Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$7 each
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I just noticed that there was not a single Avo reviewed here. I'm a big fan of the brand and soon will be reviewing a couple of my favorites (update: here they are; reviews of Avo Domaine and Avo Classic), so stay tuned. We'll begin with the Avo XO Intermezzo, a delicious medium-bodied mild robusto. From the Avo website, it appears that Avo Uvezian (creator of the brand) is a big fan of Zino Davidoff, so it's no surprise that some of his cigars seem to taste like Davidoff's.
The wrapper is shiny & silky, usually you can hardly see any major veins (can happen though). It is a few tints darker than claro Davidoff wrappers.
Most of the time, I am getting a decent construction with XO series. The draw is close to perfect and although there might be some occasional funneling, the burn is above average. Firmly packed, it delivers a halo of creamy white smoke.
I guess I've got to say this from the very beginning - the Avo XO Intermezzo is not a stick that will leave you breathless because of its flavors complexity or profoundness. Furthermore, if you are more into spice and full-strength, this cigar probably won't impress you much. On the other hand, if you prefer smooth, mild, creamy smokes, with elegant woody, nutty and coffee flavors, you definitely want to try it.
Might seem a little expensive, but provides a decent value if bought by box.
Overall Rating :
One of my favorite Avo's and a good mild smoke. Probably not the best one out there, but I'm always satisfied when I take one out of my humidor.