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#NowSmoking: Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021

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#NowSmoking: Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Cigar Review

Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Cigars

Factory: Cigars Davidoff in the Dominican Republic
Size: (7” x 48) Churchill
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Ecuador Hybrid 238
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Dominican Republic

Presented in boxes of 10 cigars

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The Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Backstory

Every great story deserves a trilogy, and the third installment of Davidoff’s Chefs Edition series in a Churchill size has debuted with critical acclaim. I’m here to find out if it’s worth your hard-earned cigar money in this #NowSmoking cigar review Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021.

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The Chefs Edition 2021 lid comes with two slots for rocks glasses filled with your favorite spirits.

The blend is a collaboration with Davidoff and four world-renowned chefs: Juan Amador of Italy, Norbert Niederkofler of Austria, Masa Takayama of New York City, and Jorge Vallejo of Mexico City.

As they would painstakingly select the finest ingredients for the dishes they serve in their top-tier restaurants, these culinary experts were selected to ensure not only the finest tobaccos were used, but that they were also sustainably sourced. We’ve talked before about how cigars are so similar to food. Too much – or little – of an ingredient can lead to a bad experience in either. Balance is necessary, and that’s why Davidoff has entrusted the best in the dining industry to help them craft an incredible cigar.

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The Chefs Edition 2021 box is also a limited-edition Davidoff ashtray.

Additionally, each box of these limited-edition cigars are presented in ceramic boxes that serve as an ashtray with the underside of its wooden lid providing two convenient slots for rocks glasses.


The Basics at-a-Glance

Construction: Brown, slightly reddish hue. Well-rolled with an excellent draw.
Cold Draw: Dried fruit.
Base flavors: Wood, light spices, citrus, and a touch of mineral on the finish.
Aroma: Nutty with a hint of buttered popcorn.
Burn & Ash: Only one touch-up on a very humid, rainy day. Burned beautifully with minimal issues.

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#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 could easily be your next celebration cigar.


Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Cigar Review – Act I

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The cigar begins with flavors of wood, light spices, some citrus zest, and a pinch of mineral that I picked up on the finish. This story is more or less the same for all three acts – Chefs Edition 2021 isn’t notably complex in any fashion. But that’s okay, there being no surprises isn’t really a bad thing. What you’re getting is a medium-bodied blend that colors inside the lines. No throat or nose burnout. No palpitations. No watering eyes. Just you and a great stick.


Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Cigar Review – Act II

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If anything, the only change in the midsection of Chefs Edition 2021 is that it’s a tad sweeter and even smoother. Those same flavors I mentioned above haven’t changed, and it’s even mellower through the nose. Might not be a bad cigar to help you learn to retrohale (if you haven’t yet) since there’s very little pepper there. I had one touch-up for the burn around that time, but otherwise, the cigar was burning very well with a salt and pepper ash.


Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Cigar Review – Act III

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The finale of Chefs Edition 2021 is a little richer. The flavors are the same, but they seem to be a bit creamier in terms of smoke thickness. You can almost chew it. There’s a little earth mixed in with the wood and spices, and the flavors are at their sweetest yet. Still no burn issues, and I’m extremely impressed with how consistent the flavors are. It barely deviates for nearly an hour and a half. The good news is if you like these kind of woody, earthy cigars with light spices and sweetness, you’re gonna have a ton of time to enjoy it.


What beverage pairs well with Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021?

Something on the easier-going side. Maybe a lighter pilsner or a pale ale – or even some 7Up and gin. I’d just steer clear of the harder stuff because I think it’ll overpower the blend. 

For additional pairing combinations, check out our Cigar & Spirit pairing guide.


Is Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 Worth Smoking?

Unless you’ve got your own rocket fleet sending celebrities into space, a $40 cigar is probably not going to be your daily…but…if you’re a fan of Davidoff, this might be an awesome way to splurge on yourself. You know – cigars to save for special occasions. Of course, smoke one right away. But leave the rest for the big moments in your life, because Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 will only get better with age.

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Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

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