Sweet and spicy

David­off in­vites afi­ciona­dos to the Fair­mont the Palm to sam­ple the newly launched Es­cu­rio range, which was in­spired by rio de janeiro

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David­off re­cently hosted adi­ciona­dos at the Fair­mont the Palm, Dubai, for an evening of in­no­va­tion and ex­cite­ment. The night was aimed at of­fer­ing Dubai-based cigar-lovers a taste of David­off’s new Es­cu­rio range. In­spired by Zino David­off’s pi­o­neer­ing spirit, the brand says that the Es­cu­rio range is a con­tin­u­a­tion of its mis­sion to al­low the mod­ern afi­cionado to ex­pe­ri­ence in­no­va­tive, unique blends and un­for­get­table cigars.

This mis­sion, David­off says, led it to cre­ate the Es­cu­rio, a Brazil­ian cigar that de­liv­ers an in­tense, spicy-sweet palate stim­u­la­tion, cou­pled with the sig­na­ture David­off re­fine­ment. David­off found in­spi­ra­tion for the blend in Rio, the soul of Brazil, and the rhythms, in­trigue, and rich ex­pe­ri­ences of the city’s nights. The cigar is sup­posed to mimic an ad­ven­tur­ous evening in Rio, car­ry­ing smok­ers

along on a taste adventure with un­ex­pected twists and turns.

The event gath­ered over 100 cigar afi­ciona­dos, and they were in for a pretty unique ex­pe­ri­ence. At the en­trance of the Fair­mont Palm the well-dressed hostesses, wear­ing black dresses and green scarves (the Es­cu­rio colours), asked each guest which taste pro­file they pre­ferred—sweet or spicy. Upon an­swer­ing, the guests were handed yel­low rub­ber bracelet if they chose sweet, and a green one if they chose spicy. The jour­ney of taste then started with two kinds of choco­late—one sweet and one spicy.

In­side the Es­cu­rio-branded lounge, the cock­tails of­fered were also sweet and spicy. The story con­tin­ued with the food canapés (serv­ing up the same taste pro­files) un­til the David­off re­vealed the Es­cu­rio cigars.

The new range comes in three for­mats—a pe­tit ro­busto at 3 ¼ inches and a ring gauge of 50; a ro­busto at 4 ½ inches and a ring gauge of 54; and a gran toro at 5 ½ inches and a ring gauge of 58.

The David­off Es­cu­rio Ro­busto was rated the best cigar in the Cigar Jour­nal’s spring blind tast­ing and got a 93 rat­ing prior to launch­ing in mar­kets: “A true sweet meets spice ex­pe­ri­ence, an over­all mas­ter­piece, an ex­plo­sion of dif­fer­ent notes com­pa­ra­ble to a flavour en­cy­clo­pe­dia,” states Cigar Jour­nal’s re­view.

More­over, quan­ti­ta­tive blind taste pan­els con­ducted in Ger­many and the USA on the new Es­cu­rio range have rated the cigar con­sis­tently as one of the best cigars ever tested amongst its Cuban, Do­mini­can, Nicaraguan and other to­bacco ori­gins.

The afi­ciona­dos at the Dubai event con­curred with this anal­y­sis, with each of the guests en­joy­ing the spicysweet flavours of the Es­cu­rio range. Cer­tainly, this Rioin­spired cigar gained a num­ber of new fans through­out the evening.

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