It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Davidoff Yamasá. For this review, I smoke the 5×50 Robusto. This stick features wrapper and binder leaves from the Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic. It is said this region is very marshy making tobacco growth difficult. Inside the cigar are long fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Yamasá comes with a hefty MSRP of $19.70.
The wrapper produces a woody aroma, while I smell a sweeter wood out of the foot. On the cold draw, I don’t pick up any noticeable flavor. Once lit, smoke output is low giving me leather and earth. Through the nose, I pick up light cedar and white pepper. The finish consists of black pepper spice, cocoa, and leather.
Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up oily leather with some grass and black pepper. Through the nose, there is a subtle asparagus note with black pepper. The finish gives me rich cocoa and black licorice. Strength settles in at the medium mark, while body is at medium-to-full.
The second third gets me to forty minutes. There is more leather on the draw with a lot of Dominican twang. On the retro-hale, I get a grass and black pepper mix. The finish offers up more black licorice with some black pepper. Strength and body are now both at the medium-to-full mark.
One hour and ten minutes in, the final third wisps away. On the draw, there is more Dominican twang with rich tobacco notes. Through the nose, I pick up sweet toast and black pepper. The finish explodes with black pepper, overwhelming any other flavors. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Davidoff Yamasá is a good cigar. It has a few good flavors, and construction is solid. However, I expected more from this cigar and was disappointed by the lack of complexity and depth. Carrying a nearly $20 price tag, it should offer much more. If I’m going to spend that much money on a cigar, you can bet I’m reaching for a different stick. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad smoke. I just think it’s over-priced. Give it a try if you’re okay with coughing up the coin, but don’t expect it to blow your mind.