Connoisseur's Corner: A 100-Pointer
(From the February 2011 issue of Cigar Aficionado) What does it take to achieve perfection? A fine draw, complex flavors and an irrepressible gravitational pull on the cigar smoker that simply won’t allow him to leave the cigar alone in the ashtray. We speak of the Davidoff Château Lafite Rothschild, a not terribly long (4 5/8 inches) and not terribly fat (40 ring gauge) cigar. Good even in youth, this cigar has turned into perfection after being carefully aged for 21 years. Sadly, the delicious smoke (like all Cuban Davidoffs) is no longer produced. The same holds true for the Dunhill Estupendo, which if not perfect was a classic at 96 points. The trick for a cigar smoker is to predict a bit of the future; one needs to identify superb cigars today that just might blossom into classic smokes—perhaps, even, the perfect smokes—in years.