Cigar Review: Avo 80th Anniversary LE
I find myself digging deep into my humidor lately as I wait for some new releases to make it to my local B&Ms. Buried at the bottom of my humidor was the Avo 80th Anniversary Limited Edition belicoso. The Avo website has this generic description about its limited edition smokes, “AVO Limited Cigars are limited editions and invariably something out of the ordinary. Aromatic, full of flavor and always harmoniously composed, these cigars are in great demand among aficionados. One of the hallmarks of these tobacco compositions that are launched each year in the spring is their packaging: truly unique specimens in wood holding the limited edition AVO cigars. AVO Uvezian Limited Cigars – Cigars in Perfect Harmony”.
Cigar: Avo 80th Anniversary LE
Size: 6 x 52 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (17/20): This stick features a silky looking sun grown wrapper that has some oils visible and a few noticeable veins. The cigar itself is tooth and well rolled. There are no soft spots on this stick that has a nice weight to it. The cigar utilizes a 2 band system with the classic looking Avo logo on a white label. The secondary band denotes the stick is the Avo 80th. The band gave me a hard time when removed, that it slightly tore the wrapper so I advise you to wait til the end to remove them.
Flavor & Notes (29/30): Prior to combustion this stick has some notes of earth with a sweetness to it on the foot. The prelight draw is very creamy, albeit it a tad earthy at the same time. The first third of the smoke offers some really nice creamy notes. There is some pepper through the nose and a touch of wood is detectable as well. The second third of the cigar remains incredibly smooth with some roasted nuts on the palate. The final third of the smoke the notes of earth become the dominant note with some wood on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The beginning of the cigar flowered slightly but this could be from being on the bottom of my humidor putting some weight on the foot of the cigar. Once I got past the first 1/8th of an inch the cigar burned nice and even. The ash despite the flowering held on strong for almost half the cigar before it fell off on it’s own. The draw of the cigar was a little loose, but nothing really to complain about.
Overall (24/25): I was pleasantly surprised to see these gems are still available from Famous Smoke Shop. The cigar was really enjoyable and I was able to lose myself in the stick. Although a little pricey these cigars are a nice investment from anyone who is a fan of Avo cigars. I wish I had reviewed this stick sooner and they were more readily available.
Price: $72.00 for a 5 pack at Famous Smoke Shop