La Trompeta (Pyramid), 6.5 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
|Cigar age||0 yr. 3.5 mo.|
DESCRIPTION: Avo Cigars has been producing a limited edition smoke every year since 1975, a tradition the legendary cigar and music composer began with his 75th birthday.
Cigar icon Avo Uvezian is celebrated his 86th birthday with the release of his Limited Edition Anniversary Cigar, “La Trompeta.” The “86th Anniversary” marks the twelfth annual limited edition release from AVO Cigars.
The new AVO Limited Edition 2012 La Trompeta is a dedication to the Jazz musician and aficionado on his 86th birthday and is a coronation of his lifetime work. Decades of Avo Uvezian’s work and passion are united in every single cigar. Also on display is the storied tradition and established knowledge of the tobacco master, Hendrik Kelner, who blended this smoke.
This special vintage is purported to be a medium to full-bodied cigar with complex notes in the aftertaste. The beautiful, slightly oily Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper “Seleccion 702” is the same wrapper that graces one of my favorite all-time cigars, the Davidoff 2009 Limited Edition 702 Selection.
The La Trompeta comes in a dark brown lacquered box with rounded edges that is covered with a stylish black silhouette of a musician with his trumpet.
La Trompeta is presented in a majestic cigar format, which includes the addition of a special feature to pay homage to the jazz trumpet: three small circular cigar leaf cut-outs are placed on the wrapper leaf to resemble “trumpet keys.”
Limited to just 100,000 cigars worldwide and 50,000 cigars for the US market, La Trompeta comes with a retail price of $15.50 per stick. This postscript review features the 6.5-inch by 54 ring gauge La Trompeta Pyramid.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar started slowly with muted flavors of smoked wood and nuances of roasted nuts. The cigar was conspicuously light in body and flavor during the first inch, but then hit second gear and started to pump up. The cigar displayed notes of coffee, cedar and fresh cut hay. The retrohale added a wonderful floral sweetness that was the most impressive part of this smoke. (Note: Be sure to retrohale when smoking this cigar for full effect.)
In keeping with the theme of this cigar, I kept my fingers on the three trumpet keys while smoking. I was sure I was hearing the music...
The dark gray ash was very flaky and I was careful to tap off regularly. The burn line was blistered and irregular. Even so, the cigar had a good draw and the overall performance wasn't negatively affected by the wavering burn line and flaky ash.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, the flavors became grassy and the smoke exhibited a slight bite on the finish. As I looked back over my notes of recent Avo limited edition cigars, I can say that I preferred the 2009, the 2010 (after a year of aging) and the 2011 over the 2012 La Trompeta. The Trompeta lacked the full, rich intensity displayed by some of the other limited smokes. On the other hand, there was a fair amount of complexity exhibited throughout the smoke as quite a few different nuances flitted across my palate like so many hummingbirds.
This is without a doubt a well-made smoke with a fine pedigree and is likely to appeal to a broad audience. The light-medium body and flavor will be approachable to novice cigar smokers and the complexity will make it an interesting and challenging smoke. The only drawback may be the price, which at around $14 per stick puts this in the ultra-premium price category. Nevertheless, if you can eke out the cash, this is a smoke that will likely please the palates of new, as well as experienced, cigar enthusiasts.
These cigars are resting in their original box in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The active humidification system is set at 68%RH and the summertime temperature ranges between 68-74°F.
This is the first of two podcast reviews of these special sticks, which have been resting in my humidor for 3.5-months prior to this review.
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