“April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?”
We all know that spring time joke, but the first week of April also brings one of the major professional golf tournaments, the Masters Tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Coinciding with the tournament, Davidoff released its second golf themed cigar, the Davidoff Limited Masters Edition 2015. This release goes a little further than just simply having a golf related name by creating an entire package that is intended to go hand in hand with a round of golf.
Davidoff’s other golf cigar was the Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro, which featured boxes and bands with a golf-ball like treatment.
- Davidoff Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro (6 1/4 x 52) — 2013 — 7,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (70,000 Total Cigars)
- Davidoff Limited Masters Edition 2015 Robusto (5 x 52) — 2015 — 7,500 Boxes of 1 Cigar (7,500 Total Cigars)[ref]The two 2015 Robustos feature the same blend.[/ref]
- Davidoff Limited Masters Edition 2015 Robusto (5 x 52) — 2015 — 7,500 Boxes of 3 Cigars (22,500 Total Cigars)
- Davidoff Limited Masters Edition 2015 Toro (6 x 54) — 2015 — 7,500 Boxes of 4 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
The box features eight cigars—four toros and four robustos—with the intention of being consumed by four golfers. The four toros are meant to be smoked on the course, with the four robustos intended to be smoked after the game in the club house. One robusto has a golden band in place of the normal band, which is to be given to the winner of the round.
- Cigar Reviewed: Davidoff Limited Masters Edition 2015 Toro
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Cigars Davidoff
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Dominican Criollo
- Filler: Dominican Piloto Volado, San Vincente Visos, Piloto Visos, Hybrid Corojo/Olor Seco
- Size: 6 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 54
- Vitola: Toro
- MSRP: $32 (Boxes of 8, $232.00)[ref]*The box MSRP reflects four toros at $32 each and four robustos at $26 each.[/ref]
- Date Released: March 12, 2015
- Number of Cigars Released: 7,500 Boxes of 4 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
As I’ve come to expect from Davidoff, theLimited Masters Edition looks gorgeous, with a flawlessly-applied medium brown wrapper that has a soft and oily feel to it. There is a slight bit of give throughout, just enough to portray a plush cigar without getting into mushy territory. Off of the wrapper comes an aroma of rich barnyard, hay and vanilla. The cold draw is quite interesting, with bright hay, cocoa and fruit notes up front that is slowly followed with a strong peppery spice on the tongue.
Starting out the first third I get creamy cedar, chocolate, hints of vanilla and the slightest bit of pepper in the background on the finish. The burn doesn’t start out razor sharp, though it’s quite even. Draw is right in the middle of ideal, and there is plenty of smoke production with each draw. The ash holds on easily to the inch mark, however it’s quite flaky, sprinkling ash all over myself and my laptop. As the Masters Edition continues the pepper from the beginning is fading out of the background, replaced with notes of freshly ground, light roasted coffee beans and some grains.
The second third doesn’t see much change in any aspect of the Davidoff. Creamy cedar and chocolate continue to dominate the profile, with vanilla, grains and coffee playing along in the background. The burn is still a little rough, far from what I would call razor sharp, though it continues to burn evenly, so there’s no need for a touch-up. The ash continues to be a veritable snowstorm in my immediate vicinity, which probably wouldn’t be an issue moving around on a golf course, but is slightly annoying sitting down. A grassy hay note has started to develop alongside the cedar and chocolate, which fits in with the rest of the profile nicely.
The final third continues with the creamy cedar and grassiness up front, though the chocolate has faded out significantly. Vanilla, grains and coffee notes continue to be mild appearances in the profile, perhaps not as strong as the first two thirds. The burn still hasn’t sharpened up, but still remains even enough to not need any touch ups. With a light dusting of ash still coating my lap, the Limited Masters Edition finishes up smoothly without any harshness or heat.
- While I could have probably guessed blindly that this was a Davidoff, its flavors definitely aren’t your standard White Label profile.
- Jordan Spieth was the winner of the 2015 Masters Tournament. Someone on the halfwheel staff allegedly was in high school with him a couple grades behind.
- The 2015 Masters began on April 9, almost a month after the cigar was released.
- As mentioned earlier, this isn’t Davidoff’s first golf themed cigar, with the Davidoff Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro having previously been released. There was no 2014 Masters Edition.
- All three samples performed very similarly, with only one sample having a little bit of a problem with the burn staying even, though the profile didn’t seem to be affected by it.
- The secondary band that says “Golf” with the O looking like a club face, though when looking at it straight on “Golf” is centered on the O, only letting you see Gol. Gol is Spanish for goal, which of course isn’t the right sport.
- The cigars are held into place by wooden strips which attach magnetically.
- If you’re a quick golfer without anybody ahead slowing you down, the 6 x 54 size would be perfect for all 18 holes. If you smoked this with three other golfers on the course however, chances are your round would last a little longer than the cigar itself.
- The cigar burns slow and stays lit long between draws, making it ideal to be able to leave in the cart while you’re hitting the ball.
- Davidoff advertises on halfwheel.
- The cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
- Final smoking time averaged a little over two hours and 15 minutes.
- Site sponsors Atlantic Cigar Co., Emerson’s Cigars and Serious Cigar have the Davidoff Masters Edition 2015 in stock.
The Davidoff Limited Masters Edition 2015 Toro is a good cigar in a neat package with a fun purpose designed for it. Sure, there are plenty of other cigars this size that would work on the golf course that wouldn’t be as expensive, and everybody could choose whatever cigar they wanted to smoke. However, the whole package is perfect for a special event with some friends that you wanted to be just a little bit more memorable. The construction was mostly fine, with only a few minor gripes, and the profile is bold enough to be enjoyed even if it’s a windy day outside, blowing the flavorful smoke away. So if you’re looking for a great cigar for a special round of golf, I can easily recommend grabbing a box of these for you and your friends.