October 23, 2014
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 4 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$8 each
The Heritage line was introduced as a stronger budget blend within the AVO portfolio. It includes a number of other sizes besides the Short Torpedo that I’m smoking today, some of them have already been reviewed here: the Churchill, the Robusto, the Short Corona, the Short Robusto, and the Toro. AVO cigars tend to be pretty pricey, but you can get all of the Heritage cigars for under $10 apiece. I paid $7.90 for the Short Torpedo, excited to try one of AVO’s more affordable cigars.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
This cigar is almost astonishingly smooth, with very few visible veins. Those you can see are incredibly fine. The wrapper has a rich, warm medium brown color that is very inviting, and a lovely oily sheen. I don’t notice any soft patches, but there are a few hard ones (let’s hope that doesn’t impact the draw), and the aroma coming from the cigar smells vaguely of chocolate.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
As predicted, draw is a little tight, not so much that it becomes annoying, but it could be looser. The burn is initially pretty crooked too, but after a couple of corrections, it stays straight as a razor. So a couple of imperfections here, but nothing major. The ash holds on solid and is gray striped with black.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
Earth and nutty to start with, you get a punch of black pepper right from the start. The pepper is pretty intense, and you can feel a bit of a burn in your lips from it. There is a little bitterness up front too which I am not crazy about, but it fades away, and the cedar and nuts take the foreground. The smoke is very creamy and aromatic. By the middle third, that creamy texture has become pronounced. The pepper is mostly gone, and the earthy flavors have also become hard to detect. The nutty flavor is most prominent along with the cedar. I am still dealing with some of that bitterness coming through, which by now is annoying me a bit.
The final third is much like the rest. You get the same basic flavors, minus the pepper, which by now is almost indistinguishable. The major players, nuts and cedar, are still front and center. I’d rate the overall strength of the AVO Heritage Short Torpedo at medium.
Value : [rating:4/5]
I appreciate that the AVO Heritage Short Torpedo is less expensive than a lot of AVO cigars, and in that sense, it is a good value. But there are some construction problems, and the bitterness that kept coming and going was an irritant. So even at the reasonable price, I have to knock a point off.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.75/5] (3.75)
I really wanted to like the AVO Heritage Short Torpedo since it is so affordably priced, and AVO is a big name. I was initially really enthusiastic when I saw the beautiful, flawless-looking wrapper with its almost undetectable veins. But the burn problems, the slightly-too-tight draw, and the bitterness took their toll on my patience. Plus, the flavors, while pleasant, really did not do a whole lot, and were pretty basic. If you really love nuts and cedar, you may enjoy this stogie. Otherwise, you could probably take it or leave it.
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