Back in simpler times (2017 to be precise) our friends at Davidoff released the 702 Series, a “remix” of sorts on the brand’s most popular sizes. For the 702 series the Connecticut-seed wrapper typically used on these cigars was swapped out with a hybrid leaf known as the “702” created from three unique Cuban-seeds. In addition to the Frankenstein-like nature of its creation, this special leaf was grown in the profusely-rich volcanic soils of Davidoff’s San Juan farm in Ecuador, adding even more intrigue to its mystique. For today’s review I pulled out a sample of the Special R (4 7/8 x 50).
The cigar was damn pretty and had a strong aroma of fresh cedar coming from its wrapper. This crisp woodiness was also reflected in pre-light draws, along with some light pepper.
Smooth, warm cedar with a spicy black pepper/nutmeg combo on the finish was my introduction to the 702. I was getting satisfying dense plumes of smoke from every draw, and the profile became increasingly spicy during the first inch. Some mild caramel sweetness began to trickle in along with some gentle espresso notes, and base flavors of cedar shifted to a palate-coating earthiness as I approached the second 3rd.
At this point the cigar was begging for some coffee companionship, and so I obliged (shout-out to Cafe Bustelo). In return, the Special R offered up a dense wave of sweet cream as a token of appreciation. The cream passed, leaving a lingering impression in its wake, and some notes of oak and dark breadiness surfaced.
The final third saw the emergence of a waffle cone-like flavor and tones of walnut and white pepper. This was a unique bit of complexity, particularly for this late in the smoke.
The Davidoff Aniversario 702 Series Special R began with full body as promised – in terms of both actual strength and density of smoke. As its profile deepened in layers of flavor it simultaneously became more mellow in terms of smoothness and nicotine potency, which I noted as a great display of “balance”. A perfect transition and trade-off. All throughout the course of its effortless burn the 702 displayed interesting taste that smacked of the high-quality tobaccos we’ve come to expect from Davidoff. Though a little on the strong side, this cigar would be ideal for special occasions, including the forthcoming Father’s Day holiday (wink, nudge). This is what a bold smoke from the top shelf tastes like. Grab yours here.