Davidoff has begun shipping the next pair of its Eladio Diaz-inspired The Master Selection Series.
Each year Diaz, the blending head and production chief at Davidoff’s Dominican factories, creates a couple hundred cigars for his birthday which are not sold, instead given out as gifts to friends. The cigars are known to be not very Davidoff-like, particularly in the strength department.
Earlier this year, Davidoff announced it would release The Master Selection Series, which took previous blends Diaz had created for his birthday and placed them in a 6 x 52 size.
It released the first two—2013 and 2016—in June, and now the next two are coming to market.
The releases are not only staggered, but split between appointed merchants—independently shops that sell Davidoff—and flagship stores, retail locations that bear the Davidoff name and are oftentimes owned by the company.
Davidoff The Master Selection Series 2010 is heading to appointed merchants. It uses a Dominican wrapper, Mexican San Andrés negro binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
As for The Master Selection Series 2011, it will only be sold at flagship stores. It uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Mexican San Andrés negro wrapper and fillers from both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Both cigars are priced at $35, which is the price for all six of The Master Selection Series releases. The entire line is limited and comes in numbered 10-count boxes, which will ship in cellophane in the U.S. and without it in Europe, where the cigars will arrive a bit later.
Production numbers are 1,250 boxes for the 2010 and just 500 for the 2011 version.
The final two cigars, 2007 and 2008, will be formally released in the U.S. next month.