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
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.”