Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011


The Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011 was the 10th release in the company’s Limited Edition Series, which dates back to 1999 and began with the three Perfectos release that was part of the Davidoff Millennium Collection 2000.

The cigar was unveiled at the 2011 IPCPR trade show in highly lacquered white boxes before making its way to retail in September 2011. From the release notes about the cigar:


Exclusive cigars in a noble white dress: Davidoff “White Edition” 2011
August 30, 2011 — The Davidoff “White Edition” 2011 represents the new concept of this year’s Davidoff Limited Edition. Apart from the famous main ring bearing the Davidoff Logo, the graceful Belicoso Supremo format cigar is accentuated through the elegant vintage footband of the cigars wearing the a “2011“ pearlescent insignia and is presented in an imposing, luscious white-lacquered box. The “White Edition” 2011 is not only seducing by its attractive appearance! The San Vicente and Piloto fillers are combined from four different cultivation areas in the Dominican Republic. Before processing, the tobacco was aged for more than five years gaining their characteristic and balanced flavor. A Peruvian Corojo binder and a Dominican Criollo wrapper award the cigar with a balanced stimulation. The new “White Edition” 2011 inspires with spicy, slightly sweet notes and a long lasting aftertaste, rewarding the aficionado with an exceptional smoke indulgence.

Here’s what I said about the Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011 back in March 2012:

For what could be described as a featured release, this cigar left a lot to be desired. There are some enjoyable flavors that come out, but not enough to really engage my palate. It’s almost as if this cigar is geared towards that affluent individual who likes to smoke a big game but doesn’t want a lot of flavors to challenge his palate. Given that the Davidoff LE 2011 comes with a price tag of $28.50 at the Davidoff shop in the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian in Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but feeling like it was geared at a totally different clientele than I’m a part of. Yes, it’s luxurious, but there are a lot of ‘luxurious’ cigars out there that deliver better bang for my buck. While one of my colleagues has made no secret of his fondness for Davidoff, I make no secret that I’ve yet to find that Davidoff cigar geared for my palate. There are a few that have been close, most recently the Puro d’Oro line, but none have really nailed it, including this one. That doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying them, though.

  • Cigar Reviewed: Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Cigars Davidoff
  • Wrapper: Dominican Criollo
  • Binder: Peruvian Corojo
  • Filler: Dominican Criollo (San Vicente & Piloto)
  • Size: 5 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Vitola: Belicoso Supremo
  • MSRP: $19.00 (Boxes of 10, $190.00)
  • Date Released: September 2011
  • Number of Cigars Released: 8,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (80,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 1

The Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011 is a medium shade of brown with some darker spots and a bit of tooth and a few small veins. The pre-light aroma is light and sweet, with notes of orange and apricot and a sneaky amount of pepper. The cold draw is unchallenging but not overly loose and doesn’t present a ton of flavors; what is there is light and sweet. There are no soft spots, with the cigar showing a uniform fill and just a slight bit of give.

The cigar starts very sharp and twangy thanks to a surprising amount of pepper in the first third, with a somewhat sour note coming out that just doesn’t sit right on the palate and contributes to a long, lingering finish that lasts most of the first third and keeps the tongue tingling long after the cigar has been set down to rest. The flavors start to settle down by the end of the first third, and the Davidoff Belicoso Supremo begins to add a chalky note by the time the burn line reaches the midpoint.

Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011

There are a few sour notes that start to creep out again around the midpoint and as the transition to the final third begins, making for a less than enjoyable flavor profile. The flavor turns genuinely peppery in the final third but still has an underlying sharpness that is tough to put an enjoyable spin on.  The burn line stays sharp throughout the entire cigar and requires just one brief touch-up, while smoke production stays thick and plentiful throughout.

72 Overall Score

I don't know what I was expecting—or maybe just hoping—to happen to this cigar in the 15 months or so since I'd last smoked it, but in some ways it turned out to be even less palatable than it had been for the original review. The sourness is a tough one to excuse, and a flavor profile that I described as not engaging to my palate became basically a turn-off to my palate. There are some decent spots but they are few and far between. Maybe I'm just not wired to like the flavor profile that the Davidoff Belicoso Supremo Limited White Edition 2011 has to offer; regardless, I won't be returning to it anytime in the foreseeable future.

Original Score (March 2012)
Redux Score (August 2013)

Patrick Lagreid
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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.

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