12 (Short Perfecto), 5.625 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
|Cigar age||0 yr. 11.8 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Avion “Fausto” Special Selection cigars are a size extension of the Tatuaje Fausto line. This special cigar collection was released as a new size every year from 2011 to 2013 and each will remain as full production lines into the future.
For the year 2011, the size was called the Avion 11's, a box-pressed, 6.75-inch x 52 Perfecto Grande. The year 2012 saw the release of the Avion 12's, a 5.625-inch x 52 Short Perfecto. In 2013, Tatuaje finished their Avion release with a 6.875-inch x 52 ring Double Perfecto.
The blend was based on the Hawaii-only release known as the T110. This cigar was made exclusively for the R. Field Wine Company in Honolulu. It was a strong cigar and, in fact, the “T” in the name stood for “thermonuclear.” Because the cigar was so strong it was affectionately (and jokingly) referred to as the “Thermo Jr.,” a reference to another cigar that was even stronger.
The Avion Fausto gets it strength and flavor profile from an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper, which covers a strong blend of tobaccos from Nicaragua, comprised mainly of ligero from the Jalapa Valley and Estelí. The Fausto cigar line is purported to be full in strength, but with loads of flavor.
The cigars are packaged in boxes of 20 cigars. This cigar carries great potential as a “go-to” cigar for all those who love a bigger smoke and is a must try for fans of Tatuaje and Pete Johnson.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar started with a hugeness of body and flavor that I could feel in the back of my throat and the top and back part of my palate. However, along with the big flavor came a lovely, earthy sweetness that covered my palate nicely and that balanced the body and strength of the cigar. Retrohaling added a big bolus of oak wood and black pepper spice.
On the performance side of the equation, this stick had an excellent burn and draw. The burn line was relatively even and thin, which was remarkable given the body and strength of the cigar. I really expected the burn line to be blistered with the thickness of the tobacco. The ash was flaky and kept dropping by itself when it was least expected, so I ended up tapping off early and often.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, the cigar displayed a slight bitterness that I responded to by flame purging the foot. Whenever I encounter any bitterness in a cigar, I routinely flame purge it, which typically mellows any harshness. And that worked in this case. I might also mention that I dry purged this cigar continually throughout the smoke. Dry purging burns off any impurities that may sour the flavor and keeps the cigar primed and ready to deliver.
Throughout the second half, the cigar continued to display good sweetness with oak wood undertones and a nice long oak and earthy finish.
The Avion Fuasto 12 was a great performing cigar with plenty of body and strength and yet with an excellent flavor profile. This is a full-bodied smoke and yet one that possesses a pleasurable flavor character. I can highly recommend this cigar to all of you who like a cigar with some pronounced “pop.” Also, don't be afraid to age these sticks. I think they will get better with a couple of years under their belt.
Final verdict: Buy a couple and see if the Avion 12’s light you fire as they did mine.
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