The Davidoff Year of the Pig Limited Edition 2019 is the latest addition to the company’s line that celebrates the Chinese New Year (aka “Zodiac Series”). They started this tradition with the 2011 release of the Davidoff Cuvée Selection 2012 Year of the Dragon. Oddly, that was the only release in the series to have “Cuvée Selection” as part of the name. Since then, all Zodiac cigars have been named Davidoff [insert zodiac animal] Limited Edition [insert Chinese New Year]. The year coincides with the Chinese New Year (while the actual releases are typically months prior—e.g. late 2018 with the Year of the Pig) and the animal reflects one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. Each sign has different meanings and personality traits. For example, I was born in the Year of the Snake, which means I am enigmatic, intelligent, wise (all 100% true), and also a Slytherin (only about 85% true).
Year of the Pig Limited Edition 2019 Breakdown
- Wrapper: Yamasá (Dominican Republic)
- Binder: Sumatra (Mexico)
- Filler: Dominican
- San Vicente Ligero
- San Vicente Mejorados Visus
- Piloto Visus
- Piloto Volado
- Yamasá Visus
- Factory: Cigars Davidoff (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Limited Edition (9,300 boxes of 10)
- Vitola: 6″ x 56 (Gran Toro)
- Price: $39.00 (MSRP)
The latest iteration of the annual Zodiac Series is the Davidoff Year of the Pig, being released in November of 2018. For those of you scoring at home, that is just over two months before Chinese New Year, which took place on February 5, 2019. Davidoff Year of the Pig is available in 10-count boxes, while most retailers offer both boxes and singles.
|Cigar Release Year||Zodiac Year||Cigar|
|2011||2012||Year of the Dragon (Asian market exclusive)|
|2012||2013||Year of the Snake|
|2013||2014||Year of the Horse|
|2014||2015||Year of the Sheep|
|2015||2016||Year of the Monkey|
|2016||2017||Year of the Rooster|
|2017||2018||Year of the Dog|
|2018||2019||Year of the Pig|
This series of limited-edition cigars from Davidoff has taken on a consistent look throughout the years (with the exception of the original Year of the Dragon). They feature the traditional white and gold Davidoff band along with a red and gold secondary band, with a unique design featuring each year’s animal. The Year of the Pig, however, did not have a picture of a pig, as can be seen in the photos below (although the boxes do showcase the pig artwork). The bands simply have text identifying the cigar as “Year of the Pig,” with a geometric design on either side of the text. It also features a muddled pigtail cap (I’d be upset if it didn’t). Overall, it’s a good looking cigar, but probably the least visually appealing offering in the line.
The Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper caused me to write “super smooth wrapper” in my notes. So, for what it’s worth, the wrapper was super smooth.
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The Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper gave off notes of warm baking spice, mild black pepper, and mild raisin. The cold draw tasted like oatmeal cookie with raisin, but also left a note of black pepper on the lips. There was some leather and earth mixed in there too. This told me I was about to fire up a cigar that is not your average Davidoff (i.e. this one was going to have some punch).
The first third started out beautifully, with notes of cedar, bread, and mild sweet cream. This would become an ongoing theme for the next few hours. As I progressed through the first third, I found notes of anise, black pepper, and smoky wood. The black pepper spice became more of a core flavor—along with cedar, bread, and sweet cream—as the first third came to a close. Flavor, strength, and body were medium-plus across the board.
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The middle of the cigar saw a growth in flavor and the sweet cream note gave way to dry honey sweetness. The strength took a small step forward as well. It was a medium-plus for me, but I wouldn’t argue if you wanted to call it full. Everything intensified in the middle third and it was absolutely glorious.
The final third brought about a nice melding of flavors that sort of evened everything out. Notes of cedar, honey, bread, and black pepper were still the main actors, and they formed a fantastic cast. A note of roasted peanuts showed up for the last few inches and added a nice final layer to an ever-changing yet balanced profile.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
Hell yes! At least I hope I get the chance to. Is it worth $39? Well, that is a question only you can answer. This is more of a philosophical argument for me. I don’t know that I would pay $39 for any cigar…
- Year of the Pig is the eighth cigar in the Zodiac Series (when counting the occasionally unlisted 2011 release of Davidoff Year of the Dragon).
- 2020 will be the Year of the Rat, which could prove to be interesting.
- The next Chinese New Year is on January 25, 2020.
- The date of Chinese New Year is set by the Chinese Lunar Calendar and it changes every year.
- Chinese New Year falls between January 21st and February 20th.
- Flavor: Full
- Strength: Medium-plus
- Body: Medium-plus
- Sweet cream
- Black pepper spice
- Smoke Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- Pairing Recommendation: Any not-too-sweet coffee-based beverage | Aged rum | Root beer | Green Spot Irish whiskey | Angel’s Envy rye
- Purchase Recommendation: Get as many as your budget will allow
- Beautifully Complex and Balanced Flavor
- Flawless Construction
- Long-lasting smoke
- Price point