Today's cigar review is of a cigar I've had before, sort of. Whereas the first round I smoked the Connecticut, this time I'm smoking a maduro of sorts.
Back in March of 2020, we published a review of the Davidoff Back2Back Connecticut. Spoiler alert, we gave it a CigarScore 3. However, knowing I wanted to do a “Second Chance” series where I re-review cigars I've had before, when I saw the Davidoff Back2Back Nicaragua (the aforementioned “maduro”) on the shelf at my local lounge, I grabbed one up to review.
After cutting the tip with my guillotine, the draw had the perfect amount of resistance with flavors of semi-sweet chocolate and powdered chocolate. Despite the optimism I felt after torching the foot, after tasting the lit tobacco, the Davidoff Back2Back Nicaragua Sixty tasted more like a budget stick, and less like a premium cigar from Davidoff.
Line: Back2Back Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 60
Smoke Time: 90 minutes
Through the middle of the Davidoff Back2Back Nicaragua, there were okay flavors mixed with good flavors. The draw was perfect, but I struggled to find anything special about this cigar.
Although it's perhaps unfair to compare this cigar to the Oliva Serie V Double Toro, they are both Nicaraguan cigars, both 6″ by 60 ring gauge, and, if you removed the labels from both, they might be indistinguishable. However, this Back2Back Nicaragua costs 40% less. Either way, the comparison ran through my mind.
The first third of the cigar was alright; there were okay flavors that had a chemical taste that I did not enjoy. The middle third of the cigar was very pleasant. The final third also had a chemical taste, and some of the flavors were bitter and harsh.
Had the entire cigar tasted like the middle third, the Davidoff Back2Back Nicaragua might've scored higher than it did. However, the flavors left a lot to be desired and the overall experience was merely okay. For these reasons, the Davidoff Back2Back Nicaragua earns a CigarScore 3.