Avo 85th Limited Edition 2011 – Cigar Review

From the Avo 85th Press Release, “Cigar luminary Avo Uvezian is celebrating his 85th birthday with the release of his Limited Edition Anniversary Cigar, the “85th”. The “85th” marks the tenth annual limited edition release from AVO Cigars, a tradition the legendary cigar composer started to commemorate since his 75th birthday. The “85th Anniversary” presents itself in a majestic and charming cigar format – a noble “Diademas” – and is limited to 100,000 cigars worldwide with 60,000 cigars for the US market..”

As a fan of both the last 2 Limited Editions, I was eagerly looking forward to this release and hoped it made for a nice trifecta.

Cigar: Avo 85th LE 2011
Size: 7 x 50 (Diadema)
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Sun Grown
Binder: Peru
Filler: Dominican Republic (San Vicente and Piloto)
Strength: Medium
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Avo 85th LE11

Avo 85th LE11

Appearance and Construction: The sun-grown wrapper that adorns the Avo LE 2011 has the look of worn leather. Full of veins, creases and bumps the cigar is not beautiful to look at. What is really beautiful is the roll of the cigar which is perfect despite the weathered look of the wrapper. Upon close inspection the wrapper has a gritty sandy like feel under the fingers despite some oils being visible to the naked eye. There are no soft spots and in the hand the stick is well balances and feels a little bit light.

Avo 85th LE11

The foot of the Avo 85th LE11

Flavor & Notes: Due to the perfecto tip of the cigar getting a nose off of the foot was difficult but the wrapper had a nice cedar and earth like aroma. It kind of took me back to a fresh hamster cage when I was a child. Once the cigar is clipped the draw reveals a classic Henke Kelner blended cigar with his trademark barnyard notes of hay, grass and earth. Once the cigar is lit the cigar begins to serve up notes of leather while remaining creamy. As we work down the initial third I am amazed at how creamy the notes are as a touch of coffee is slowly introduced. As we enter the second third of the cigar there is a touch of hay and grass present with some continued coffee notes. There is a distinct creaminess to the cigar that makes it heavenly and reminds me of how I drink my coffee, light and sweet. The final third sees the coffee notes fade away and what remains is a long leather finish.

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Smoking the first third of the Avo 85th LE11

Smoking Characteristics: The perfecto if rolled the right way is my favorite cigar to smoke. I usually nub it which was the case here. The draw on the Avo LE11 was as perfect as they come. The cigar burned a little bit uneven at times, where I had to touch up the cigar once around the half way point, but that is what lighters are for. The dark ash held on about 1/4 of the stick before it gave way, and I managed to lose it just before the posted pictures. The smoke volume was voluptuous and had a nice earthy aroma.

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The second third of the Avo 85th LE11

Conclusion: While there are different cigars one can’t help but compare it to the previous editions, so the question is how does it compare. Both the LE 09 and LE10 had more depth and had more strength. While the LE11 lacked any real complexity and was pretty much straight forward this is a classic cigar that does justice to Avo Uvezian and is a welcomed addition to the Limited Edition family.

Avo 85th LE11

Near the end of my journey with the Avo 85th LE11

Rating: 91
Price:
$17.50