Originally Posted by Girardian
"Thou shalt not post photos of Cuban Daivdoff/Dunhills without commenting on them."
"Thou shalt smoke all of the cigar you are gifted when you are gifted a Cuban Davidoff/Dunhill" (unless it underwhelms)
Ha, catching up--this was a late 80s box, stored in a UK shop for its entire life for one client who passed away. They weren't cheap with or without VAT. I also bought a Latour box from the same shop that I haven't cracked yet. I brought both boxes to meet up with a friend in London across from Davidoff and Eddie Sahakian stopped by. We all agreed the Margaux was the better box. Aroma was intense and amazing, cello was yellow and a double-axis cello like modern Partagas 898's come in. Had never met Eddie before but he proceeded to gift me two #1's and two 3000's--supremely generous!
The Margaux were for the groom/wedding party of a wedding I attended who's a huge wine guy. Yes, sadly, they were wasted on the majority, even the cigar smokers, obviously. But it was a gift, so I can't complain too much. I bought 3x La Esception Don Jose RE's at the groom's request for the general wedding crowd. Flavor-wise, these were 100% there, obviously, no dodgy storage, no cardboard origins, etc. Started off mild cedary, hay, vanilla, cream. Smoking it down brought spicier notes, nutty flavors, sort of umami/mushroomy that you get with vintage champagnes. Medium to full bodied, I smoked mine down to the nubs. 2nd place went to a young French wife as her dad smokes cigars. But one of the best cigars of my life...$ for $, better than 1492, CT25, at least from this box.
The 3000 I posted a couple pages ago was from Eddie, smoked in Milan. Stored in Davidoff's vintage singles area. Very, very faint. Not quite to expiration, but I think the storage sapped it a little bit from what it used to be. Mostly hay and cream, needed several relights as I was walking around.