Avo Signature Series StogieThe Avo Signature cigar is one of Uvezian’s oldest and most respected blends. Since 1988, this line has been in production. It has garnered a lot of attention over the years and is still a stalwart among many aficionados. Like all of the brand’s blends, the tobaccos in this stick come from the Cibao Valley, one of the best places in the world for growing tobacco. The plants are aged for years before they are harvested, giving this stogie a mature flavor profile that’s filled with interesting notes.

The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sun Grown and the binder and fillers are both aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. The binder is a ligero leaf that is aged for four years before rolling. The wrapper of the Avo Signature cigar is fermented many times at the company’s factory. The wrapper is medium brown and has some veining. It is silky to the touch and very firm. The stick comes with a band that features the familiar brand logo. It is maroon, black and white, with the interlocked A and V in the center. This stick is available in five vitolas, including Small Corona (4 1/2 x 43), Robusto (5 x 52), Belicoso (6 x 48), Lonsdale (6 1/4 x 43) and Double Corona (7 x 50).

The pre-light draw produces some subtle wood, leather, spice and hay flavors, according to reviewers. Once lit, the first third of the Avo Signature cigar begins light, but complex. Aficionados detected several notes in the profile, including hay, coffee, spice, cream, lemongrass, wood and nougat. The dominant flavors are the coffee and spice, though they don’t overpower the more subtle tastes. The wood and hay notes, in particular, are paired off well with each other.

In the second third of the stick, most of the previous flavors are still present. A nutty flavor emerges and quickly joins the wood and hay flavors in a well-balanced background. This trio provides a strong foundation for the bolder lemongrass and coffee notes. The cream and spice fade out completely, but a cocoa flavor appears. The cocoa is most noticeable on the finish, as is the coffee. At this point, reviewers were most impressed with the delicate balance between all of the complex tastes.

In the final third of the Avo Signature cigar, the coffee and cocoa notes assert themselves as the boldest. The lemongrass starts off strong in the final third, but slowly fades out until it isn’t noticeable at all by the nub. Some reviewers felt that the hay and wood flavors change a bit in this part of the stogie, invoking a damp barnyard taste together. An earth note becomes apparent on the finish, and is present with the coffee and cocoa notes until the very end.

Most aficionados considered the Avo Signature cigar to be around medium in terms of body and strength. Some considered it a little less than medium. The flavors, though, are extremely complex and realized well, making it a perfect stick for anyone. It’s also an ideal stogie to pair with breakfast or in the evening, when a nicotine bomb isn’t what’s needed. The burn and draw both received high scores, likely due to the stick’s strong construction.

Even though this stogie has been around for decades, it is still worth a serious aficionado’s attention.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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