The shape of smoke

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In 1968, Rus­sian-born Zino David­off—whose well-stocked to­bacco store in Basel, Switzerland, had al­ready made him an in­ter­na­tion­ally known pur­veyor of Havana cigars—was given per­mis­sion by the Cuban gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish his own brand. Rather than em­u­late the col­or­ful bands his­tor­i­cally used for Cuban cigars, he opted for a min­i­mal­ist white oval band with his name in gold script. Even though David­off cigars are now pro­duced in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, the orig­i­nal band re­mains nearly unchanged and has be­come a mark of qual­ity among premium cigars.

This year, to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of what is now called the White Band, David­off has in­tro­duced a 6¾ × 50 Di­ade­mas Fi­nas (david­off .com). With its Ecuado­ran Ha­bano wrap­per, Do­mini­can Olor Seco binder, and 10-year-old Do­mini­can fillers, the cigar’s creamy smoke in­ter­twines around milk choco­late and honey sprin­kled with black pep­per and a touch of gin­ger.

The lim­ited-edi­tion cigar comes packed 10 per in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered porce­lain can­is­ter ($360) dec­o­rated by French artist Mar­i­ane Léger. Also avail­able will be a lim­ited-edi­tion “Caves du Monde” hu­mi­dor de­signed by Léger, in gold-in­laid sy­camore, birch, or walnut; and a 50th-an­niver­sary lighter. —RICHARD CAR­LETON HACKER

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