BACKGROUND: Pianist and Avo brand ambassador Avo Uvezian turned 85 in March, 2011 and the Davidoff Company, who makes Avo cigars, commemorated this milestone with the new 2011 limited edition Avo 85th.
Since 2001, Davidoff has followed the trend of creating a limited edition birthday cigar each year.
The elegant Perfecto-shaped cigar contains a balanced combination of strong and mild tobaccos. The cigars feature a blend of Piloto Cubano Seco and Ligero and San Vicente Dominican tobaccos for the filler. The binder is Pelo de Oro from Peru. And the wrapper is a silky Dominican leaf produced by Henke Kelner.
Limited to 10,000 worldwide, this limited edition is packed in a glamorous matte black lacquered wooden box of 10 cigars, with the "Avo 85th Anniversary" logo printed in gold on the lid.
Today's featured stick is the Avo 2011 limited edition, which comes in only one size: a double-tapered Diadema that measures 6.625 inches by 50 ring gauge.
TASTING NOTES: The Avo 85th starts out fairly light with some grassy notes and a warm, spicy retrohale. The white pepper on the retrohale will light up your life, if not your nasal mucosa.
My first impression is that this cigar will appeal to a wide range of people because its strength and body profile is easily approachable and yet it has enough flavor and complexity to woo the more experienced smoker.
In the first half, the cigar proved to be medium in body and strength and full in flavor with a long and sharply focused finish.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The second half of this cigar developed some tobacco sweetness that rounded out the spice and woody notes. Overall, the Avo Limited Edition for 2011 is medium in body and strength and medium to full in flavor. I have found it to be pleasant in flavor with spice on the palate and wood and white pepper spice on the retrohale.
Of the four samples I've smoked, I had a tunnel in one of them and I experienced a tear in the wrapper leaf on three of the four when I tried to remove the cigar band. This is something I've noticed in the past with Avo cigars. I think it may be related to the type of paper they use for the band that seems to suck up the vegetable glue that is used to affix the band.
With a few of these sticks under my belt, I can say that this is one of my favorite limited editions from Avo, but it is probably not a good candidate for long-term aging. Nevertheless, it is smoking nicely out of the gate.
I recommend this one to a wide range of smokers, however I would only recommend that you buy one or two to give it a try before springing for a box purchase. At $15-17 per stick, this one will be a tough sell for many cigar smokers.
These Avo 85th anniversary cigars come in a box of 10 cigars and each cigar is individually cellophane wrapped. I have left the cello intact and the cigars in their original box within my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The active humidification system is set at 68%RH and the temperature remains between 66-71 degrees F. This is the first of two podcast reviews. The cigars have been resting in the Stogie Fresh humidors for
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