Davidoff Millennium Blend

The Wednesday night review for this week is for the Davidoff Millennium Blend Petit Corona (4.5×41). I was gifted a five-pack of these a month ago and have been eyeballing one of them every time I opened the humidor since then. I’ve had a couple of the milder Davidoffs but had been looking forward to trying what is billed as a more full-bodied blend from them.

The construction was absolutely perfect, a very smooth and supple wrapper, very well done cap and perfect feel when squeezed. Pre-lite the cigar had a taste of raisins, something I often find in some full-bodied cigars, with a comfortable draw. The first third started off rather harsh and bitter but smoothed within a half inch. Right from the start this was definitely more full bodied than any Davidoff I’ve had before. Once the harshness subsided it was rather creamy for a cigar so full bodied.

Even before the first third had finished the harshness and bitterness from the beginning had returned. It was not quite the same harshness that comes from smoking a cigar too fast, and not quite the same as a cigar that is just too full bodied for you (Joya de Nicaragua Antano for me), but every bit as unpleasant nonetheless. Almost as quickly as it returned it disappeared, but continued to present itself for the rest of the cigar. The burn was fairly even, but tended to tunnel when not smoked at just the proper pace.

For such a small cigar there were quite a few touch-ups required to keep it from going out because of the tunneling. When the cigar wasn’t harsh it was very enjoyable, delivering differing amounts of flavor and complexity each and every time. However when I got a mouthful of the harsh and bitter smoke it was as unappealing as any dog rocket I’ve even had the displeasure to smoke. I’ve definitely never had a cigar I liked and disliked so much all at the same time…now that’s complexity…I guess.

In particular there was about three quarters of an inch, right in the middle of this cigar, that was absolutely outstanding. Every draw was different, some were light and creamy while the very next draw might be full bodied and heavy, lingering on the palate. I would have been absolutely floored had this entire cigar been that good. Unfortunately the unpleasant draws returned much too soon and I was left wondering what went wrong.

By the beginning of the last third the unappealing draws were beginning to seriously outnumber the appealing ones so I allowed the cigar to extinguish itself in the ashtray. I’m hoping that the harshness was a result of this not being properly aged, maybe it was in its "sick period"? I’ve got four more of these I’ll allow to sit for quite a while before I work up the courage to have another, I’m hoping the really good flavors that were present in the background will come to the foreground. I think it could be a really enjoyable cigar.