Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary

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Cigar Details: Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary

  • Vitola: Diadema
  • Length: 8.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto Seco, San Vicente Seco and Olor Seco
  • Factory: Davidoff
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $38.00
  • Release Date: February 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Havana Phil’s

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Initial impressions are going to focus on the length of the Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary. After that, you’ll see the veiny, medium brown wrapper that has some darker freckles. The seams are very well blended and hardly noticeable. The head is finished off fairly well with three caps. The cigar has two bands, with the primary being the traditional white label design for the brand. The secondary band denotes the line and anniversary. The aroma from the wrapper and narrow foot are both a decently musty wood. The pre-light draw brings a mix of cedar and floral perfume.

Pre-light Experience

A massive diadema, the Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary has a wrapper that is Natural in coloring. It has this slightly faded brown color and it is consistent throughout. The veins from the leaf are present in sight and texture, and the leaf itself is oily to the touch. I am picking up an aroma of damp forest and countryside fields, and it is earthy and woody with notes of vegetation as well.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary is double banded, with the classic gold on white primary Davidoff band, and the ‘Ginza 10th Anniversary’ secondary band. The wrapper on the cigar is chocolate brown in color, and smooth in appearance. Aromas from the cigar include baked bread, sweet cedar and mild baking spices. From the tapered foot there is bread and cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary has a Colorado Maduro wrapper shade showing good oils in the light and on the fingertips. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a multi-layered wrap. Aromas from the wrapper give hay, cedar and black tea. Aromas from the foot tell the same as the wrapper plus a pungent white pepper spice. Cold draw gives mainly hay, cedar and saltine crackers.

First Third

The cigar begins with a smooth profile of cedar, mushroom mustiness and floral note. At an inch in, the flavor components are much more intertwined. The retrohale is primarily cedar with faint notes of mustiness and floral in the background. At an inch and a half, the fullness of the flavor profile has lessened a bit. At two inches in, the fullness picks back up. The third wraps up with the cedar and mushroom mustiness even and the floral note right behind. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some damp earth notes. I am picking up some mushroom and mineral qualities, and it is paired with some light pepper, hay, cream, wood and tobacco. There is this soft coffee and dark chocolate profile present as well, and the finish has a light pepper spice. It is a medium cigar in terms of strength and body, and nice flavors with that.

First Third

The first third begins with flavors of bread and cedar, with trailing baking spices into the post draw. Cinnamon, bread and cedar make up the retrohale. There’s a citrus flavor that is hanging out in the middle of the profile at a light strength level. Graham cracker joins the middle of the profile by the forty minute mark. Bread joins the middle of the profile with some slightly tannic cedar by the one hour and forty minute mark.

First Third

The first third’s profile starts with classic Davidoff hay and cedar. Past the “large nipple” is when the profile dramatically opens up. I immediately recognize a silky smooth and buttery mouthfeel with notes of roasted nuts, bread and subtle confectioners sugar. Retrohaling gives just the right amount of added spice in the form of baking spices and white pepper. The finish is quite long with lasting buttered toast. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cedar and mushroom mustiness stay even up front, followed closely by the floral note. The retrohale is musty cedar with light floral note. As the third comes to a close, the cedar and mushroom mustiness remain even up front while the floral note is now light in the background. The strength in this third remained at mild-medium.

Second Third

The second third continues to deliver those coffee and dark chocolate flavors, and with the cream from before it has this cafe mocha quality. I am still getting some hay and wood qualities as well, and the finish is that of tobacco and pepper. Like before, it is smoking around a medium level and that goes for body, strength and flavors

Second Third

The second third retrohale is sweet baking spices, with cedar that trails into the post draw. Fresh cedar falls into the middle of the profile as the second third settles in. Light plus earth joins the middle shortly after. Some time later, lingering earth joins the post draw.

Second Third

The second third gives greater depth of flavors. Still a very buttery and slick mouthfeel with roasted nuts, buttered bread and subtle confectioners sugar. I’m also getting a creamed coffee note. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the floral note is no longer present. The mushroom mustiness is now right behind the cedar, which is up front and has gained a light char. At a half inch in, the char increases a bit. The retrohale is now a musty general wood note. At an inch and a half in, the char increases a bit more and the cedar is now a general wood note. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is charred wood up front with light mustiness in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Final Third

The cigar has a great finish and it delivers a profile that is creamy and chocolaty. I am picking up subtle pepper and wood notes, earth as well, but it revolves around that creamy chocolate profile which is very enjoyable. The flavor profile is not direct or in your face, but soft and present throughout. Like before, the cigar smokes at a medium level in body, strength and flavors.

Final Third

Baking spices and cedar as the Ginza moves into the last third. Bread and cedar quickly move into the middle of the profile, with cedar taking up the post draw. Earth sits heavy on the palate by the halfway point.

Final Third

The final third is still good, just not fuller in depth of flavors as the second third. Still plenty of roasted nuts, buttered bread and powdered sugar to go around. Toward the final two inches or so, the profile is leaning slightly towards more baking spices and cedar. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on in two inch increments.

Burn

The burn and construction were very good from beginning to end. Davidoff burn and construction.

Burn

The burn starts out straight, with the ash falling just before the 2-1/2 inch mark. The Ginza goes out in the second third, requiring a re-light. Shortly after, there’s an offset burn requiring a touch-up.

Burn

Burn performance was very good. A slightly uneven burn made the rating just shy of perfect. Most important, I never had to use my lighter past the initial light.

Draw

The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with a smooth profile of cedar, mushroom mustiness and floral note and maintained it through the first two thirds. The final third saw the floral note drop out and char build throughout as the cedar transitioned to a general wood note. Construction was very good and strength was mild-medium most of the way. The Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary had an enjoyable flavor profile, albeit a linear one, through the first five and a half inches. The final third became average as the floral note dropped out and char joined in and built up. Having not smoked the original, I can’t say how they compare, but this experience was an enjoyable one. The length and price might be a bit of a deterrent, but if you’re a fan of Davidoff White Labels, you’re going to find something you like here. When I have the time, I’d be up for smoking this again on occasion.

Draw

The draw was spectacular from start to finish.

Overall

I was pleased with the Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary and thought it delivered a lovely profile. It is hard to keep a cigar of this size interesting from start to finish, but Davidoff was able to deliver a profile that was enjoyable and worthy of the time it took to smoke the cigar. It does not deliver an abundance of transitioning, but the core profile delivered is very enjoyable and complex enough to grab my attention. I loved the body and strength that is delivered with this cigar and it is something I would come back to when I am looking for something special and have a long time to smoke. I am not one to say this is a perfect cigar during a football game, but this would be perfect for a football game or a long sporting event. I wouldn’t smoke this while watching my Browns play, I would probably get too irritated and take it out on the cigar, but I would smoke this during a Sooners game. Unfortunately, Roger beats his opponents too fast to smoke this cigar during one of his matches. Also, when you look at the cost, what the cigar delivers and how large of a cigar it is, this is well priced. Construction was great from beginning to end, and overall, a solid release for Davidoff and happy they released it worldwide.

Draw

The draw has a slight amount of resistant to it, roughly 1 to 1-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary was overall a good cigar, with very good construction. There was a complex medley of flavors including bread, cedar, baking spices, cinnamon, citrus, graham cracker, tannins and earth. Given the price point, and the size, the appeal might be limited to the Davidoff smoking elite, or very special celebrations. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 49 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect, striking the ideal balance of resistance and air flow.

Overall

Buttery, oily, rich with roasted nuts, bread, subtle confectioners sugar and creamed coffee wrapped up in medium strength and body. This is what is required to be an excellent long smoking experience. This type of experience almost makes me believe a cigar is worth nearly $40. I enjoyed every bit of the Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary and I hope to experience it again someday.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$5.79

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$5.49

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$5.88

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.42

Cost/Point

$5.12

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