Cigar Review: Davidoff Millenium Blend Robusto

Millennium Blend

Whenever I come into a cigar shop that has Davidoff Cigars, it is hard not to gravitate towards that area and pick some up. I love having some of these lying around in my humidor for some special occasions, and I have had a couple lying in my humidor waiting for that occasion. Well, today I am saying screw the special occasion and lighting up the cigar out of pure enjoyment. I guess you could say I was celebrating the fact that it is December and I am gathering all my notes for the publication of my Top 25 Cigars of 2012. It really is a crucial time of the year, because I keep on plugging away on new reviews, and they are in the running for the Top 25 list like all other cigars I have smoked since its publication.
The Millennium Blend was originally released in 1999, and it was limited to only the Lancero vitola. Throughout the years additional lines were added on, and in 2001 they added the Robusto vitola which I am reviewing today. The tobacco in this line is aged for a minimum of four years, and features a wrapper that has been fermented for an additional period of time. The cigar is composed of predominantly Dominican tobacco, featuring Dominican fillers and a Dominican binder. The wrapper on the cigar however is Connecticut seed that is Sun-grown in Ecuador. The cigar has a light Colorado coloring and it is very smooth and silky with almost no veins present. The aroma of the cigar is that of cedar, hay, cocoa and lemongrass, and it is very enjoyable.

Gorgeous wrapper

Lighting up the cigar it begins fairly soft, and is showing tons of complex flavors. There is a nice bit of cocoa and coffee bean notes showing up at the beginning, and it is showing some wonderful hay and leather notes with that. There is a nice finish of cedar to the cigar, and it has a floral and spice finish to it. The cigar is producing a fair burn line, not perfect, but pretty sound and it is showing a lovely ash that has light gray coloring with bits of white here and there. There is a nice amount of smoke being produced with each puff, and the strength of the cigar is right at that medium body level which is perfect anytime of day. Overall this is a classic Davidoff beginning, and a wonderful cigar to start of end the day with.

First Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar I am finding the spice and floral notes to be slightly more prominent, and they are pairing with the coffee notes very well. There is a nice bit of hay and leather to that flavor profile and it has a finish of oak and strong cocoa notes. I have to say that the transition into the second third was very enjoyable, and this is the sweet spot to the cigar. In the second third of the cigar the burn line was very even, practically razor sharp, and it was still producing that light gray ash with bits of white showing up here and there. The strength of the cigar is still at that medium body level, and it is a cigar that has a consistent strength level that focuses on very enjoyable flavors. I am in the final third of the cigar now and it is still smoking wonderfully. This is a cigar and line that shows great Dominican and Cubanesque qualities. It is a cigar that is meant to capture smokers throughout the whole world, and it is a global line because of that. The burn line remained razor sharp in the final third, and with that it was still producing that lovely light gray, near white ash. The strength of the cigar was remaining at a medium body throughout, and it is definitely a solid medium body smoke. In terms of flavors the cigar began to show some more grassy and hay notes in this third, and the cocoa and coffee bean flavor profile became somewhat softer. There was still a lovely light spice and floral flavor profile to the cigar, and it had a very smooth finish that was enjoyable all the way to the nub.   

Nice Burn

This is a terrific robusto, and it is packed with amazing flavors and incredible construction. I always say that Davidoff is the brand that makes cigars which are accepted and loved by the American market, and cigars that are accepted and loved by the international market. Whether you are in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Hong Kong or Dubai, the Davidoff brand is well respected by cigar smokers and has its following. I don’t smoke these cigars often, but when I do they are truly a treasure to have. I find that this line to be the best of the Davidoff brand, and I always recommend the cigar to any smoker looking for a high quality cigar. If you ever want to smoke a cigar that is truly one of the best of the best cigars then this is it. While the Ashton VSG, Padron 1964, and Fuente Fuente Opus X are the benchmarks of classic cigars for the American market, this is a cigar that is the benchmark for the global market. I give this smoke a solid 94, and this smoke will definitely be on my mind as the Top 25 countdown approaches. 

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Millennium Blend Robusto
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