Cigar Review: Davidoff Series 702 Aniversario No. 3

Cigar Review: Davidoff Series 702 Aniversario No. 3

Davidoff AG
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (702)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: medium
Price: $26.90

Overall Rating: 9.2

Rarely does a specific tobacco attain a celebrity status of its own, but Davidoff’s proprietary Ecuadorian 702 wrapper is one such type of tobacco. The 702 wrapper has been a part of some amazing cigars, making its appearance with the Davidoff LE 2009 Seleccion 702, and then being included on legendary cigars like the Avo LE 2012 La Trompeta and Davidoff LE 2013 Year of the Snake. Davidoff has taken this impressive tobacco and used it in place of the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on seven of their core blends. Now the Davidoff 702 Series bring this wrapper into regular production, so that it is easily found at David White Label retailers. With the Davidoff 702 Series Aniversario No. 3, the company has created a great regular production cigar using this special hybrid wrapper.

Pre-Light: The Davidoff 702 Aniversario No. 3, like all Davidoff’s cigars, is a beautiful looking cigar. The white traditional Davidoff band and golden secondary band stand out nicely against the medium brown Ecuadorian 702 wrapper. Because it is somewhat darker and has a slight reddish tint to it, the 702 No. 3 is easily differentiated from the original Davidoff Aniversario No. 3.

There is a prominent cedar aroma to the 702 wrapper, while there are also some nut and pine scents also. The cigars foot features notes of pinecones, cedar, dried fruit, nuts and some mild spice. A good cold draw lets through plenty of air carrying flavors of pine, cedar, spice and a hint of grass.

Burn: Few company’s have mastered consistency of construction the way that Davidoff has, and the Davidoff 702 Series No. 3 is another example of their commitment to quality construction. The draw is near perfect, and allows through plenty of smoke. The cigars is very even burning, on the whole. (The cigar pictured is actually the worst burn I encountered on the 703 No. 3.)

Flavor: The Davidoff 702 Aniversario No. 3 begins with a fair amount of cedar once lit. Flavors of cedar, nuts and natural tobacco begin to form early in the first third of the cigar, while a subtle saltiness lingers on the tongue giving the 702 a mouth watering characteristic. Soon the “mustiness” that is typical of Davidoff cigars becomes part of the flavor profile. As the cigar burns into the second third there is a pleasant spice that becomes noticeable, while the cedar note becomes more pronounced. There is a pleasant blend of cedar and spice that is easily picked up through the nose on the retrohale. The main flavors of cedar and spice are perfectly balanced with nuts, pine, wet leaves, mustiness and heal notes during the second third of the cigar. The Davidoff 702 No. 3 continues into the final third with the main cedar and spice notes that were present in the second third. Toward the end of the last third of the cigar the mustiness begins to die down somewhat. Cedar, nuts and spice all occur through to the end of the cigar.

Overall: The original Davidoff Limited Edition 2009 Seleccion 702 is one of my all time favorite cigars, if not actually my favorite. The prospect of Davidoff creating a new series of cigars by replacing the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on their core line with their proprietary Ecuadorian 702 wrapper was something I never thought I’d see, but I’m glad I got to. The Davidoff 702 No. 3 is very good cigar, and exactly what I was hoping for from Davidoff. With a tad more strength than the original Davidoff Aniversario No. 3, the 702 Series No. 3 has a bit more strength to it, putting it in the solidly medium range. Though it may be a bit too much for the beginning cigar smoker, there is a wide variety of cigar enthusiasts that will find the Davidoff 702 No. 3 enjoyable. There’s a good depth and balance to the flavor profile. While the flavors present do not change too much, it is their relationship to each other that is what makes the 702 No. 3 so pleasant to smoke. Personally, I enjoyed the Davidoff 702 Series Aniversario No. 3 a lot. It’s a very good cigar, and fans of Davidoff cigar will surely find it familiar.

Pairing: When trying the Davidoff 702 Series No. 3 for the first time, I highly recommend doing so with a bottle of water of sparkling water. The 702 pairs well with a wide variety of beverages. Those looking to pair the Davidoff 702 Aniversario No. 3 with something stronger will find that the cigar pairs very well with a peaty single malt such as the Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Lagavulin 8, Laphroig Quarter Cask or Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt. A full bodied red wine will also compliment the 702 No. 3 nicely. Even a vodka tonic (without citrus juices) makes for a pleasant smoking experience with the 702.

On a side note: A lot of misinformation or “fake news” is floating around out there about the Davidoff 702 Series, so I thought it is was worth clarifying a few things for those who find this stuff interesting. The 702 wrapper is a proprietary hybrid wrapper grown for Davidoff at San Juan Finca. A hybrid of three kinds of Cuban Habano seeds, the Ecuadorian grown 702 wrapper is quite unique. The Davidoff 702 Series is not the same blend as the original Davidoff 2009 Seleccion 702. Each size of the 702 Series is a different unique blend, just like their core line also is. (Of those blends, I found the No. 3 and the Double R were the two most enjoyable.) The above review is of the Davidoff 702 Series Aniversario No. 3 only. Though the Seleccion 702 was the first use of the wrapper by Davidoff, it was not the only use of the wrapper which was also featured on the Davidoff LE 2013 Year of the Snake, Avo LE 2012 La Trumpeta, Avo LE 2015 Classic Covers Volume 1. Until now, the Ecuadorian 702 wrapper was only used on Limited Edition cigars.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210