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Davidoff Puro d’Oro

Luxury cigar manufacturer Davidoff of Geneva recently released Puro d’Oro, a new line of premium cigars from the Dominican Republic. Founded in Cuba in 1967, Davidoff moved its entire production to the Dominican Republic in 1990, under the supervision of tobacco great Hendrik Kelner. The move allowed the company to position itself as a global luxury cigar brand. With a focus on quality and consistency, Davidoff slowly and deliberately launched new lines over the years, such as the Classic and Mille series and the Grand Cru and Aniversario lines. In 2001, The Davidoff Millennium Blend became the fullest-bodied experience the company ever offered. Though limited editions (one shape, one blend) are released annually, the Davidoff Puro d’Oro is an entirely new line with an entirely new flavor and concept.

Kelner began the early development and experimentation of this tobacco in 1996. Though original attempts were unsuccessful, he continued to try different seeds and, more impressively, crossbred seeds in order to create a unique hybrid that is more resistant to some of the region’s challenges. In 2003, Kelner was drawn to the incredibly rich, red clay-like soil in Yamasa, southeast of Santiago in the mountains of Dominican Republic. Yamasa’s unique soil and climate deliver an equally unique flavor. In 2006, he finally was satisfied with the crop, and began storing this tobacco, allowing it to age until it was ready to be used for this special project. A Dominican puro, this line of cigars takes inspiration from Davidoff’s Cuban era—simple boxes, simple packaging, with all the focus on the cigar itself. Adorned only with an embossed band on the cigar’s foot to indicate the format, these gorgeous smokes are made entirely of Dominican tobacco, including the precious wrapper leaf grown in Yamasa. Available in four formats, the cigars offer notes of coffee and spices in the finish.