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Davidoff Special <<53>> Returns in July

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Next month, one of the more unique cigars from Davidoff’s extensive library of limited editions will return to shelves for the first time in nearly two decades.

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The Davidoff Limited Edition Special <<53>> Capa Dominicana is a 6 1/8 x 53 perfecto that was originally released in 2002. It marked a special moment for Davidoff, the first time Davidoff had made a cigar entirely of Dominican tobaccos. Up until that point, like others, the company had struggled to find a Dominican wrapper suitable for its cigars.

Now, the blend has been recreated using a 10-year-old wrapper, an eight-year-old San Vicente binder and fillers aged for up to six-and-a-half years. The fillers are listed as olor seco, piloto ligero and San Vicente seco.

The cigar will retail for $32 and is limited to 4,500 boxes of 10 cigars in the U.S. In addition, there will also be a five-pack format available exclusively for the travel/duty-free market.

“When challenged with crafting a blend of 100 percent Dominican tobaccos back in the 1990s they set on a journey to identify suitable areas, cultivating soils and developing hybrid seeds that would yield tobaccos fit for the challenge,” said Edward Simon, chief marketing officer at Oettinger Davidoff AG, in a press release. “After nearly 20 years that journey found its completion in 2002 when our master blenders had turned these tobaccos into the beautiful and refined Special 53 – Capa Dominicana cigar. It is this achievement, of leading the way to make the cultivation of wrapper tobaccos in the Dominican a reality that we celebrate today with the re-release of this limited edition. The 53-ring gauge Perfecto format was developed especially for said wrapper leaf to deliver its taste impact optimally.”

The boxes carry the Davidoff Vintage Blend distinction, a marking that signifies the company’s efforts to recreate a previous blend.

Attendees of Procigar 2020, the Dominican’s cigar festival, were given the new cigar in February. Davidoff had intended for the cigar to debut earlier in the year but the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic forced a delay of its new products.

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Charlie Minato
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