Like with any new cigar released by Davidoff, my palate perks up and immediate interest is gained. But with the release of the Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed line, I scratched my head a bit trying to understand the need for it, after the successful release of the original Davidoff Nicaragua. Even knowing the two cigars are different blends, why associate it with the “Nicaragua” name?
Both cigars yielded similar pre-light results. No big surprise here, as what we have come to expect from Davidoff is a well presented cigar. And to be frank, I don’t put much focus on the pre-light experience as I don’t believe there is a direct correlation between the pre-light aromas versus how the actual smoking experience will be. Also, I’ve had cigars that looked and smelled almost odorless and have been one of my all time favorites (and vice versa). So let’s just move on from here.
Both the Toro and the Robusto had tasty notes. The Robusto with it’s dry, bold and rich flavors of oily white pepper, hay, black coffee, sweet and creamy bread, charred wood and bitter roasted nuts was what I expected, and the cigar delivered just that. The Toro with its dry and earthy notes of refined graphite, dry black pepper spice, charred wood, bread, over-roasted/burnt nuts, baking spice, faint burnt sugar, saltiness and burnt caramel also delivered. In terms of strength and body, the Toro and Robusto provided overall medium plus strength and medium body (although the Robusto’s strength reached medium full faster than the Toro). In terms of construction, the difference was the poor burning performance of the Robusto. But since Aaron’s construction yielded no real issues, I will net this part out. The difference maker here is the boldness that the Robusto gave, whereas the Toro’s flavors were less full but more consistent.
Overall, there is no clear winner here. If you prefer a more consistent smoking experience, the Toro is your cigar. If you prefer bolder and deeper flavors (as well as strength), the Robusto is your cigar. For me, the Robusto’s thinner ring gauge shines more than the Toro, so that will be my buy. But both are worth the smoking experience.