Davidoff

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Davidoff
IndustryTobacco
FounderZino Davidoff
HeadquartersBasel, Switzerland
OwnerOettinger Davidoff AG
Websitewww.davidoff.com/ Edit this on Wikidata

Davidoff is a Swiss premium brand of cigars, cigarettes and smoker’s accessories. It is owned by Oettinger Davidoff AG, which is based in Basel, Switzerland.[1]

Oettinger Davidoff AG manufactures a broad portfolio of cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobaccos and smoker’s accessories under the brands Davidoff, Camacho and Zino Platinum. The cigars are produced in the Dominican Republic and Honduras, and tobacco is sourced from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras and the United States of America.[2]

Name[edit]

A Cuban-made Davidoff Dom Pérignon with its namesake, Dom Pérignon champagne

The brand name Davidoff originates from the name of its Russian Empire-born founder, Zino Davidoff (born Sussele-Meier Davidoff; 1906–1994), who ran a tobacco specialist shop in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1936 to 1994.[3] He was known as "King of Cigars".[4]

History[edit]

Dominican-made Ambassadrice

After the Second World War, Zino Davidoff decided to acquire a license to produce his own series of cigars.[3] As he had discerning international customers, he named the various formats of this “Château” cigar series after famous Bordeaux vineyard estates. The first in the series was the “Château Latour” in 1946.

In 1967, Zino Davidoff was approached by Cubatabaco, Cuba's state tobacco monopoly, about creating a line of cigars carrying the “Davidoff” name. The cigars were rolled in the newly established El Laguito factory in Havana, which had been established to roll Cuban President Fidel Castro's own personal cigars, named Cohíba.

In 1968, the first cigars carrying the name “Davidoff” were released. The first formats were the No. 1, the No. 2 and the Ambassadrice. In 1970, Oettinger AG, located in Basel, Switzerland, acquired the rights to the Davidoff trademark.

In 1971, the Davidoff “Mini Cigarillos” (short fillers made of 100% tobacco) and, in 1972, the first Davidoff pipe tobaccos were released. As of 1975, the cigars of the Château series were delivered in cabinets bearing the Davidoff logo.

In 1976, the “Mille Series” and, in 1977, the “Dom Pérignon” cigar, named after the champagne, were released. In 1986, a limited release of “Anniversario” cigars were produced, to celebrate Zino Davidoff’s 80th birthday.

After numerous disputes over quality and ownership rights, Zino Davidoff and Cubatabaco decided to end their relationship. Leading up to this, in August 1989, Zino had publicly burned over one hundred thousand cigars that he had deemed of low quality and unfit to sell. All Davidoff products produced in Cuba were officially discontinued in 1991. An agreement was signed that no more Davidoff cigars from Cuba would be sold.

In 1990, after discontinuing Cuban-made products, Davidoff started to produce cigars in the Dominican Republic. After numerous test runs, Zino Davidoff found a partner in the local producer “Tabadom”, owned by Hendrik Kelner.

In 1991, the first Dominican-made Davidoff cigars were launched, continuing the product lines and cigar formats of their Cuban predecessors. With the move to the Dominican Republic, the Château series was renamed to “Grand Cru”, and the individual formats were numbered instead of carrying the names of vineyard estates.

In 1991, the limited release called “Aniversario” became an ongoing cigar series, called the “Aniversario” series. In 1992, the “Special” cigar series was released, with the format “Special R” as the first product. In 1994, the 87 year old Zino Davidoff died in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2001, the “Millennium Blend” cigar series was launched. In 2010, Davidoff Cigars released the “Puro d’Oro” series.

In 2013, Davidoff Cigars released the “Nicaragua” series, which was the first product line of Davidoff to incorporate tobaccos from Nicaragua into the cigar blend, and the first series since the Davidoff Cuban products which made use of tobaccos not sourced in the Dominican Republic. Moving forward, Davidoff Cigars started to make use of tobaccos sourced from other countries than the Dominican Republic to diversify their product portfolio.

In 2015, Davidoff Cigars released the “Escurio” series, which contained tobaccos sourced from Brazil. In the same year, the cigar line “Winston Churchill” was launched. In 2016, Davidoff Cigars released the “Yamasa” cigar series.

Davidoff products today[edit]

A pack of Davidoff Classic cigarettes

Current Tobacco Products[edit]

Over the years, Davidoff Cigars made changes to its product lineup. These are the cigar series currently on the market:

Cigars[edit]

Davidoff Signature

Davidoff Grand Cru

Davidoff Aniversario

Davidoff Millennium

Davidoff Nicaragua & Nicaragua Box Pressed

Davidoff Escurio

Davidoff Yamasa

Davidoff Winston Churchill & The Late Hour

Davidoff Special Releases (Chinese New Year, Royal Release, 702 Series)

Davidoff Primeros

Cigarillos[edit]

Davidoff Mini Cigarillos Silver

Davidoff Mini Cigarillos Gold

Davidoff Mini Cigarillos Platinum

Davidoff Mini Cigarillos Nicaragua

Davidoff Mini Cigarillos Escurio

Pipe Tobaccos[edit]

Smoker's Accessories[edit]

Davidoff Cigars produces a number of smoker’s accessories, including humidors, lighters, cigar cutters, cigar ashtrays, cigar cases, pipes and pipe accessories.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "We Build Brands | Oettinger Davidoff Group". oettingerdavidoff.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  2. ^ "Davidoff Cigars | Cigar Maker | Zino Davidoff". Davidoff Cigars. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. ^ a b Wirtz, Dieter H. (2006). Davidoff - Legend, Myth, Reality. Berlin: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH.
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times (Jan 17, 1994). "Zino Davidoff; 'King of Cigars'".

Further reading[edit]

  • Min Ron Nee, An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars (2003, Reprinted: 2005).
  • James Suckling, "In Search of Davidoffs: Connoisseurs are Buying Up Stocks of the Swiss Cigar Maker's Discontinued Havanas," Cigar Aficionado, vol. 2, no. 1 (Autumn 1993), pp. 46–55.
  • Dieter H. Wirtz, Davidoff - Legend, Myth, Reality, Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Berlin 2006

External links[edit]

  • Davidoff website (may be inaccessible for UK and French internet users because UK and French legislation bans tobacco advertising and promotion)
  • Oettinger Davidoff AG – company website