Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Maduro Robusto

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Cigar Details: Davidoff Maduro Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Mexico
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Davidoff
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $50.00
  • Release Date: April 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Davidoff Maduro Robusto is medium brown with some decently raised veins and a water spot on the back. The seams are smooth while the cap is lumpy and has raised edges. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional white and gold design for the brand, while the secondary band is black and gold and denotes Maduro. The aroma from the wrapper is dusty earth along with some cedar, while the foot brings and even mix of earth and cedar. The pre-light draw brings dry, lightly musty cedar and dusty earth.
Seth: I had three Davidoff Maduro Robustos. Two of them were solid Maduros, near Oscuro, and one was Colorado Maduro. Some great marble coloring. The cigars were firm in hand with aromas of rich earth, chocolate cake, tobacco, leather and warm spices. Some fruit qualities as well. Veins were small to medium in size and nice bit of oils present to touch.
John: The Davidoff Maduro Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and an integrated perforated tear point to remain intact when opened. As I opened the cellophane, the UPC tears, as the UPC sticker has been misplaced on the cellophane. There is a primary Davidoff white band along with a gold on black secondary Maduro band. I weighed the cigar at 15.1 grams, and the humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco, graham cracker and wood. Out of the foot, I could smell sweet wood, hay and mild, sweet tobacco.

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a bold combination of toasted oak, rich earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, the pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is an even mix of toasted oak and earth with a lightly zingy black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and rich earth are even up front, with the black pepper just behind. The strength was medium-full.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice dark chocolate and fruit spice profile. Zinfandel currant quality. Rich earth and tobacco are present as well with some minerals and oak. Nuts present as well. Medium in strength with a body level between medium and medium-full.
John: My initial flavor impressions are of creamy, medium-full spices, with medium earth carrying into the post draw. As the first third settles in, the spices are medium strength and lingering on the post draw. That profile remains consistent until the halfway point where I’m tasting sweet tobacco and wood. By this point of the first third, the spices have backed off to light plus.

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a fair amount. The retrohale is now toasted oak and earth with very mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and rich earth remain even up front with some mild black pepper in the background. The strength dropped down to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third continues with a rich earth, mineral, oak and leather profile. Some cream with cocoa present as well. I would say the cigar is between medium and medium-full for strength and body. Finishes with spices, nuts and faint fruits.
John: In the second third, there’s an intense medium-full pepper on the retrohale, followed by sweet tobacco and wood into the post draw. The pepper backs off to medium strength as the second third settles in. Medium earth joins the post draw as the cigar progresses to the halfway point. Nothing to remark on during the second half as the profile remains consistent.

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: The final third continues on with the profile of toasted oak and rich earth even up front with some mild black pepper in the background. At a half inch in, the earth fades back slightly. The retrohale is now just toasted oak with a bit of earth. At an inch in, the toast level and earth both pick up a bit. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak and earth are even up front with the black pepper in the background. The strength bumped back up to medium-full.
Seth: The final third delivers a flavor profile of minerals, nuts, peppery spices, dark chocolate and oak. Not harsh, but not as smooth as the first, and second third. The earth, mineral and oak qualities are shown. Still smoking between medium and medium-full for strength and body. Smokes well to the end.
John: Earth and wood lead off the last third. Medium to medium-full pepper comes into the retrohale as the final third settles in. Light plus earth joins the finish and brings some tobacco sweetness with it as the cigar continues. That earth moves up to medium-full approaching the halfway point. Like the second third, the profile remains consistent in the bottom half of the last third.

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout and the cigar went out twice in the final third, requiring re-lights.
Seth: Well-constructed cigar. Nice burn line.
John: There’s quite a lot to say about the burn performance. In total, the cigar required seven re-lights through the review experience. Three re-lights in the first third, two re-lights in the second third and two re-lights in the last third. I believe this is the worst burn performance I’ve scored in the time I’ve been reviewing cigars.

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Nice draw from beginning to end.
John: The draw was a minor amount into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches which puts the draw in the very good category.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a bold combination of toasted oak, rich earth and black pepper. The pepper mellowed a bit a half inch in. The second third saw the pepper mellow quite a bit. The final third saw the toast level increase. The Davidoff Maduro Robusto had a nice, bold start, with the toasted oak, earth and black pepper all working well together. With the black pepper faded in the second third, it lost the balance it had and became average and maintained that level the rest of the way. Regardless of price, the cigar didn’t do enough to make me want to come back, but add in the price point and it’s an easy pass.
Seth: After smoking through my Davidoff Maduros, I found one to be slightly different than the other two. Overall, the Davidoff Maduro Robusto delivered a flavor profile of dark chocolate, oak, earth, nuts and minerals. Not sweet, but filling. In some ways, I would have liked some more sweetness to the chocolate, or richness to the chocolate. Solid construction and draw present with the cigar. This might be a release that pops in a larger or smaller format. Looking forward to finding out.
John: The Davidoff Maduro Robusto had an enjoyable flavor profile for the first and second thirds, with the profile evolving into heavy earth through the last third which was out of sorts from the rest of the flavor profile. The draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum, while the burn performance was the lowest score possible with seven re-lights required through the review experience. Whenever I encounter poor burn performance, I make sure to look at myself before holding a cigar accountable. In this case, the cut was a v-cut which is what I’ve been using for many years. The humidity measured 62.6% which shouldn’t have resulted in a poor burn. Although my overall smoking time was longer than usual, roughly 20 minutes of this is accounted for by the process of having to stop, purge, re-light and capture the details. I would find that many re-lights unacceptable on an average priced cigar, but in the super premium category I think it’s completely unacceptable. While cigars are a handmade product and errors will occur, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to hold an expensive cigar to a higher level of accountability. With all of that said, the overall flavor delivery was good, with the cigar certainly in the over medium strength for a Davidoff. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$8.62

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$8.70

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.07

Cost/Point

$8.24

Scoring System

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