Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 Review

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The Davidoff brand has a long history of providing excellent tobacco products and taking pride in the quality they produce. Founded in the 1900s, Davidoff has since grown to become one of the largest premium cigar producers in the world and uses only the finest tobaccos available.

Davidoff produces some of the most sought-after cigars in the world. With their diverse blends of tobaccos and meticulous attention to detail, it’s no surprise that Davidoff has earned a reputation for creating exceptional cigars since the 1900s. Featuring a white label, the Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 is one of their core blends.

Appearance of Davidoff Aniversario No. 3

The Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 is a 6 inches x 50 ring gauge luxurious cigar full of sweet tobacco flavors and a smooth, mellow taste. It’s crafted with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that encloses the Dominican Republic binder and filler leaves. Much like this cigar, its elegance lies in detail: a regular cap with an open foot provides a slow yet even burn, while the sleek gold band adds an elegant touch.

This is a mild to medium-bodied cigar that gives you an excellent smoking experience from beginning to end.

Smoking Experience

Giving it a quick little cut, the Aniversario No.3 is now ready to be lit. The pre-lit puff does not have that much flavor, just that cedar at the end. Let’s light it up and see what flavors this cigar will give us. Now at the very first puff, I’m getting a little bit of cedar and a hint of spice on the finish. It’s like a very light white pepper. The initial startup burn here is a little funky; the leaves further are just not catching the burn. Again, I’m not getting a ton of flavor, and the aroma is a tad bit bitter, not that usual kind of welcoming scent that I usually look for. It’s a little bit on the bitter side of things, and the flavors are straightforward. I’m picking up a light cedar and some white pepper. The smoke itself, on the other side, is creamy. The cigar is not bad, but I haven’t had anything spectacular just yet. I’m going to go ahead and smoke it down a little bit more, and hopefully, it gets some more excitement going on with the flavors.

Right around the halfway point, getting into the second third, things are pretty much the same with the Davidoff Aniversario No.3. The ash is a little disappointing as it has been flaky, coming off, and not really solid. Looking at the price point and the brand itself, I expected it to be on-point with the flavors and have solid construction. The price is not low, around $20. Looking at the good side of things, the burn itself has self-corrected though I had to touch it up a little bit. Flavor-wise, I’m getting a lot of pepper through the retrohale. It’s a little bit earthy, and I’m now picking up a slight honey element to it as well, but all the flavors are very subtle other than the pepper. The pepper is kind of overpowering the other flavors, which I think makes them very subtle. There is no wow factor in it yet, and again, I tend to look for that little bit of a wow for that price point. It’s not an inexpensive cigar, but again, I’m going to keep giving it a fair assessment here and smoke it down a little more.

The flavors are still the ones I mentioned earlier for the final third on the Davidoff Aniversario No.3. The flavors were earthy, cedar, a little honey, and pepper notes. The pepper just threw off the balance, which I think I’m not just a huge fan of, but it’s not that bad. The other flavors are still good, and it’s just that pepper that holds it back. Another good thing is that it sort of rounded up the flavors, which I think would be perfect if paired with a blond beer or a single malt whiskey.

Overall

The Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 is a good cigar; it was just that pepper and the construction that I am not satisfied with. The burn was fixed throughout the smoke, and fortunately, the flavors rounded up at the last third, giving it an excellent finish. I still recommend it, though it might be a little expensive and maybe you’ll have a different and better experience.

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Glyn Caddell

Glyn Caddell

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