Avo Tesoro 2008 Limited Edition

Avo Tesoro 2008 Limited Edition

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 3/4 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$12 each

Avo Tesoros 2008 Limited Edition were released to celebrate Avo Uvezian’s 82nd birthday. As I was completing a purchase in a B&M store in Madrid, the shop owner offered me a couple of free cigars. After a short fight between conscience and greediness, I pointed to an opened box of Avo cigars that I haven’t seen before. Gorgeous Cohiba Gran Reserva remained on the shelf…

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
The cigar is wrapped in a cello to facilitate storage and sports a minimalist band on the foot. Pretty hard to the touch, it smells like rotten grass and paper. The Ecuadorian thin wrapper is light brown in color and has a multitude of small veins.

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
Throughout the smoke, the draw is rather loose; I would have preferred some more resistance. On the other hand, the burn is spot on, slow and steady despite a windy environment. The ash isn’t exactly a beauty to look at, irregular grey and a bit flaky, falling down at 1.5 inch.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★☆☆
The treasure starts out with woody, dry flavors. One inch in, the spiciness makes its way in and provokes a tickling sensation on the tongue. As I continue, the smokes, dry from the very beginning, becomes dehydrating and I am happy I have a 1.5L Evian bottle with me. At this point I have a feeling that there are some other flavors out there, perhaps nuts, perhaps cocoa, but I can barely detect them because of the nature of the smoke. The finish mixes wood, spice and leather and features an increased bitterness.

Value : Rating: ★★½☆☆
The price tag is hard to justify. I have had much better cigars for half the price.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★☆☆
I usually enjoy Avo cigars, but this one didn’t really do it for me. I’d go for a Domaine, cheaper and more interesting in terms of flavor (besides, it’s a really good-looking stick!). Perhaps I had waited too long before smoking this ’08 limited edition, I am curious to hear your opinions if you still have some of these remaining. Have you smoked one recently?