July 10, 2012
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Diadema
Size : 6.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican & Peruvian
Binder : Dominican Piloto
Price : ~$15 each
The AVO 86th Anniversary cigar, “La Trompeta”, is a Limited Edition release to celebrate the 86th anniversary of Avo Uvezian. The name “La Trompeta” means the work of his lifetime — both music and cigars.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
These cigars are definitely unique to behold; three small circular cut-outs in the wrapper leaf call to mind the keys of a trumpet. A box of these cigars comes in a dark brown lacquered container which is also beautifully designed. The cigar includes two bands—the traditional AVO band and a second band which says “La Trompeta” on it. A few large veins are prominent on the brown wrapper.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
Overall, the construction of this cigar is strong. The draw is great, though there were a few problems involving the burn. Multiple touch-ups were required to keep the burn even. This was an annoyance, but it wasn’t a big deal overall.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
This cigar has a very wide range of flavors—the end is completely different from the beginning. When it starts out, the main notes present are hay and pepper—definitely not a sweet cigar. It doesn’t take too long though for some sweetness to emerge, combining with the flavors to render them with a different tone. Eventually some coffee moves in, becoming more predominant around the first third. Cedar notes emerge from the sweetness, which takes center stage by the final third of the cigar. At this point the hay and the spice are in the backdrop, and while the coffee has also fallen to the backdrop, there is a butterscotch flavor which stands out above the other notes. Eventually the flavors all merge into a balanced blend in which no flavor really stood out above the others. In this harmonious way the cigar reaches its conclusion.
Value : [rating:3/5]
This is a great cigar in terms of the flavors. The burn issues did annoy me a bit, however, and considering the high price of the cigar, I would have expected better on that front. Of course, it may have just been the stick I smoked, so perhaps the others will smoke better. At a lower price this probably wouldn’t have impacted my rating as far as value is concerned.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
In general I really did enjoy this cigar, and I can certainly say that a box of these is worthwhile – but it really comes down to your budget. At a lower price, say around $10.00 a stick, I’d be much more enthusiastic. The $15.00 price is quite high for each cigar considering that construction wasn’t flawless. It’s worth pointing out however that this is a Limited Edition, and as such it’s not something you’re going to be able to smoke on a daily basis anyway. Since it is a special treat, the price is more or less reasonable given the quality of the flavors and aromas.
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