Ever wonder what would happen if you took the wrapper off a classic Davidoff White label cigar and replaced it with a Cuban-seed wrapper from Ecuador? If the answer is yes, then the new Davidoff 702 Series will satisfy your curiosity. The Swiss cigarmaker has taken seven classic portfolio sizes and switched out the mild Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper for a spicier Cuban-seed Ecuadoran Habano cover leaf.
Davidoff says it hopes the wrapper—a hybrid, grown from three Habano-seed varietals—will give a "bolder edge" to the existing cigars within the Davidoff brand, known colloquially as "Davidoff White Label". The 702 Habano wrapper is said to be grown in the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador at the foothills of the Andes mountains.
Other than the new wrapper, the 702 Series cigars have the same Dominican (or Ecuadoran) binder and Dominican fillers, dimensions and box-counts as the original vitolas.
The new series is shipping to retailers now and consists of seven sizes: Entreacto, which measures 3 1/2 inches by 43 ring gauge and retails for $11.40; No. 2, 6 by 38 ($21.40); 2000, 5 1/16 by 43 ($15.80); Special R, 4 7/8 by 50 ($21.40); Aniversario No. 3, 6 by 50 ($26.90); Special T, 6 by 52 ($25.20); and Double R, 7 1/2 by 50 ($36.50).
All the cigars are straight-sided parejos other than the Special T, which is a torpedo. The Entreacto and No. 2 are available in limited quantities and can only be purchased at Davidoff of Geneva retail shops. Special T and Double R are available in the United States, exclusively, while the remaining five sizes will be released worldwide in February, but only for a limited time.
If the number 702 sounds vaguely familiar, it's because the hybrid wrapper has made appearances on Davidoff products before, most notably the Limited Edition Toro Especial "Selección 702" released in 2009.
Made in the Dominican Republic at the Cigars Davidoff factory, the cigars come packed in slide-lid wooden boxes of 20 or 25 (depending on the size), as well as five-packs, and contain a secondary white-and-gold band, denoting the size and new "702" distinction.
For a vertical rating of the entire line, see an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.