Have you ever enjoyed a Michelin-starred cigar? Neither have we, but the closest you’ll get to the experience is with the new Davidoff Chef’s Edition cigar, cooked up for the brand’s 50th anniversary. The very first Davidoff Chef’s Edition was released in 2016 together with six internationally-renowned chefs. This year, they’re upping the ante with five Michelin-starred chefs from around the world.
The five chefs are Thomas Keller, Alvin Leung, Klaus Erfort, Heiko Nieder, and Shaun Rankin. All five are cigar smokers and they have twelve Michelin stars between them for all their restaurants.
“One of the main things all of us wanted to achieve was a cigar that could be smoked throughout the day and in the evening,” said Keller. “For a chef, there’s no set time when you can sit down and smoke a cigar. It may be early in the morning — it may be late at night. For me, it may be on the golf course in the afternoon. So, we wanted a cigar that gave us the opportunity to enjoy it anytime.”
The 50th-anniversary Chef’s Edition takes on Dominican Republic influences as well as inspiration from the chefs’ home countries of Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Hong Kong, and the United States. Notes of liquorice, szechuan pepper, oakwood, and leather are prominent at the first puff. It later transitions to an intense flavour of chocolate, coffee, and cumin before gently ending with eucalyptus.
Davidoff’s master blenders brought the five chefs to the brand’s cigar factory and tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic where they were introduced to the process of cigar blending. Then, the Davidoff master blenders took individual flavour profiles that each of the chefs had suggested to create several test cigars. When all five chefs agree to one unifying cigar, the latest Chef’s Edition was born. The cigar is limited to 50,000 pieces or 5,000 boxes and is available worldwide.