Davidoff Cigars are the epitome of class, elegance, and exquisite craftsmanship. All with a dignified confidence matched by its role in shaping the cigar world.
In short, Davidoff Cigars, and the prolific Davidoff of Geneva, is imbued with the spirit of Zino Davidoff. A gentleman and a pioneer, dedicated to his craft. Without whom many groundbreaking advances in cigarmaking, which we take for granted today, would not have come into being.
As such, the story of Davidoff Cigars, and the foundation for cigars as we know them, begins in 1906. In Kyiv, with the birth of Zino Davidoff. Zino was the newest addition to a long line of Davidoff tobacconists. The latest heir to the rich aroma of fine tobacco leaves and the daily bustle of the business.
In 1911, the land was filled with political unrest. Caused by the tremors of the Worker’s Revolution in Ukraine and the beginnings of the Soviet Union. The Davidoffs moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where Zino’s father, Henri, founded Davidoff of Geneva.
Davidoff of Geneva proved successful, but as the business grew so did Zino’s strive for perfection. As a young man, Zino went on a pilgrimage through the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Learning from farmers and laborers the delicate, precise processes involved in growing the finest tobacco in the world.
Zino later returned to Geneva. Enlightened with the secrets of master tobacco cultivators and crafters. But he was met with Western Europe in turmoil, in the birth pangs of a world at war.
Many were shaken by the uncertainty and unrest that permeated the air. Zino took a deep breath, rolled up his sleeves, and began his revolution in the world of cigars.
He installed the world’s first climate controlled room in his family’s store in Geneva. Ensuring the freshness of the tobacco. In his pursuit to capture the luscious tropical birthplace of tobacco, he created a humidified box to preserve the tobacco. Naming the new invention a “humidor.”
His dedication to preservation was renowned in the industry. France was soon on the verge of an invasion. Leading Zino to be called upon to rescue the Parisian inventory of Cuban Havana cigars. Preserving them in preparation for the renascence of peace to the land.
Through Zino’s perseverance, Davidoff of Geneva became a sanctuary amidst the turmoil of war. Where Zino bonded with all manner of smokers seeking their momentary escape. Including the likes of King Farouk of Egypt, Baron Rothschild, Orson Welles, and actress Gina Lollobrigida.
When the tempest of World War II began to subside, Zino reconnected with Cuban tobacconists. Introducing the Chateau Series with the widely acclaimed Grand Cru in 1967. Named after famous wine estates in the Bordeaux region of France, in celebration of an evening spent enjoying Bordeaux wines.
The success of the series was soon followed by others. Including the lauded Davidoff No. 1, Davidoff No. 2, Davidoff Aniversario, Davidoff Nicaragua, and Ambassadrice lines.
In 1971, after partnering with his friend Dr. Ernst Schneider, Zino sold the company to Swiss tobacco distributor Oettinger Group. Called the Oettinger Davidoff Group today. He remained as a brand ambassador.
Zino’s relationship with the Cuban tobacconists blossomed. Eventually into his installment as one of the most important advisors in the Cuban Government. To ensure the quality of Cuban cigars after the revolution.
A master of navigating Cuban politics, Zino thrived. Through his role, Zino rescued revered brand. Including Upmann and Punch, by upending Fidel Castro’s decision to merge all the Cuban brands into one national brand.
Toward the late 1980s the relations between Zino and the Communist Party of Cuba soured. In 1989, incensed by the lack of quality, he publicly burned thousands of Cuban cigars.
Soon after, the production of Davidoff Cigars in Cuba officially ended in 1991. Later moved to the Dominican Republic, where it remains today. Which opened a new market in the United States!
Davidoff Cigars today continues the legacy of perseverance toward perfection and innovation with any leaf tobacco. Left behind by their gentleman patriarch in everything from the simple box and the exquisite wrapper. From the finishing of the cigars to the wide array of luxury accessories and spirits available through Davidoff of Geneva.
Most notable though are the various iterations of the renowned Grand Cru line. An exquisite line of smokes that serves as a connection to Davidoff Cigars’ rich heritage. With regal refinement and expert craftsmanship, Davidoff Cigars stands unparalleled in the world of premium cigars.
A true gentleman’s smoke and some of the finest available cigars online. While never having unreasonable cigar prices.
If anyone has doubts about its quality, they need only look to Cigar Aficionado. The respected publication recently gave the Davidoff Nicaragua Diadema a 94 point rating. Even awarding it the number three spot for its Top 25 of 2022.
The reviewer noted. “The blend was already bold to begin with. But the tapers and curves of the Diadema seem to sharpen this already tasty assemblage of tobacco. Bringing the overall smoking experience into better focus.
Precise notes of red fruit, walnut and maple syrup enhance the rich core of nutmeg with more levels of complexity. It’s as sophisticated in character as it is in appearance. Which consists of tobacco from Nicaragua’s major growing regions: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa and the volcanic island of Ometepe.”
When it comes to sophistication, grace, and refinement, nothing compares to Davidoff. A more civilized brand for the choosy connoisseur. Any cigar bought that carries the Davidoff name guarantees a smoking experience of grandeur.