Gift­guide A ci­gar-lover’s

As the hol­i­day sea­son edges closer, we in­ves­ti­gate some of the finest gifts avail­able for men and women who love cigars

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David­off has gone all-out with gift ideas this win­ter, hav­ing launched a new line of cigars over the last six months. The com­pany’s ac­ces­sories line has also been beefed up over re­cent months, mean­ing that its stores are now one-stop shops for ci­gar lovers look­ing for gifts. This year, the com­pany says that its Es­cu­rio line—the new Brazil­ian ci­gar range—heads up its sug­ges­tions for gifts for men and women. We delve into the top picks for the win­ter sea­son.

Es­cu­rio, the Brazil­ian ci­gar

In Rio de Janeiro, the David­off mas­ter blen­der found in­spi­ra­tion for the new David­off Es­cu­rio. Ac­cord­ing to David­off, with its elec­tri­fy­ing nights and hot Latin rhythms, Brazil rep­re­sents a pul­sat­ing ‘joie de vivre’. The ci­gar, then, de­lights the taste buds with a spicy sweet­ness and boasts a cen­tre made of the finest Brazil­ian tobacco. With el­e­ments in­clud­ing chili pep­per, oak wood, liquorice, fruits, salt and leather, the Es­cu­rio sends con­nois­seurs on an en­tic­ing jour­ney with in­no­va­tive in­dul­gences.

Es­cu­rio Jet-flame Lighter

The unique matt black Es­cu­rio Jet Flame Lighter is the cen­tre­piece of the new ac­ces­sories range. It has been de­signed for ad­ven­tur­ous and am­bi­tious afi­ciona­dos, in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with lead­ing lighter man­u­fac­tur­ers. The pow­er­ful blue flame ig­nites cigars quickly and evenly.

Es­cu­rio Punch Cut­ter

With the matt black Punch Cut­ter, which is made of zinc al­loy, afi­ciona­dos can taste the full in­ten­sity of the new David­off Es­cu­rio Blend. The 9.9mm-long ra­zor sharp blade can cut cigars with a ring gauge of up to 70. The stylish leather strap in the vi­brant Es­cu­rio colours em­pha­sises the con­tem­po­rary fash­ion­able look and can be used as a key ring when nec­es­sary.

The Sir Win­ston Churchill

A spe­cial for the Es­cu­rio range, the Sir Win­ston Churchill is in­spired by the fa­mous man who cel­e­brated the rich­ness of life and its ad­ven­tures. He was a man with many faces and di­men­sions, and a man with a multi-faceted per­son­al­ity, who stood out from the crowd. This was rea­son enough for David­off to cre­ate a very spe­cial ci­gar, in­spired by the fa­mous states­man. The enor­mous chal­lenge came in the blend of to­bac­cos from Nicaragua, Mex­ico, Ecuador and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, which har­monise per­fectly, and re­flect the per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter­is­tics of this great man.

Es­cu­rio Leather Cases

Th­ese exquisitely fin­ished ci­gar cases are man­u­fac­tured in Spain us­ing smooth buf­falo leather. Their vi­brant colours are re­vealed on open­ing and give the cases a touch of el­e­gance and sen­su­al­ity, com­bined with a fresh, mod­ern style. The leather is tanned us­ing nat­u­ral pro­cesses. The cases are coloured and sewn by hand. Th­ese fas­ci­nat­ing leather cases are avail­able in two sizes: large for the Es­cu­rio Gran Toro and Ro­busto, and an es­sen­tial new mini for­mat – es­pe­cially for two Short Ro­bus­tos.

Padrón has re­leased a new line of cigars, which it says is for those who seek the qual­ity and con­sis­tency of its brand, but in a milder taste pro­file. The line is named af­ter Dá­maso Padrón, the grand­fa­ther of com­pany founder José O. Padrón. Dá­maso be­gan the fam­ily tra­di­tion of grow­ing tobacco in Cuba, hav­ing left the Ca­nary Is­lands in search of greener pas­tures, so it makes sense that his name is now fea­tured on an en­tire line.

The line fea­tures four cigars to start off with—the No. 8, the No. 12, the No. 15 and the No. 17. The No. 8 comes with a 46 ring gauge and is five-and-a-half inches in length, while the No. 12 is shorter and fat­ter, which a five-inch length and a ring gauge of 50. The No. 15 comes with a 52 ring gauge and a length of six inches, and the No. 17 is the daddy of the range, with a length of seven inches and a ring gauge of 54.

The range is long-awaited by fans of the brand, thanks to it fea­tur­ing a Con­necti­cut wrap­per. What’s more, it’s the first new line re­leased by Padrón since the Fam­ily Re­serve line was launched in 2008. The new Con­necti­cut wrap­per isn’t the only new thing that the Dá­maso line of­fers, ei­ther—the cigars are rounded vi­to­las, as op­posed to be­ing box-pressed like the brand’s other lines are. The cigars will also be placed in cel­lo­phane—which is an­other first for Padrón.

Ac­cord­ing to José O. Padrón, there’s plenty in the new line that the brand should be proud of—and he cer­tainly thinks that his grand­fa­ther would be happy about his name adorn­ing the line’s boxes.

“The ci­gar was named for my grand­fa­ther Dá­maso, who was the first Padrón to ar­rive in Cuba some­time in the late 1800s from the Ca­nary Is­lands. In Cuba, we called peo­ple there ‘Isleños’. They were se­ri­ous peo­ple who kept their word. Isleños tended to work in farming, and in this tra­di­tion my grand­fa­ther rented a small piece of land in Pi­nar del Rio and started grow­ing tobacco,” he says.

“Dá­maso was an hon­est, de­cent man and a hard worker. He taught us to hon­our our word and be hum­ble. Th­ese are lessons that have stayed with me through­out my life. I have tried to pass them on to my chil­dren. It means a lot to me that we are making this ci­gar in hon­our of my grand­fa­ther. He gave us life, a fam­ily and our start in the in­dus­try. I hope he’s some­where look­ing down and feel­ing proud of the com­pany we have built. I’d like to think Dá­maso would be hon­oured that we are con­tin­u­ing his legacy. He would be proud that cigars bear­ing his name are sold around the world.”

The new cigars rep­re­sent a new di­rec­tion for the brand.

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