Private Stock is a premium cigar line by Davidoff of Geneva. The brand came about because of a manufacturer setback. Davidoff fans are grateful for that mishap which gave them access to Davidoff quality cigars at a lower price point.
Davidoff is known for their incredibly high standard of quality which often comes with a higher price tag as well. Their legacy is highlighted by their previous collaborative relationship with the Cuban cigar industry. However, the company has many other namesakes such as setting up the first climate-controlled room for cigar storage.
In 1993, Davidoff released a new line called Special T on the heels of its ever popular Special R line. The torcedores were tasked with rolling torpedoes without a mold for over a year and a half. The cigars were rolled in the Dominican Republic and then shipped to Switzerland to be packed.
This scenario was the perfect storm. Several bunches did not fit in the boxes because of slight variations in width or length. These cigars were sent back to the factory and they were the beginning for the Private Stock brand.
Aficionados loved that Private Stock cigars were available for an affordable price. Davidoff found a way to keep the brand alive and cater their premium cigars to budget-wise customers.
The Oettinger Davidoff Group, the company that owns Davidoff of Geneva, has employed various strategies to keep the cost low. For starters, there is little to no promotion of the brand. Also the bands and boxes have simple designs.
There are several lines of Private Stock cigars but two major distinctions. One variation is the long filler selection which features a dark red band with the full brand name. The second is the medium filler option which includes ungraded tobacco and has a lighter red band with the letters “PS”. Using ungraded tobacco is another method to keep costs low, yet, they still use premium tobacco.
Private Stock cigars are all hand rolled by the same torcedores who roll Avo, The Griffin, and other premium Davidoff brands. The cigars are produced at the O.K. Cigar factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The quality of craftsmanship remains evident throughout all their cigars.
Any seasoned aficionado can speak to the exquisite quality Davidoff provides. If you are looking for a bargain smoke that meets high-roller standards then what you are looking for is a Private Stock cigar.