Connoisseur's Corner: A Classic Cuban Davidoff

Davidoff Château Haut-Brion (1970)

This is a Cuban Davidoff made in the early 1970s. The cigar is over 40 years old, and shows an amazing amount of flavor and character. Mellowed a bit with age, so it is creamy on the palate, but with a solid core of cedar and spiciness all the way through to the long finish. A perfect small, full-bodied cigar. —Gordon Mott

Padrón Millennium (1999)

A box-pressed beauty that comes from the Padrón’s personal collection, and not banded with the traditional Millennium band, which is individually numbered. It’s an amazing cigar, with an effortless draw and a perfect burn. The smoke has chocolate and vanilla highlights around a core of savory wood, with a finish that goes on and on. A perfectly balanced cigar with immense amounts of flavor and many years of life remaining. —David Savona

Partagás Lusitania (1991)

With a wrapper as dark as night, this stately double corona promises to deliver power and flavor, and it doesn’t disappoint. It has a rich, chocolaty character, with plenty of molasses as well. Notes of earthy tea and savory wood buttress the considerable sweetness, which turns into milk chocolate as the big cigar is slowly turned to ash. A brilliant smoke that has plenty of youthful vigor remaining despite its age. —David Savona

La Gloria Cubana Sabrosos (1994)

An elegant lonsdale with a gorgeous, light-brown wrapper and picture-perfect construction. Spending over 20 years in a dress box has given these lonsdales a distinct, box-pressed appearance. It’s quite mellow, with a honeyed wood character and a sweetness faintly reminiscent of Sauternes. The finish is rather dry. —David Savona

Bolivar Corona Gigante (1993)

After all these years, the wrapper of this Churchill is still oily, supple and silky to the touch. The big cigar is a slow starter, showing a bit of a dustiness at first, but it gradually warms up to impart a touch of earth, hints of cinnamon and some raisin notes. No longer the earthy powerhouse it was as a youngster, the cigar remains sweet and enjoyable with perfect combustion and a creamy texture to the smoke. —Gregory Mottola

Partagás Short (2003)

Box pressed and petit, with a silky smooth wrapper. The first few puffs are powerful, showing a big tobacco core, full of leather and meaty notes. It takes on hints of almonds and rock salt, with woody vanilla, while showing an earthy aroma, with a sweet brown sugar quality. The cigar gains intensity with every puff, yet remains balanced. —Andrew Nagy