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DAVIDOFF GOLDEN BAND AWARDS | CIGAR REVIEW

JANUARY 20, 2022 - PHIL KURUT, COMEDY - CIGARS - MUSIC


DAVIDOFF GOLDEN BAND AWARDS ROBUSTO (5 1/4 x 52)

WRAPPER: DOMINICAN YAMASA

BINDER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

FILLER: DOMINICAN REPBULIC

Spice and sweet woodiness open the curtains for the GBA. I’m calling it the GBA. Draw and smoke output match each other in excellence. The retrohale flows through cleanly with just the slightest bit of pleasant earthiness, while the finish is spicy and smooth.


Wood drops out, allowing earth to inherit the lead, but that touch of sugary sweetness remains intact. Spice stays on, but a few notches down on the scale.


The GBA doesn’t blow up the screen with explosions, car chases, and over the top choreographed fight scenes, but not every good cigar has to be an action movie. Some of the best movies simply tell a story. No plot twists. No tear-jerking drama. Just a good story. The GBA tells a good story so far.

Earth and sweetness continue to provide a foundation for a touch of chocolate and leather to gracefully dance. Again, the GBA chooses to flow through the senses instead of beating them to a pulp. Class.


The retrohale continues to flow cleanly like a musician who doesn’t so much play his instrument as he becomes his instrument. It always amazes me when I watch a drummer or guitar player who has attained that level. I’ve had the opportunity to play with a few guitar players who I almost feel go misnamed as players. They don’t play, they transcend.


Was that deep? I feel like that was deep. You can use that in your next social media post.


The finish teeters towards creamy and completely attains smoothness. Smooth leather, a touch of coffee, and spice that just barely speaks. Perfect. I’m typically not a fan of leather, but good is good.


Reminds me of the movie Amélie. I had no interest, basically due to subtitles. Not my thing, but I gave it a shot anyway. Good movie. I still don’t like subtitles, but good is good.


And, for the record, overdubbing is far worse than subtitles. I always think of old kung fu movies, but who really watches those for the dialogue anyway.


Also, for the record, Bruce Lee was the best, much like Michael Jordan.

Coffee drips in a bit more now, during both the draw and finish. Afternoon sips, just because.


Cedar finds its place in the mix near the finale, as chocolate continues to step on stage from time to time. No drama.


My trusty corn nubber gets put to use.


The burn. Frankly, I haven’t thought about it because, well, I haven’t had to think about it.


Nice and smooth. Well done, GBA.

SMOKE TIME: 1 hr. 47 mins.

RATING: 3.25 / 4 - No tear-jerking drama. Just a good story.

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