Brand: Davidoff Country: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 x 50 Wrapper: Connecticut
The Label Factor:
There is something about this label that doesn’t sit well with me — not because it’s ugly or bad, but because it conjures up some hazy, almost forgotten memory from my distant past. I look at this label and inexplicably associate it with a dreary, rainy day. That’s especially weird considering this Davidoff has a bright white background with sunny-gold text. Frankly, I don’t like this label for reasons that are irrational and have nothing to do with its quality. As a result, being a judger of books by their covers, I would not see this cigar on a shelf and think to myself “I want to smoke that.”
What We Liked:
I had always heard great things about Davidoff but never got around to smoking one. Lucky for me, a friend had obtained one during his wedding and figured that I could appreciate it more. Don’t worry, I did the obligatory “Oh no, you should totally keep it, I don’t deserve this.” But on the inside it was all “Yes, yes…”. Consider it appreciated.
I don’t feel like enough cigars come in the perfecto shape. I would like to know why that is because it makes the cutting and lighting process a breeze. What resulted was a fantastic burn with a silky smooth draw that produced ample amounts of thick smoke. You could even say that the draw and burn were perfect-o. I’ll see myself out.
After a disappointing start to the journey, which you will hear more about in the following section, the Geneve Short Perfecto took the next exit from Harsh Highway. I was thankful for this, as it lead me to a milder, yet more flavorful place. If I had to sum up the flavors found here mid-smoke in one word, it would be “earth”. The complexity wasn’t astounding but expect to find a combination of grassiness, cedar and a bit of hay thrown in for good measure. I have said before that this isn’t my preferred flavor profile. But, if that’s your thing, the Davidoff Geneve may be right up your alley.
What We Didn’t Like:
There exists an ancient Chinese proverb, “这是骗人的”. Loosely translated, it means “Cigars should not start and end harshly.” Right off the bat, you get cardboard and spice. Thankfully, this didn’t last much longer than the first inch.
But….the finish was also bad. Just when I was starting to think, “ya know, maybe this cigar is decent”..BAM! Here comes the cardboard and spicy harshness again. It really doesn’t matter how good the middle section of a cigar is. If the start and end are this jarring, you will remember.
Should You Try/Buy It:
If you, like me, tend to avoid cigars with grassy, harsher flavors, then you should probably avoid the Geneve Short Perfecto. If this is your bag, then the Geneve may be your cigar. At least you won’t have to worry about construction. For me, $14 is an insane price when there are so many sticks that cost less and taste leaps and bounds better. In fact, almost everything in our top ten is the same price or cheaper.