We’ve had several posts here on the Cigar King Blog that have discussed Davidoff this year, and with good reason. There have been some great releases from them this year plus Josh and I had the privilege of visiting their facilities in the Dominican Republic this year. We try to cover most new releases here on the blog so our customers have some idea of what the new line is and today, we are covering the latest Limited Edition from Davidoff, the Club House Toro. Coming in boxes of 10 with only 7000 boxes produced, this certainly fits the Limited Edition billing. Created to be the perfect pairing with a great round of golf, the Club House Toro was launched around the same time as Davidoff new marketing campaign, entitled Time Beautifully Filled. The marketing material and new website design show cigars being smoked on the course and in lounge chairs on the beach while enjoying a Davidoff cigar. It is a beautiful and serene ad set up and fits wonderfully with the Davidoff ethos. But lets get to the cigar, shall we?
Size: 6 1/4 x 52 Toro
Wrapper: 3 year aged Dominican Yamasa
Binder: Ecuador 702
Price: $21.90/stick or $208.05/box of 10
Appearance: The Davidoff Club House Toro is a large cigar surrounded with a beautiful milk chocolate color wrapper. It is silky smooth to the touch without any large veins and some slight oils. The cigar carries 2 bands, the top band being the classic Davidoff band with a secondary band denoting the Club House moniker and using a pattern to look like a golf ball. The boxes are a high gloss white with a golf ball texture running across the box in a stripe. Very classy as you would expect from Davidoff while still carrying along the theme of the stick. Construction is flawless as well, the seams are near invisible with a perfectly applied triple cap. The stark white box and bands really stand out over the darker Yamasa wrapper and create quite an eye-catching piece.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Davidoff Club House Toro carries quite a varying set of scents, ranging from a typical Davidoff earthy musk, to a grassy mint sweetness, with hints of leather and nuts. The different aromas that can be picked up quickly piqued my interest as I can’t recall ever smelling that combo before. The aroma from the wrapper directly isn’t nearly as strong, with just some faint hints of earth and caramel sweetness, very light, which I can only assume is from letting the wrapper age for 3 years. Once clipped, the dry-draw is easy with very little resistance and brings a hay like taste to the lips and palate. It is a dry taste, very earthy in its presentation to the tongue.
In the first third, the Davidoff Club House Toro starts off much spicier than I expected and more so than any Davidoff I have smoke before. It is a peppery sweet spice over a very familiar Davidoff musk. The combo is actually quite nice to star the cigar off. Around a half an inch in the spice subsides and a sweet caramel flavor makes itself known. Along with the caramel sweetness the earthy musk hangs in the background and is especially apparent through the nose. Strength wise the cigar is a solid medium at the start but is definitely building to a stronger profile. In my opinion, the hallmark of all Davidoff cigars is how smooth and unassuming they come across in the strength department and this is no different. The blending team they have does a great job of creating a wonderful balance between flavor and strength to create a taste signature that Davidoff has mastered. The ash is slightly flaky though it holds for just over half an inch before it looks to fall, so I tapped it off to save my shirt any holes.
The middle portion is where the Davidoff Club House Toro really comes into its own. The flavors literally explode on the palate and through the nose, with hints of earth, leather, sweet caramel, some cinnamon spice and fresh baked bread taking over the profile. Each puff brings something a little different that sticks with you until the next puff brings something quite different. The combination of flavors is delightful and intriguing and keep my mouth watering for more and more. The strength has crept up to more of a medium-full as I expected it would based on the initial third and has seemed to settle in at that medium-full point. The ash stays flaky but does hold on well while the burn line has been perfect through to this point.
The final third of the Davidoff Club House Toro stays sweet though with not as many overt flavors as the middle third. The caramel and cinnamon spice remain with the earthy musk coming back into play. The strength plateaued at the medium-full mark, definitely one of the heavier Davidoff cigars I have smoked. One of the things I always expect from Davidoff is how smooth the cigar will be and the Club House Toro definitely fulfills that expectation. They are always as smooth of a stick as anyone could expect and when you pair that with the excellent construction and attention to detail that Davidoff puts into every cigar, you can truly say your time has been beautifully filled. To order, give us a call at 800-669-7167 or order online at CigarKing.com.