Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 29 April 2013

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altAn expensive limited edition cigar and a bundled cigar make up today’s reviews.  Keep reading to see how the Davidoff Year of the Snake and the Island Cigar Factory Maduro fared.

Davidoff Year of the Snake

The Chinese New Year kicked off on February 10, 2013, and Davidoff decided to release its Year of the Snake cigar to celebrate.  The snake is a Chinese zodiac sign that is supposedly the symbol for intelligence and profundity.  Beyond that symbolism, the snake depicted in a figure of eight is also quite popular as a decoration in Asia due to its symmetry and the notion that it carries the promise of infinity, luck, and material prosperity.  Those are some pretty deep meanings to associate with a cigar’s aura, but coming from a sophisticated company like Davidoff, it’s not too surprising.  The Davidoff Year of the Snake was limited to just 4,500 boxes of eight, so I feel fortunate to have my hands on one for this review.

The Davidoff Year of the Snake comes in a 7 x 48 Churchill format.  The cigar has a composition that begins with a filler blend of Dominican tobaccos. The binder is Ecuadorian, and the wrapper is as well, using special Ecuadorian 702 hybrid leaf.  The strength of the Year of the Snake is listed as being medium-bodied.

The Year of the Snake has a classy look, just as with most Davidoff cigars.  The cigar is long and thin and has a chocolate brown wrapper with a bit of a reddish hue.  The Year of the Snake has a little bit of oil on the surface and hardly any veins.  In fact, it’s as smooth as can be.  Two bands adorn the cigar’s body.  The top band is the typical Davidoff band that features the brand name over a white and gold color scheme.  The band beneath it is red and gold and displays the Year of the Snake moniker along with the depiction of a snake.  There’s a sweet, chocolaty aroma prior to lighting, while the cold taste is of cedar.

The Davidoff Year of the Snake lights with ease and offers a great draw.  Plenty of thick, cool smoke fills the air.  The burn is quite even and requires no touch-ups at all.  No re-lights are necessary.  The ash is firm and light gray in color.  All in all, the burn perfect.


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