Our Score (4 / 5)


  • RH – 70% for 2 Weeks
  • MSRP – $36 for 1
  • Smoke Time – 2 Hours & 15 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Ecuadoran (Habano)
  • Binder – Dominican Republic (Olor)
  • Filler – Dominican Republic
  • Length – 6.75
  • Ring Gauge – 50

Initial Reactions and Appearance

With a beautiful shape and no damages on the wrapper, Davidoff 50th Anniversary looks great. The smell of the wrapper as the slight scent of tobacco, but there are no other scents coming off it. The unlit draw provides some earthy and grassy notes.

First Third

First few puffs match the earthy and grassy notes from the unlit draw, and the tobacco tastes fresh, like it wasn’t given enough time to age. As the smoke progresses, the flavors are replaced with smooth, creamy, and earthy flavors. Honestly, it takes more like a Cuban than a Dominican stick. A total 180 occurs midway through the first third, and the retro becomes earthy, sweet, and spicy. Some grassy notes are still present here and there, and the stick is incredibly complex and delicious.

Second Third

The spicy pepper from the retrohale becomes more prominent on the second third, but the smoke is still creamy and smooth. The grass taste returns a little bit, and with it comes a little bit of a toasted-popcorn flavor. In addition, a small hint of chocolate appears.

Final Third

Even more pepper appears on the retrohale as Davidoff 50th Anniversary ramps up a bit. The subtle chocolate taste from before is now in the front, and the burn is absolutely solid all the way through. Davidoff 50th Anniversary is sweet and spicy on the final third, making it quite the complex smoke. It’s unfortunate, then, that it feels like a missed opportunity. With so much going on in regards to construction, flavors, and complexity, you’d think this cigar is a 5/5. The potential is there, but the taste of fresh tobacco shows that the whole thing was rushed.

Would I Smoke Davidoff 50th Anniversary Again?

Yes, but I would definitely let Davidoff 50th Anniversary age a little longer so that the complex flavors can truly shine.

 

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