Oettinger Davidoff announced two new releases today, the Davidoff Yamasá and the Cusano Nicaragua Estelí.
The Davidoff Yamasá is a big release for the company this year, and will debut at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) annual trade show next month. The Davidoff Yamasá has apparently been many, many years in the making, as it is composed of tobacco from the Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic, a region supposedly known to be extraordinarily difficult for growing tobacco. However, Davidoff has been perfecting and cultivating tobacco here for about two decades, utilizing very special growing techniques, including conditioning of the soil by raising its pH, specific seed selection, and a diligent curing process. Davidoff has also used the Yamasá wrapper for their Puro d’Oro line released in 2010.
Davidoff Yamasá will have a Yamasá wrapper, a San Vicente binder from Yamasá, and filler from the Dominican Republic (piloto and mejorado) and Nicaragua (from Condega and Estelí). Foour vitolas will be available: Robusto (5" x 50); Toro (6" x 52); Piramide (6" x 52); and Petit Churchill (4" x 48).
Davidoff has released the third of its revamped Cusano brand, which shipped yesterday - the Cusano Nicaragua Estelí. Davidoff acquired the Cusano brand from brothers Joe and Michael Chiusano in 2009, who started the company in 1995. The Cusano cigars were originally made by Davidoff's Hendrik Kelner. In efforts to rebrand Cusano after a period of dormancy, Davidoff announced that it was reblending Cusano lines - starting with the introduction of the Cusano Dominican Connecticut in February 2016, and the Cusano Dominican Maduro in April 2016.
The new Cusano Nicaragua Estelí will be more full-bodied and spicier than the other two previous releases, and will feature a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, an Ecuadoran Connecticut binder, and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua (Estelí). The new Cusano Nicaragua Estelí will be available in 16-count, slide-lid wooden boxes and will come in four vitolas: Robusto (5" x 50); Gordo (6" x 60); Toro (6" x 50); and Churchill (7" x 48).