I’m dealing with sciatic nerve issues that has made it impossible for me to enjoy a cigar so my good friend Rob stepped up to pinch hit, here is his review of the Avo Maduro #2;
Every winter at about the same time I go a bit stir crazy and feel the need to run off to Arizona and get some Sun. While I was out West mucking stalls, being a shade-tree mechanic, and soaking up rays on my father’s ranch I didn’t have a single cigar so it was a joy to be asked upon my return to submit another review for Barry. I didn’t miss a beat and on the first beautiful and sunny weekend I went out to enjoy the Avo Maduro and do some much needed yard work.
Cigar: Avo Maduro #2
Size: 6 x 50
Orgin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (19/20): When I pulled this cigar from my holder out in to the afternoon sunlight it was like seeing my prom date come down the stairs. Wow. Chestnut brown with slight veins and oil and solidly built from head to toe this cigar was pretty to say the least. I looked this cigar over from top to bottom looking for soft spots, blemishes, and errors in the roll and couldn’t find any. The look, feel, and leathery sweet scent combined for a very attractive cigar. Even the dark grey and tan band seemed to add to the elegance of the cigar and maybe this is why I’m reminded of my prom (no, I didn’t wear dark grey and tan) from so long ago.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): My first draw on the cigar was a really nice, earthy, and leathery taste with cocoa notes on the back end. Over the next minute or two of smoking I noticed that the charcoal flavor was really coming to the forefront and overpowering the other flavors of the cigar. I realized that I had probably started the cigar too hot and should let it cool (I’ll get back to this later) and after letting the cigar cool the charcoal flavor had faded to a hint allowing the lighter woody flavors to come through along with the cocoa – MUCH BETTER! I’m not going to dock the cigar flavor points for my ineptitude in lighting but I will note that though these flavors were enjoyable I would have liked some spice or more aggressive cocoa to add extra character and take this over the top from good to WOW to match the appearance.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): First, remember that I was a little too aggressive with the flame in lighting the cigar and so I fully expected a pitted, ridged, blackish ash as my punishment. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the cigar and saw an inch and a half long and ridiculously pretty whitish-grey ash with NO breaks what-so-ever. I thought ashes like that were reserved for comic book villains! Also, remember I mentioned that I had to put the cigar down to cool? Well, I got caught up looking for things in the house and came back out 7-10 minutes later and took a puff – a perfect and still fully lit puff. Awesome. The only complaint I can have on this cigar is that the draw might be a little too easy so if you aren’t careful you could burn through the entire thing in a hurry.
Overall (22/25): My impression is that this cigar is much like my prom date. It is pretty, is solidly built, and reacts well even when overheated because I’m being too aggressive. Enough, though, about my time with Big Shirley! Seriously, I can’t downplay how impressed I was with the cigar’s reaction to being overheated. It could have cracked, canoed, burned poorly, or any number of things and all that I got was some extra charcoal flavor. The only drawbacks for me were the quick draw and the slightly pedestrian flavor and even with this said this cigar will make it into my regular rotation.
Price: $35.99 a 5 pack at Famous