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Stogie Reviews: Davidoff Colorado Claro Short Perfecto

25 Jan 2010

The Davidoff Colorado Claro is a limited edition line using the same blend as the Davidoff Special, but featuring a darker, richer “Colorado Claro” wrapper. While it was originally released way back in 2002, it hasn’t since been available until its re-introduction in late 2009.

DavidoffCCShortperfectoFor this review I sampled a few Colorado Claros in the Short Perfecto (4.9 x 52) which, at $13 each, is the most affordable size. These are truly very limited smokes, with only 300 boxes of 10 cigars having been made. There are three other sizes of the Colorado Claro, each made in similarly limited numbers: a “Special R” robusto ($16), a “Special T” torpedo ($18), and a “Double R” double corona ($27).

The blend features a unique Colorado Claro Ecuadorian wrapper. It’s a lush brown leaf with nice sheen and, upon close inspection, impressively few veins.

The Short Perfecto starts off with a burst of savory saltiness, which will be the dominant flavor throughout. There is also a underlying core of slightly sweet cedar. As it progresses, it grows from a medium- to a full-bodied smoke with pleasant caramel notes and an aromatic sweetness. It puts off a good deal of smoke, and has Davidoff’s characteristic excellent construction.

The Colorado Claro has a subtle peppery finish, particularly in the second half when the saltiness fades slightly, even though it never goes completely away. Near the end a coffee bean flavor emerges for an exciting and more medium-bodied conclusion.

One of the most remarkable and defining characteristics about this blend are the salty flavors. In so many cigars, saltiness is a sign of a lack of balance—but here that flavor contributes to what makes it such a distinct and enjoyable smoke.

The perfecto shape does an excellent job focusing all those flavors on the palate and helping along the subtle yet striking shifts in the 50-minute smoke. The interesting flavor, combined with superb construction and an approachable price, is what earns this cigar the year’s first rating of five of stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here. A list of other five stogie-rated cigars can be found here.]

Patrick S

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8 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Davidoff Colorado Claro Short Perfecto”

  1. furious Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    That stick looks good enough to eat. Wonder if they are available on Davidoff’s website?

  2. Padronnie Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Good looking indeed, and it sounds tasty too. Salt is basically a flavor enhancer, so no surprise that this sounds so mouth watering.

  3. Patrick S Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    @furious: I haven't seen any of the Short Perfectos in stock online. A few places seem to have other sizes, but not as singles.

    I'd suggest calling places that have them listed since these cigars are so limited that they may not list them online. You might also try Davidoff's NYC stores which is where I bought mine.

    Good luck… I think they are well worth the trouble of finding them.

  4. C Monday, January 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    I love when you review cigars none of us will ever be able to smoke lol Yea and you do it all the time too, makes the review kinda pointless dont you think??? Hey I like the site, been reading awhile, but dont see the need to talk about a cigar none of us will ever see… How about reviewing cigars that we can smoke!!!

    • Patrick S Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

      @C: This cigar is rare enough that it isn’t sold online very often (and doesn’t stay in stock long if it is), but hardly impossible to find. I’m sure sure you’d be able to find some for sale with a little searching and a phone call or two.

      As for writing about “cigars none of us will ever be able to smoke” I’m afraid I must disagree… between full reviews and quick smokes we’ve written up over 1,000 cigars and I can think of only one that will never be smoked by the public.

  5. cigar palace Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    This is a must try than!! I love davidoffs so I’ll try to find it.

  6. Mike Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Found it with a few clicks of the mouse. Seek and ye shall find.

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