Avo Tesoro 2008 Limited Edition

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    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:4/5]
    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:3.5/5]
    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:3/5]
    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:2.5/5]
    The price tag is hard to justify. I have had much better cigars for half the price.

    Overall Rating : [rating:3/5]
    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?

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    • Christopher Klapp

      Just had one after all these years. 11 years of age and very similar sentiments.

      With that said… Excellent for this age of a cigar. The aged wood flavor is that of a pencil not newspaper or cardboard that is typical of >10 years of age. Nice indoor earthiness of attic/dust. Slight fruity flavor of apricot and fig/date. Toasted notes of graham cracker or cookie. Pecan nuttiness. Bit of a corn flakes or dry cereal/grain flavor in the finish. Very slight hint of AVO floral in the retro.

      Extremely aged cigars dance on the line of weird flavors that have to be acquired tastes. Some are just plain flat and gross. This one has some good flavors left but not sure about another 11 years what will be left.

      Glad I punched it because the draw is very open. Would have been too airy for any cut. Very dry smoke as I had to drink my coffee to wet my mouth. Ash was very flaky but firm and didn’t drop on me but would have if I wasn’t so careful.

      Funny you mentioned the Domaine, I had both in my hand this morning as I opted for this aged rarity.

    • Victor

      Ah, you see? That’s why I love your site, Inspector. A good, honest review. No hype, and in a language I understand. CA could learn a lot from you, rebuild their diminished fan-base and stop leading the unwary down a wrongful and potentially expensive path. Thank you.

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Cigar Region Dominican Republic
Filler Dominican
Wrapper Ecuador
Binder Dominican Republic
Length 5 3/4
Ring Gauge 50
Vitola Robusto
Construction Hand Made
Price Paid $12