“The Davidoff Chefs Edition 2018 doesn’t miss a beat. Once again Davidoff delivers a bolder cigar and a profile different than what Davidoff is known for.”
Binder: San Andres Negro
Filer: Dominican (Piloto Visus, Visus, Yamasá Visus, San Vicente Mejorado Ligero) and Nicaraguan (Estelí Visus)
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Toro: 6 x 54
Review: Davidoff Chefs Edition 2018 (11/7/18)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Company): 6 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Coming in at #9 is the Davidoff Chefs Edition 2019. This is the second blend released in the Chefs Edition series, and third year overall Davidoff has released an installment of the series.
The Davidoff Chefs Edition is a project that was launched in 2016. It’s a project that brings together the world of cigar making with the culinary arts. For this project, Davidoff brings together a group of leading chefs to collaborate with its blending team to produce a cigar. The first blend, the Davidoff Chefs Edition 2016, earned #4 Cigar of the Year honors in 2016, and was re-released the following year. The 2018 edition of the Davidoff Chefs Edition brings a new panel of chefs into the collaboration process, and features an all-new blend.
The Davidoff Chefs Edition 2018, gives Davidoff its third consecutive year in the top ten on the Countdown. The Davidoff Chefs Edition also gives Davidoff a third entry on the 2018 Countdown – tying Crowned Heads for the current lead.
The blend for the Davidoff Chefs Edition 2018 features a Dominican wrapper, a Mexican San Andres binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Chefs Edition 2018 comes in one size – a 6 x 54 Toro. The cigar itself is adorned with the commemorative Davidoff 50th anniversary band.
Davidoff Chefs Edition 2018 delivers notes of coffee, earth, fruit, cedar, and pepper. It’s a bolder cigar than your usual Davidoff White Label. This is a cigar that starts out medium strength and medium-bodied, but by the time the smoke finishes up, both attributes are in medium to full territory.
Toward the end of the Davidoff Chefs Edition 2018, the boldness of the cigar may surprise you. At the same time, the flavors are robust and enjoyable. It earns its place as a top ten cigar.
For details of the 2018 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2018 criteria.
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