One of the first-time exhibitors at this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, DAV Cigars is based in Washington, D.C. with a factory operation in Villa Gonzalez, Dominican Republic. The company rolled out a fairly typical booth presentation with several display cases for its cigars, as well as a seating area of a couch and some chairs.

The booth was manned by co-founders Val Atakhanian and Armen Caprielian, and the pair showed off their five lines of cigars, two of which come in multiple vitolas and three of which are offered in single sizes. DAV Cigars has had its cigars available for about three years in the global market, and says they have accounts in eastern Europe and Russia as well as in select U.S. locations.

DAV Cigars Aristocrat

One of DAV’s single vitola offerings, this is a medium-bodied offering that the company says leans towards flavors of nuts, spice and espresso.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • DAV Cigars Aristocrat Robusto (5 x 58) — $9.50 (Boxes of 10, $95)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: Currently Available

DAV Cigars Caridad

The presentation would certainly seem to indicate it is geared towards a certain segment of the industry, but I was told that it’s not exclusive to one group of smokers. It’s the mildest of the company’s portfolio, but also for when there are only a few minutes to enjoy a quick cigar.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • DAV Cigars Caridad Petit Corona (4 x 38) — $2.50 (Boxes of 20, $50)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: Currently Available

DAV Cigars Habana Clasico

The Clasico line is the fuller of the company’s two multi-vitola lines, reaching full body in certain vitolas according to the company.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Olor)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • DAV Cigars Habana Clasico Churchill (7 x 50) — $9 (Boxes of 10, $90)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Clasico Fumada Corta (4 x 60) — $6.50 (Boxes of 10, $65)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Clasico Presidente (6 x 60) — $9 (Boxes of 10, $90)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Clasico Robusto (5 x 50) — $7 (Boxes of 10, $70)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Clasico Robusto Gordo (5 x 52) — $7.50 (Boxes of 10, $75)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Clasico Short Robusto (4 1/2 x 52) — $7 (Boxes of 10, $70)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: Currently Available

DAV Cigars Mestizo

Another of the single size releases, the company is planning on a new size for 2019, but did not disclose what it will be. It’s a rich, full bodied blend that the company says offers espresso, black pepper and dark chocolate.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Olor)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • DAV Cigars Mestizo Robusto (5 x 52) — $7.80 (Boxes of 10, $78)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: Currently Available

DAV Cigars Prima Natural

This is the milder of the two lines offered in multiple sizes, falling in the mild to medium range of strength and flavor. The company says it’s notable for its balance of subtle spice and sweetness.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • DAV Cigars Habana Prima Natural Churchill (7 x 50) — $9 (Boxes of 10, $90)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Prima Natural Fumada Corta (4 x 60) — $6.50 (Boxes of 10, $65)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Prima Natural Presidente (6 x 60) — $9 (Boxes of 10, $90)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Prima Natural Robusto (5 x 50) — $7 (Boxes of 10, $70)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Prima Natural Robusto Gordo (5 x 52) — $7.50 (Boxes of 10, $75)
  • DAV Cigars Habana Prima Natural Short Robusto (4 1/2 x 52) — $7 (Boxes of 10, $70)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: Currently Available

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.