Cigar Review: AVO Companero 2009 LE
I spent yesterday in the city of Brotherly Love, and I walked the streets of Philadelphia. One of my stops was at Holts before heading upstairs to Mahogany. Mahogany is a cigar bar located upstairs from Holts where you can sit in the lounge, the bar or at a table and enjoy your smoke while drinking some fine scotch. The way our forefathers meant it before our freedoms have slowly begun to be taken away.
The AVO Companero 2009 Limited Edition cigar was created to celebrate Avo Uvezian’s 83rd birthday. Not only a great cigar maker, Mr. Uvezian was also one of the writers of the song, ‘Strangers In The Night’. The cigar featured a Cuban seed wrapper grown in Ecuador and a blending of specially fermented Ligero and Peruvian tobaccos. The Avo Companero Limited Edition cigars are elegantly packaged ten to a box, in a beautifully crafted wooden box with hidden hinges and the Companero logo embossed in gold.
Cigar: Avo LE 2009 Companero
Size: 6 x 54 (Toro)
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Cuban Seed)
Filler: Criollo Ligero, Piloto Ligero, San Vicente Ligero, Peruvian Seco
Appearance and Construction (19/20): At first glance this cigar looks a little bit like the AVO 787 line of cigars. It’s brown band, with gold, white, gray and black are virtually identical to that line of cigars. The difference is the stamping of LE 09 on the side and a secondary band with the word Companero embossed in gold which means comrade. The cigar has some veins and a little bit of tooth, but nothing out of the ordinary here. The one thing that caught my attention is how rough this cigar feels in your hand, the wrapper almost has a very fine sandpaper feel to it. The cigar has a nice weight to it, despite some gaps in the tobacco at the foot.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight ritual revealed notes of earth on the foot and on the draw which is not what I expected aw I was told this is the most full bodied smoke ever created by Avo. As I light the cigar the notes of earth and leather are similar to others in the Avo/Davidoff line of cigars there was much more depth here with the addition of some pepper notes. As we continue into the first third the cigar quickly transitions into rich creamy smoke while maintaining its medium to full body. The second third of the cigar becomes a little bit mellow with some sweetness caused by the Peruvian tobacco with some cedar notes. The final third of the smoke was met with a blast of leather, that quickly subsided and what remained was some floral notes with a continued sweetness on the creamy finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar has a pretty uneven burn line but it tends to catch up periodically and it never needs to be touched up. The ash of the cigar was one of the strongest ashes in recently memory where I was able to hold on to it for two thirds of the smoke. Its tight medium gray ash offered no flake, ridges or separation and I lost it only due to its weight. The draw was impeccable, with just the right amount of resistance.
Overall (24/25): The cigar is an amazing departure from the what one would expect from Avo & Davidoff. The addition of a full bodied smoke, albeit in limited production offers a nice choice for after dinner. I suggest you pick up a box or two of these and save them for after a nice steak or lobster dinner. In my opinion this is the best Avo I have ever smoked, and is an early contender for cigar of the year. The one point deduction is for the price of the smoke despite smoking it til i burned my fingers.
Price: 16.00 MSRP