The Special R is a mild Robusto with an Ecuadorian wrapper and a 50 ring gauge and is about 5 inches in length. The Special R has been available since 1999 and though not the best Davidoff has to offer, it is still a smooth, affordable and enjoyable smoke. And when I say 'affordable', I mean affordable by Davidoff standards as they are a premium line of cigars. The cigar can be picked up as a single stick for around $12 to $13.
Coming out of the Dominican Republic, the Special R will last about 35 minutes or so. I did not find any problems with the draw as some have reported over the years, although it did burn slightly uneven. The uneven burn was not from user error or improper humidity, however more likely a result of production.
The Special R, like all Davidoff cigars, has a beautiful appearance and bears the classic Davidoff band. The cigar also has an excellent aroma before the smoke. The flavors of the Special R are wide and varied offering spices and a hint of vanilla.
If you are looking for a status cigar with friends, then you may want to try one of Davidoff's other lines; and if you don't care about status, then save your money for better overall smokes for $10 or less as there are many to choose.
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