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Stogie Reviews: Davidoff Aniversario No. 3

23 Oct 2008

According to Davidoff, the Aniversario Series is “characterized by surprising lightness, dominated by a rich, intense aroma. The tobacco harmonize perfectly in these ideally balanced cigars, exquisitely presented in unique and elegant packaging.”

Between that bit of advertising copy and Davidoff’s reputation, I had some serious expectations when sampling the Davidoff Aniversario No. 3. Did the cigar live up to those expectations? Read on.

The Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 is a six inch by 50 ring gauge toro that is packaged by the box (10 or 20), or in three-packs of tubes. This review is of the tubo, which I picked up in a duty free shop in London for £30 (about $60), but you can find these for around $15 a stick.

The Aniversario line features a caramel brown, U.S.-grown Connecticut wrapper. It is velvety to the touch, although there are some ridges that seem to be caused by large veins in the Dominican binder. Pre-light, I notice grass and honeycomb from the Dominican filler.

After lighting the toro up I found pepper, grass, and a touch of earth—though at times it was a bit dry. The finish is long with cedar and subtle pepper.

The construction is, as I’ve come to expect from Davidoff, superb. The ash held for an amazing two full inches with no problem at all. The draw was easy, almost airy.

Overall, while no particular flavor was very strong, altogether they melded into a medium-full cigar. In the final third the taste really came into its own, becoming exceptionally smooth and cedary as the dryness faded.

One particularly impressive thing I found about the Aniversario was its versatility when it came to drink pairings. The cigar went as well with a crisp sauvignon blanc as it did with a peaty single malt scotch.

Yet given the exceptionally high price and the initial dryness, I can’t be as enthusiastic about this offering as some of Davidoff’s other cigars, like the Grand Cru or Millennium Blend. It’s still a very enjoyable cigar, though, so the Davidoff Aniversario No. 3 earns four out of five stogies.

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Patrick S

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3 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Davidoff Aniversario No. 3”

  1. Fuck Che Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 3:35 am #

    This pretty much lines up with my experience with a three-pack: good (maybe great) but not entirely worth the price.

  2. raul Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 7:37 am #

    Sounds like a typical Davidoff… good, but too rich for my blood

  3. Daniel Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    This basically sounds like most Davidoffs I've had. Good, smooth sticks. But for $15 apiece? For that, I'm getting something a bit more complex.