The Big Z you see on the band of these cigars stands for the man himself: Zino Davidoff. Zino was a Ukrainian who learned cigars from his father in Switzerland, and who then moved halfway around the world when he was still in his teens to plant himself in the tobacco fields of Cuba. He was successful, eventually running a high-quality cigar shop that would last on for decades. These things were unbelievably good, and when Cigar Aficionado was new, they awarded his Aniversario blend an unthinkable 99 points.
Zino was a master of his craft.
Zino cigars celebrate the legacy of a man who worked his way through Castro’s revolution as the only foreigner to continue in the cigar industry after nationalization by the state. And while his main brand – Davidoff – still survives today in the Dominican Republic, Zino cigars pay tribute to the man’s spirit. As the company says: “The new Zino brand is inspired by people who celebrate a lifestyle and state of mind driven by experiences, open-mindedness, and an unwavering curiosity.”
As Davidoff’s CMO points out, Zino was only 19 when he sailed across the ocean to restart his life. This is a cigar for a person who isn’t scared to go out and meet life wherever the journey takes them. But of course, that’s just the inspiration. What are Zino cigars actually like when you smoke them?
Well, that depends on the particular stogie you grab, but the general idea is that the “blend of the new Zino Cigars is sure to please those who look for earthy taste profiles with spices and some sweetness.” Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. It’s not a mild cigar line – we’re getting some flavor in our smoke here.
Zino has passed on, but the one thing you can count on from this cigar line is an obsession with quality. If this brand ever puts out a bad smoke, we’ll be floored.
Please browse our selection of Zino cigars at your leisure.