Conclusion after 3 days of testing:
The Davidoff Yamasá blend is ideal for aficionados seeking an extravagant flavor appeal combined with the smoothness for which Davidoff cigars are known.
Origin: The Dominican Republic;
Smoking time: around 100 minutes;
Packaging: single, pack of four, box of twelve;
Price: $19.20 per stick, $76.80 per pack, $230.40 per box.
Aroma: Scpices, Chocolate;
Initial taste: Spices, Earth;
First third: Spice, Orange, Earth, Cedar, and Pepper;
Second third: Wood, Leather, Nuts, Black pepper, and grass;
Final third: Coffee, Cedar, Pepper, Sweetness.
Draw: Ideal, A little resistance;
Burn: Cool, Consistent;
Smoke: Rich, Oily;
Ash: Silver, White.
Davidoff Yamasá is a bold and rich blend. Its profile makes it perfect for more experienced aficionados or after a big meal.
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Origin, Blend, and Vitolas
Despite its reputation for being difficult, the soil of the Yamasá Valley in the Dominican Republic provides the right conditions for growing the tobacco for this complex masterpiece. The Yamasá series is produced at the TabaDom factory in Santiago de los Caballeros. The blend is crafted by Henke Kelner and was launched in 2017. That same year, the blend received a well-deserved 90-point rating, and the review stated, “Wearing a dark and alluring wrapper, this torpedo burns evenly. Earthy, woody impressions are balanced by a toasty quality and cocoa powder sweetness.”
The Davidoff Yamasá is produced in Petit Churchill, Robusto, Toro and Pirámides vitolas. For this review of the Davidoff Yamasá, we chose the Robusto format.
The blend of this cigar is really something special. The wrapper and binder are made from Yamasá tobacco from the Dominican Republic. The filler is a combination of Piloto visus, San Vicente Mejorado seco, San Vicente Mejorado visus, Condega seco, and Estelí seco tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
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The Davidoff Yamasá is available in packs or boxes of 4, 12, and single cigars. You can find packs of four and boxes of twelve in tubos.
You can recognize the elegance of the Davidoff cigar by its stylish black label and the crimson Yamasá label. The black label is a sign that this cigar is part of Davidoff’s Black Pillar series, which includes innovative blends with an adventurous and bold flavor profile.
The wrapper has some visible veins. There were some inconsistencies in the color of the wrapper on two of the nine cigars we purchased for this review.
Pre-Light Draw, Aroma, Taste
We are experimenting here with the preparation of the cigar. The most experienced of us, Oliver, made a straight cut with our brand-new Les Fines Lame Cigar Knife Padauk. Oliver cut 2/8 inch with great precision.
The draw before lighting shows a spicy and earthy flavor. The draw is ideal. You can feel the slight resistance.
The aroma of the cigar is woody with sweet undertones.
From the first puffs, you can feel the notes of red pepper and black mix. The taste develops as a mix of spices, orange, and earthy notes. On the retohale, you’ll find some cedar and pepper.
In the body third, the flavor is a mix of wood, leather, and nuts. The nutty notes that our connoisseur team perceives are cashew, according to Adelina and Milan, while Oliver perceives hazelnuts. The spiciness is there, but in the form of lighter and more subtle notes. Black pepper and grassy notes are felt in the retrohale.
In the final third, the taste is dominated by the cedar notes. There is coffee, according to Adelina, it is a sweet latte. Pepper is also present to balance the flavor profile. On the retrohale, you get sweet and peppery notes.
The ash is nicely solid and white in color.
The construction of this cigar is outstanding. It provides excellent burn that doesn’t need any re-lights. The burn itself is cool.
This cigar puts out a perfect amount of smoke. The smoke is rich and oily.
What Drink and Food Pairs Well with the Davidoff Yamasá
Davidoff recommends a spicy rum as a suitable pairing with the intense flavor profile of Davidoff Yamasá. A smooth single malt whisky also pairs well.
Cigar Smoked for This Review and Tasting Methodology
For this review, we smoked nine cigars of the Davidoff Yamasá, Robusto, 5×50. Each of us smoked one cigar per day and accompanied the cigar with water to keep our palates clean and not affect the flavors of the cigar.
Davidoff Yamasá is a bold rich blend. Its medium-full profile makes it perfect for more experienced aficionados or after a big meal.