Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7

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Cigar Details: Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Dominican Olor Seco
  • Filler: Dominican San Vicente Ligero, San Vicente Visus, Piloto Seco, Piloto Visus and Olor Seco
  • Factory: Davidoff
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $28.50
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source: Davidoff

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 wrapper is light brown and has a couple of raised veins present. The seams are slightly raised and easily visible while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional company band in white and gold while the secondary strip band is the same color combination and reads Especiales with a large 7 in the middle. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood and hay forward barnyard. The foot brings wood, stone fruit sweetness and mild white pepper. The pre-light draw brings creamy leather, light wood and a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 has a wrapper that is between dark Natural and light Colorado in coloring. The cap is well applied and the cigar is firm throughout sporting a silky texture. There is an aroma of hay, faint spices and soft citrus on the cigar, and it’s a pleasant aroma.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 las a light brown wrapper, and is double banded. The primary band is the classic Davidoff gold on white, with the secondary band indicating Especiales 7 in gold and white. I’m able to pick up aromas of barnyard and cedar from the wrapper. In the foot, there is sweet hay and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 has a shiny/well oiled medium brown wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head with a neatly wrapped deep cap. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar, sweet nuttiness and dry barnyard. Aromas from the foot tell the same as the wrapper notes as well as a well mannered black pepper spice. Cold draw gives hay and cedar.

First Third

The cigar starts out with some charred wood, cinnamon and mushroom mustiness. At a half inch in, the cinnamon mellows as the wood and mustiness pair more together. The retrohale carries oak and a light mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the wood is more defined as oak and still has a slight char and the mushroom mustiness is quite full. The cinnamon is now a faint baking spice in the background and on the finish. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

I am in the first third of the cigar and it has opened up by delivering some citrus and wood qualities. There are some strong peppery spice notes present and with that is some subtle mint and cream. It’s a unique start and I would classify the cigar as being medium all around.

First Third

My initial draws produce flavors of light, dry cedar and cocoa. There is a light mushroom and chocolate palate, finishing with light earth. On the retrohale, only cedar as the cigar starts out. Immediately, I have to take note of the monster amount of smoke production with each draw. Light pepper develops on the retrohale, with the light cedar joining the post draw and adding a drying mouthfeel. As the cigar has settled in, graham cracker joins the mid palate along with some bready aspects. The post draw pepper continues to build as the first third progresses, and brings cocoa strength up on the mid palate with it.

First Third

First third begins with a mixture of hay and naturally sweet creamy and bitter dried nuts. A few more draws in, cherry cordials join the profile. Retrohaling gives sharper minerals and creamier (and sweeter) dried nuts. The finish is medium in length with bitter nuts and a hint of metallic notes. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a bit of a pine note enters the profile. At a quarter inch in, the pine note and cinnamon have faded away and the oak and mustiness are now paired together as the char and mushroom notes are quite faint. The retrohale now has the mustiness even with the oak. As the third comes to a close, the char picks up a little on the oak while the mustiness remains at an equal level. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar I find the citrus and peppery spice qualities are still in play and they are being paired with this herbal, meaty and leather profile. It’s a little all over the place and out of balance in my opinion. Like before, the strength and body are at a medium level.

Second Third

Dry cedar leads the profile into the second third. Light cocoa and baking spices define the retrohale, while dry cedar remains on the post draw. Leather joins the post draw as the final third settles in.

Second Third

Interestingly enough, the second third tasting profile changes a good amount. In terms of flavors, there’s cedar, nuts and hay. But the key focus is the dryness of the profile. The dryness is on the tongue and overall palate, making me reach for water quite a bit. This, combined with the increased bitterness and metallic finish creates for a bit of a let down (especially for an ultra premium Davidoff such as this). Strength and body continues to be medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile is slightly drying. At a quarter inch in, the char begins increasing. The retrohale has now gained some of the char attached to the oak while the mustiness has lightened up. As the cigar comes to a close, the oak gains a young/green note as the char has left and there is a light mustiness. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third of the cigar now and picking up a lot of tobacco, citrus, mint and herbal qualities. Like the second third, the cigar is all over the place and nothing seems to mesh. There are some good flavors present, they’re just not working well with one another. Like the first and second third, strength and body are at a medium level.

Final Third

Again, dry cedar carries the profile moving into the final third. No other flavor progression for the remainder of the cigar.

Final Third

No changes to note within the final third as it’s exactly the same as the second third. Still medium strength and bodied with the profile being too dry, metallic finish and flavors of cedar, nuts and hay.

Burn

The burn was wavy throughout. The cigar went out twice requiring re-lights while the ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

In terms of the burn on the cigar, the burn was fantastic. Cigar was constructed wonderfully and presented no problems from start to finish. Ash held on well from start to finish, except when I got careless in attempting to take photos.

Burn

As you would expect with a Davidoff, the burn is impeccable through the entire smoking experience. Ash holds on up to 2 inch increments.

Burn

No issues with the burn. No touch-ups or re-lights, tight ashes, straight burn and cool burning temperature.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started out well with the Davidoff mushroom mustiness combined with charred wood and cinnamon. It didn’t last long and settled into charred wood and a general mustiness which held on through the remainder of the cigar. I never smoked the original release, so I can’t say how it compares. The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 was fairly average and the construction left something to be desired. I don’t think the cigar quite lives up to the price point, but if you try it, you’d have to decide. Probably not something I’d see myself returning to.

Draw

In terms of draw, the cigar was perfect.

Overall

Overall, the Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 lacked balance. It had some complexity in terms of flavors, maybe more than most Davidoff offerings, but the cigar lacked balance. Because of that, it didn’t deliver a finish that was really wowing or enjoyable. I came out of the cigar impressed with the notes presented, but disappointed in that they did not work well together. It was like an orchestra filled with incredible musicians that did not want to play together. To be positive, burn was fantastic and draw great.

Draw

Draw is in the ideal zone, with at most a 1/2 to 1 notch level of resistance.

Overall

The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 was a bit of a puzzle for me, as I found the overall flavor experience to be quite average. The first third delivered some of the typical standout notes I would expect from a Davidoff, however, once in the middle third, the flavor complexity fell off rapidly. Construction and draw were fantastic, but I have come to expect nothing less from Davidoff releases.

Draw

The draw also had zero issues. The perfect amount of resistance and air flow.

Overall

Sad to say, this is the first Davidoff I did not enjoy smoking. The initial third was good, giving me a smooth and well melded flavor delivery of hay, naturally sweet, creamy, bitter dried nuts and cherry cordials. But past that point, it was essentially an entirely different smoking experience with the overwhelming dryness and metallic finish. Maybe I received a dud? I’ll be curious as to what the other DP guys say about the Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$4.91

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.93

Cost/Point

$5.78

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$4.67

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.03

Cost/Point

$5.66

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  • Gerald Benjamin - July 29, 2019 reply

    John
    Completely agree! I have no idea what the hype is all about. The cigar was a complete let down, a waste of time and money.
    An over priced failure.
    Gerald Benjamin

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