Davidoff vốn nổi tiếng với những món đồ siêu sang dành cho các quý ông. Mọi thứ gắn với cái tên Davidoff đều đẹp và hoàn hảo, xì gà Davidoff cũng không ngoại lệ. Xì Gà Ngon giới thiệu bài đánh giá xì gà Davidoff Year of The Monkey Limited 2016, một trong những loại xì gà ngon rất được ưa chuộng tại Hà Nội và tp HCM của thương hiệu Davidoff và xì gà Dominican.
Giới thiệu Xì gà Davidoff Year of The Monkey Limited 2016
Every year since 2012, Davidoff has released a cigar based on the Chinese zodiac calendar, with each cigar named after the corresponding animal. Next year is the ninth year in the calendar, and as such, the annual limited edition is named the Davidoff Limited Edition 2016 Year of the Monkey.
The packaging materials that comes with the box has a bit more to say about this year’s release:
With a cigar in the hand and a twinkle in the eye, you won’t find a more entertaining companion to celebrate the Chinese New Year with than the Monkey.For the Monkey, there is never a dull moment. They, like Davidoff, see time as something to be filled beautifully, and filled to overflowing. A lively and irrepressible spirit, the playful presence at any gathering.For the Monkey’s mind is always alert and alive, curious toe see what is possible. They are clever creatures and crafty opportunists. Where they see a chance, they take it. Where they face a challenge they think their way over, round and through it.They are simply lovable enthusiasts, eager to experience all the various flavors life has to offer, flavors which Davidoff are equally eager to supply.
Blend-wise, the cigar incorporates a Ecuadorian habano Rojiza corte 3 wrapper covering both a Mexican San Andrés negro binder and filler tobacco’s from the Dominican Republic—hybrid corojo/olor ligero, piloto visos and San Vicente ligero—Peruvian seco and Nicaraguan Ometepe visos.
There have now been four different releases in the series.
Davidoff Limited Edition Zodaic Series
Davidoff Limited Edition 2013 Year of the Snake (7 x 48) — Nov. 2012 — 4,500 Boxes of 8 Cigars (36,000 Total Cigars)
Davidoff Limited Edition 2014 Year of the Horse (6 x 60) — Nov. 2013 — 5,000 Boxes of 9 Cigars (45,000 Total Cigars)
Davidoff Limited Edition 2015 Year of the Sheep (6 1/2 x 54) — Nov. 2014 — 3,000 Boxes of 8 Cigars (24,000 Total Cigars)
Davidoff Limited Edition 2016 Year of the Monkey (6 1/2 x 50) — Nov. 2015 — 3,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
As has been the case with each of the releases before it, the packaging for Year of the Monkey features the color red, a popular color in Chinese culture. However, the color is toned down quite a bit compared to past releases, and the outer shell is actually made of bamboo.
Cigar Reviewed: Davidoff Limited Edition 2016 Year of the Monkey
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Mexican San Andrés negro
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Peru
Length: 6 1/2 Inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Release Date: November 2015
Number of Cigars Released: 3,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Đánh giá Xì gà Davidoff Year of The Monkey Limited 2016
Visually, the Davidoff Year of the Monkey is a gorgeous specimen, with a rustic darkish brown wrapper that features a bit of oil and is quite smooth to the touch. While there are some obvious veins, the cigar is a touch hard when squeezed, and features a short pigtail on the cap. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of strong espresso, nutmeg sweetness, manure, black pepper and almonds, while the cold draw brings flavors of dark fruit, creamy leather, aged oak, barnyard, cocoa and black coffee.
Starting out, the Davidoff Year of the Monkey has immediate dominant flavors of both creamy oak and earth, interspersed with other notes of bitter espresso beans, leather, hay, cinnamon, roasted peanuts and a touch of floral. Although it does not kick in until about 15 puffs in, there is a distinct caramel sweetness on the retrohale that combines remarkably well with the white pepper that is present. The draw is excellent with just the right amount of resistance for my liking, and while the burn is not totally razor sharp, it is far from needing to be touched up. Smoke production is quite dense off of the foot and the overall strength hits a point halfway between mild and medium by the end of the first third.
Into the second third and the Year of the Monkey retains the creamy oak flavor, but drops the earthy note that was so dominant in the first third, replacing it with a lush milk chocolate that is on the finish as well. Other flavors of cinnamon, grass, roasted nuts, coffee grounds and a touch of yeast flit in and out, while the maple sweetness gains strength, hitting its high point right around the halfway mark. Smoke production remains well above average, and although the draw continues to excel, the burn has become just a tad wavy, forcing me to touch it up once. The strength has increased noticeably, and reaches a solid medium by the time the second third comes to an end.
The floral note from the beginning of the cigar returns in the last third of the Davidoff Limited Edition 2016 Year of the Monkey, although it is still only present on the retrohale. The dominant flavors continue to be a combination of creamy oak and milk chocolate, with other flavors of dark cocoa, rich leather, peanuts, cinnamon, coffee beans and slight saltiness present in the profile. The maple sweetness that was so strong in the second third has receded noticeably, although it is still very much a part of the overall flavors profile on the retrohale, joining the white pepper that is sticking around as well. Construction-wise, the Davidoff’s draw continues to impress, and the burn has evened up nicely, while the smoke production remains at around the same level. The overall strength stalled at a solid medium, and goes no further before I put the nub down with about an inch to go.
Although Davidoff released some accessories for the Year of the Dragon in 2011, there was no formal release of the cigar. There was however a small release in Asia, although it lacked the same branding and could be a re-banded regular production release.
While this year’s incarnation says 2016 on it, the series has historically shipped in November of the year prior to the date attached to the cigar.
Davidoff does not use pigtails on its cigars often; in fact, the only cigars that I recall using the feature are some of the vitolas in the Classic line and the Puro d’ Oro releases.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what Davidoff’s visual take on a rat is for the 2020 release.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, next year will mark the Year of the Rooster. I suggest that the company goes with more of a Foghorn Leghorn depiction.
Simply stated, the packaging for this release is one of the best of the year: unique, streamlined and extremely high quality. The outer shell of the box is made of bamboo, with an inner box that slides in effortlessly. Just gorgeous in all regards, and it would not surprise me if it does very well in halfwheel’s packaging awards.
As in years past, Davidoff has produced some accessories for the Year of the Monkey release, which you can see here.
The final smoking time for all three samples averaged just under two hours.
Về thương hiệu Davidoff
Xì gà Davidoff – thương hiệu nổi tiếng thế giới này do ông Zino Davidoff sáng lập. Ông sinh ra năm 1906 tại Ukraina, vào năm 1911 thì gia đình ông di cư tới Thụy sỹ. Tại đây bố mẹ ông đã mở cửa hàng bán thuốc lá. Năm 1924 Zino đã tới các nước Nam Mỹ để tìm hiểu nhiều hơn về thuốc lá, và tại đây ông đã bắt gặp được xì gà Cuba, ông đã bỏ ra 2 năm để làm việc và học hỏi trong các đồn điền tại đây.
Năm 1930 Zino Davidoff quay lại Thụy Sỹ và tiếp quản cửa hàng của bố mình, và cũng bắt đâu từ đây thương hiệu xì gà Davidoff bắt đầu hình thành và phát triển mạnh mẽ. Từ năm 1946, khi xì gà Davidoff đầu tiên được sản xuất , nhãn hiệu này đã duy trì được cam kết bền vững về chất lượng và từ đó đã giành được danh tiếng là một trong những thương hiệu xì gà tốt nhất và sang trọng nhất trên thế giới.
Chỉ có thuốc lá có tuổi chất lượng cao nhất mới được sử dụng để tạo ra các hỗn hợp, từ Anniversarios có hương vị nhẹ, giàu có đến các dòng Grand Cru đầy đủ. Davidoff cigar cung cấp cho những người mới đến thương hiệu một cơ hội để thử một loạt các hương vị tinh tế, sức mạnh và kích cỡ trên các dòng khác nhau trước khi giải quyết một yêu thích.
Hiện nay xì gà Davidoff vẫn được sản xuất tại cộng hòa Dominican.
Xì gà ngon – Xì gà Davidoff Year of The Monkey Limited 2016