Davidoff has announced details on the company’s latest addition to their annual Zodiac Series, dubbed Davidoff «Year of the Rat» Limited Edition 2020.
Following the Davidoff Year of the Pig Limited Edition 2019, «Year of the Rat» is considered the eighth official release in the series (though it could technically be considered the ninth, when counting 2011’s Year of the Dragon, an Asian-market exclusive). The cigars are themed around the Chinese calendar, with the Year of the Rat beginning on Jan. 25, 2020.
Each year, Davidoff showcases a completely new blend and size for the Zodiac Series. The «Year of the Rat» boasts an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and fillers of Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. This blend is described as being full-bodied, with “Distinctive notes of prune, cinnamon, spice and ginger,” which are said to be built around the “fortunate, generous and likeable personality of the rat.”
Davidoff «Year of the Rat» is packaged in an all-new layout, featuring boxes of 10 cigars that are finished in a red lacquer with gold accents. The boxes and cigar bands show Davidoff’s «Year of the Rat» icon, as well as a unique closing mechanism on the box—having two golden nobs, where a string can be wrapped around from the underside of the box. The cigars are accompanied by a full collection of cigar accessories, a pipe, pipe tobacco, and pipe accessories.
As with former Zodiac releases, the «Year of the Rat» is being released ahead of the calendar holiday (launching this November), allowing hobbyists the chance to acquire the merchandise in time for the official start of the Year of the Rat in January 2020. There will be 10,000 «Year of the Rat» cigar boxes released worldwide, 70 handcrafted pipes, 5,000 tins of pipe tobacco, 200 pipe pouches, and 250 cigar cases.
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«Year of the Rat» Limited Edition 2020 Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua | Dominican Republic
- Factory: Cigars Davidoff (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Limited Edition (100,000 cigars)
- Packaging: 10-ct boxes
- Vitola: 6″ x 52 (Toro)
- Price: $39.00 (MSRP/single) | $390.00 (MSRP/box)
- Release: Nov. 2019
|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|
|2019||2020||Year of the Rat|