Blind Cigar Review: Davidoff | Nicaragua Box Pressed

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Cigar Info

Back in December 2015,   Cigars unveiled the  Nicaragua Box Pressed, arriving in late March 2016 – the first ever box pressed cigar from . Nicaragua Box Pressed follows on the heels of the acclaimed Nicaragua line – our top 18 Cigar of the Year 2013 – and the recently introduced Rio-inspired Brazilian blend Escurio, which scored a 93 recently here, in its quest to offer aficionados across the globe thrilling experiences.

Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Innovation said “It is ’s mission to open the aficionados’ world and encourage them to adventure beyond the familiar – their go to cigars and origins – and fill their time beautifully with original and superbly crafted exciting blends.”

The Nicaragua Box Pressed brings unchartered territories of taste, stirring the senses of those who discover them. The spice has been boosted with a fiery Esteli Ligero leaf that complements aged Jalapa, Ometepe and Condega tobaccos for a complex bitter, sweet palate stimulation.

A richer, sharper Nicaragua wrapper then rolls the experience into a dynamic box pressed format to liberate enhanced flavours and aromas. Nicaragua, 100% Nicaragua: the much acclaimed creation now takes the aficionado on a new, more extreme flavour journey. The Nicaragua Box Pressed comes in two formats: Robusto: 48 RG x 5” : 52 RG x 6”.

Vital Stats:

Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Number of reviewers: 4 (SosaCub4Life) (WyldKnyght) (ThaGreatWazoo) (NavyPiper)
Price: $17.00
Age: 1 Month
Release Date: April 2016
Contributed by: Davidoff Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Davidoff | Nicaragua Box Pressed

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 94

“This robusto extra box-pressed cigar had a wrapper that looked and felt like construction paper. It had a colorado color and some thin to medium veins, the seam was visible and there appeared to be a triple cap. - (WyldKnyght)”

Aroma: 92

“There was a really nice aroma coming off of the cigar. Soft hints of leather and coffee could be found throughout the wrapper and foot. A sweetness was coming off the cap after a straight cut. Nice beginning to this cigar. ” - (ThaGreatWazoo)

First Third

Flavor: 96
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“This cigar has started off fantastic for me. At first there was a very strong pepper spice that overpowered everything. Then it settled down some, but that great spice continues. It has smoothed out, has burned great, producing tons of smoke. So far I am loving it.” - (SosaCub4Life)

“The first third surprised me initially with its mildness in strength. After punching the cap- which was pretty dang thick by the way, and lighting up, flavors of a mild tobacco, leather, toast, and bread dough were the primary flavors, but in the background was a nice, somewhat bold spice, but again it was real faint in the background and enough of it was there to let you know it was present if that makes sense. However if it would become more aggressive and bolder/stronger if you took a much stronger than normal puff. It’s a very nice set of flavors that’s for sure. Draw is 100% perfect! Burn was wonky in the beginning, but midway through the third I touched it up and it was spot on from then on. Tons of aromatic smoke, and this was a very satisfying third.” - (NavyPiper)

Second Third

Flavor: 95
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Full

“The 2nd third has continued where the 1st left off. The really nice overall spice is still the main competent of the smoke but it has also become much more smooth. There are some hints of sweetness that come along with the smoothness that complement the great spice.” - (SosaCub4Life)

“Going into the 2nd third, I found that it really kicked itself up both in strength & intensity. Additionally, the spice was joined by a pepperiness that complimented the spice, and both increased in their strength & intensity to equal that of the other flavors. This did tend at times to cause the bread dough flavor to fade out at times. The spice/pepperiness gives a good zing through the sinuses (actually caused my nose to start running- ya I know TMI, but wanted to paint a realistic of a picture as possible…), and the ‘zing’ lasts on the palate & lips between puffs. This was a pretty potent third, and it was awesome!” - (NavyPiper)

Blind Cigar Review: Davidoff | Nicaragua Box Pressed

Blind Cigar Review: | Nicaragua Box Pressed

Final Third

Flavor: 95
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The final third seemed to mellow out a bit more. There was still a nice overall spice that went along with the smooth smoke. Again, much like the 2nd third there was that good combination of having spice, smooth, sweetness all in one.” - (SosaCub4Life)

“Coming into the final third, there isn’t much to add. It did again increase in strength & intensity, but that was about it. All flavors jelled together really well except for the bread dough which disappeared at some point- I just don’t recall when exactly. As I got closer to the end, there was no bitterness or anything negative. It was consistent until I was scorching my fingers and had to let it go. I thought about wishing it would come in a Churchill size, but then realized that this is probably the best size. Anything bigger would probably be a sensory overload for me! LOL!” - (NavyPiper)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 96

“The draw was great. No issues.” - (SosaCub4Life)

Burn: 93

“Nice even burn from start to finish.” - (WyldKnyght)

Construction: 96

“There was a very good construction on this cigar. The box-press was clean and well done. ” - (ThaGreatWazoo)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Overall Experience: 96

“Overall I really enjoyed this cigar. It started off with a lot of spice which I liked but then as it went on the spice settled down and the cigar became more smooth along with the spice. The entire last 2 thirds it was a great mix of a smooth cigar that had a great spice along with some sweetness to it.” - (SosaCub4Life)

“This cigar was very enjoyable which I would recommended to the seasoned smoke, may be a little strong for a newer smoker.” - (WyldKnyght)

“This cigar had me worried initially with the strength on the first couple puffs. However, the cigar calmed and smoked wonderfully. It was a very nice looking cigar with a great feel and ample smoking experience. This one just felt better than average and should reflect it in the brand or price. Grab some and enjoy the ride. ” - (ThaGreatWazoo)

“This was one of those smokes that comes along every so often- actually it’s pretty rare for me anyway, that just captivates your senses. The ol’ “Calgon take me away” commercial ran through my mind as a comparison… It was a phenomenal smoke, one that I hope, hope, hope I get to experience again and again. I pray that this stogie is one that fits my meager stogie budget because I gotta have some more of these. It was a little over an hour of peace & serenity and I loved every minute of it!” - (NavyPiper)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 86

  • Appearance 94% 94%
  • Aroma 92% 92%
  • First Third 96% 96%
  • Second Third 95% 95%
  • Final Third 95% 95%
  • Draw 96% 96%
  • Burn 93% 93%
  • Construction 96% 96%
  • Overall Experience 96% 96%

Total Score - Excellent



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Blind Cigar Review: | Nicaragua Box Pressed