Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Ecuador
Filler : Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian Olancho
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$8 each
If you are an Avo fan, then you know that Avo Uvezian has his roots as a jazz pianist. Calling on that background, he has named this blend the Avo “Syncro” after the concept of musical synchronization. The goal with this cigar was to “synchronize” the experience of smoking Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The cigar also contains tobaccos from Ecuador and Peru. The Nicaraguan tobacco is of particular interest as it comes from a volcanic island in the center of Lake Nicaragua called Ometepe. Is the Avo Syncro Nicaragua truly a “synchronization” of tobacco flavors? I smoked the Short Robusto to find out.
Appearance : Rating:
The wrapper on the Avo Syncro Nicaragua Short Robusto is a medium brown color with a slightly reddish tint under certain lighting. There is a bit of oil, but not a lot. It has a definite, rustic appearance there are some very prominent veins and seams. The band with the Avo logo is very nice to look at.
Construction : Rating:
There were no major issues with construction, but it wasn’t ideal by my standards. The burn line was even through most of the smoke, but there were some issues that needed correcting in the first third. What annoyed me more was the slightly loose draw. I prefer my draw more on the tight side. It wasn’t too bad, but it just wasn’t great.
Flavor : Rating:
The first third features a backdrop of coffee, cedar, and pepper. Up front is some kind of fruity sweetness with a hint of something creamy—like cherries in whipped cream. That is not a very typical dominant flavor for a cigar and immediately grabs my attention. In the second third, the coffee rises to the foreground and the sweetness pushes back on a level with the cedar and pepper. In the final third, the coffee strengthens and becomes slightly bitter (not harsh). The sweet note from the beginning is now in the distant backdrop. There is a note of hay or grass weaving throughout the last third.
The flavors are interesting, but I think they could have used some more complexity. I also would have preferred a better balance of bitterness and sweetness at the end. The bitterness was slightly much for me.
Value : Rating:
I cannot really complain about the price, but I would have preferred for $8 a stick that the construction be a little better than it was.
Overall Rating : Rating:
I found this cigar to be an interesting and enjoyable smoke which delivered some intriguing flavors. I was not crazy about the loose draw though and wish the burn line hadn’t required so much attention. All of that said, I would happily smoke another of these and would definitely recommend giving them a try.