Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Vitola: Churchill (7 x 48)
Purchase Link: Davidoff Aniversario
Davidoff Aniversario No. 2 Review - California
Summary: Starting out with nuts, pepper, and cedar. And then, like a bird that flies across a pitcher’s path and gets obliterated by a four-seam, I get smacked in the mouth with 100 Grand notes. Caramel and milk chocolate goodness. Banana merengue and a freshly opened cardboard box now. I’m only an inch in (that’s 2.54 cm for all you Canadians) and I’m already blown away by the complexity. Vanilla bean ice cream.
Getting into the second third and the ash is holding on nicely. I’m picking up a faint New Years-confetti gun taste. Not calling it sulfur because of the negative connotation; confetti sounds more festive of a description. The complexity is mellowing out a bit with vanilla as the predominate flavor.
Final third is giving me a slight grape sweetness on top of the vanilla. Besides that it’s just a mild/medium smoke now. I’m putting it down with about two inches left simply because my taste buds are getting burnt out. Not a quick smoke by any means.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Extremely long walks on the beach.
Pairing Suggestion: IPA.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver. Loved the first half but after that it just burnt me out with its longevity. A vitola of a shorter length could be box worthy.
Davidoff Aniversario No. 2 Review - Wisconsin
Summary: Firing up a long cigar in the cold Wisconsin winter comes with a bit of hesitation. I felt a lot better about it when I was greeted with pepper, lemon, nuts, bread, and creaminess from this smoke. It was also bursting with floral notes, and those worked particularly well with its bready creaminess. It stayed on the milder side throughout its significant length.
As the cigar progressed through its hours of smoke time, it added a few flavors: cedar, butterscotch, a mouthwatering cherry note, and something reminiscent of a shortbread cookie. Overall, it didn't offer all that much in terms of transitions.
It was well-constructed, with a consistent burn, good draw, and reasonable smoke production the whole time.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: You'll like this cigar if you're all about stopping to smell the flowers. Both because of the time investment and because of the flavors and aromas.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee or tea in the morning.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Buy a fiver, but of a smaller vitola if there is one.
Davidoff Aniversario No. 2 Review - Oregon
Summary: Appearing to be a Churchill vitola, the wrapper on this light brown cigar has some visible seams and smells heavenly...creamy cedar. The foot offers only some hay and mild spice. THe cold draw is loose and wreaks of some of my favorite morning cigar flavors including graham cracker, vanilla and nutmeg.
Once lit, coffee and cedar notes melded nicely for the main profile. There were some amazing flavor transitioning in and out of the mix however. Toasted marshmallow, natural tobacco notes, baking spices and a hint of pepper all appeared more than once. Retrohale smoke carried mild cedar and spices surrounded by just a bit of sweetness and pepper spice. The ash of the cigar was a bit flaky to start but seemed to solidify further into the smoke.
Light floral notes found their way into the profile towards the later stages of the cigar. Additionally, walnut flavors and bran muffin flavors also made a late showing. Don’t let the light colored wrapper on this stick fool you. This cigar falls into the medium body spot for me and the strength is on the upper end of the medium spectrum.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this then you probably like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this with your morning coffee or in the evening, Disaronno on ice.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Go fiver here....but hell, could a box be a bad thing?