AVO 80th Anniversary

AVO 80th Anniversary

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $15 each
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Owned by Davidoff Geneva but masterminded by Avo Uvezian, the brand AVO was founded in 1988. After many years of success Avo Uvezian began releasing limited edition cigars to mark and celebrate his own birthday. Today I will be reviewing the AVO 80th Anniversary which was released in 2006 (7+ years of age on it). The release is only available in one size (Belicoso), just as with all the limited editions, so without further ado...

AVO 80th

The first thing I noticed about my AVO 80th was the chocolate oily sheen the wrapper of the cigar bore. Foot of the cigar was jammed packed full of tobacco with the cap a nicely finished point. The cream colored double bands looked nice against the dark wrapper of the cigar and the pre-light smell was sweet with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cold draw revealed signs of cherry and fruits with ease.

Pre-light score: 8 pts.

The first third of the cigar started slowly as I had trouble getting the cigar to stay lit. Once we finally got going the cigar immediately opened up full-bodied with huge volumes of white smoke. The draw was absolutely effortless and the burn wavy with a gray powdery ash. Beginning tastes of my AVO 80th were somewhat empty however I did note nuts and pepper with an odd spice during the first third.

Into the second third of my AVO 80th the cigar backed down into the medium bodied category. Once again the cigar had construction issues, as it did not want to stay lit. The burn, when lit, remained wavy with nuts and spice continuing to be the primary tasting components.

During the final third the cigar continued to have burn problems. The taste turned somewhat meaty but again the nuts and spice were still present. Also, there was so much glue holding the band on I was not able to properly remove it without cracking the wrapper. This forced me to stop smoking early, which may have not been a bad thing.

Smoking score: 6 pts.

My final impression of the AVO 80th Anniversary is bland. The burn inconsistency really hurt this cigar. After all if the cigar won’t burn or draw then it isn’t going to get you very far. The flavors weren’t fantastic and the cigar never really went anywhere for me. For the price tag on these the experience was not worth it… I’d say pass.

Overall Experience score: 5 pts.

AVO 80th Anniversary Rating

Pre-Light: 8 pts.
Smoking: 6 pts.
Overall Experience: 5 pts.

TOTAL: 19 pts.

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