepper, cedar, citrus, spice and wood notes. As is to be expected from a Davidoff, the construction on the Year of the Rooster is great. On a whole, I very much liked this cigar, but I generally do like Davidoff’s products. The price, which we don’t take into account in our ratings, along with the cigar’s limited run (8,000 boxes of 10 cigars), makes this more of a special occasion cigar than something to smoke every day. I’d definitely recommend picking up some of the Davidoff Year of the Rooster while you can.

Pairing: I personally enjoyed smoking the Davidoff Year of the Rooster with a bottle of sparkling water, but it also goes very well with good fruity single malt, such as the Jura 10 Original.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)