AVO Limited Edition 2010

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Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Super Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 55
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Mexico
Hand-Made
Price : $15 each MSRP
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Having been formally introduced to the cigar market in March 2010 (to celebrate AVO Uvezian’s 84th birthday), with only 10,000 cigars being produced, the AVO Limited Edition 2010 is now far from fresh on many cigar smoker’s minds. The AVO LE 10’s were available in boxes of 10 that used to retail for $150.00 a box. Today, these can only be found on the aftermarket.

AVO Limited Edition 2010

The pre-light ritual for my AVO LE 10 was harmonious. One of the first things I noticed about this cigar was its smooth, dark, oily wrapper. The double bands set well against the cigar with their brown, silver, and cream coloring however the lettering was splashed and sloppy on both bands. The cap was very round but applied sloppy and the pre-light smell gave way to wonderful earthy, chocolate cocoa notes. The loose airy draw was a little spicy and accented the cocoa that my sinuses found.

AVO Limited Edition 2010

Pre-light score: 9 pts.

The opening on the AVO LE 10 showed an effortless draw with a sweet chocolate and cream aroma… PERFECT! The burn started uneven and the thick grey smoke led to notes of earth, cocoa, and black coffee on the palate. The first third of the AVO LE 10 I considered to be somewhat of a “cool smoke” with its airy draw.

With the first third being absolutely fantastic I was interested to see where this cigar would go from here. Into the beginning of the second third I detected a faint change on the palate to nuts and almonds. The burn remained uneven and the ash a powdery grey. The earthiness remained throughout the 2nd third and the faint nut turned strictly to an almond character.

AVO Limited Edition 2010

With well over half of my AVO LE 10 gone I entered the final third a pleased man. The beginning of the final 3rd had a little unpleasant burnt charcoal taste. Upon removal of the bands the cigar’s wrapper leaf tore and I noticed for the first time the excessive amounts of glue that had been used to apply both bands. This caused me to have trouble finishing the cigar however I was able to pick up faint hints of what seemed to be graham cracker and caramel.

Smoking score: 7 pts.

Avo Limited Edition 2010

To sum up the AVO LE 10 I would classify it as a “gift” cigar. What I mean by this is, for my friends who are consistent cigar smokers I would not be embarrassed to give them this cigar as a gift. We all understand that most occasional cigar smokers are appreciative of any cigar, however someone with a semi-refined palate would find the AVO LE 10 an interesting smoke. The only regrets the cigar had was an inconsistent burn (had to touch up the entire time), and the falling apart of the cigar after removal of the bands. I would have liked to experience those flavors I was getting before having to put it down… bummer.

Overall Experience score: 6 pts.

AVO Limited Edition 2010 Rating

Pre-Light: 9 pts.
Smoking: 7 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.

TOTAL: 22 pts.

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One Comment on “AVO Limited Edition 2010”

  1. Great review. This sounds like it’s got a great taste, I definitely have to try it out.

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