Avo 22 Limited Edition European Release

Avo 22 European Release

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 7/8″ x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $15+ each

This is a very special cigar. Not only did this blend lead to the AVO 787 but this is the only LE to have a different sized European release. The original AVO 22 was 5 7/8″ x 50 while the European release has a ring gauge of only 41. The Europeans historically prefer thinner cigars hence the change. I got my hands on one of these in a trade and couldn’t wait to smoke it.

This 7-year old Avo 22 has a satiny brown color, a dull sheen, not very oily. The veins are almost invisible and the foot of the perfecto comes to such a fine point it almost looks closed.

As I light it, I notice the initial aroma that lets me know that even if its seven years old, it still has some flavor left to give!

The first third is fairly spicy, with some light pepper and a creamy sweetness that reminds of caramel. The draw is absolutely perfect.

The sweetness starts to intensify as I near the bulge in the perfecto, giving my heady notes of licorice and coffee, The burn is dead even.

The last third is ridiculously good. It is rich wand creamy with tons of cocoa, espresso and chocolate. I loved every inch of this cigar. I thought it would lose a bit with less filler than the US release, but this was better!