Avo Classic Tubes!The Avo Classic cigar, like all other stogies produced by this company, is named after Avo Uvezian. Uvezian had a long career as a jazz pianist in both the Middle East and the U.S. before serving during the Korean War. He then settled into the tobacco business after his tour of duty. During the 1980s, Uvezian opened a restaurant in Puerto Rico and fell in love with the tobacco industry. He met Hendrik Kelner, a master blender, in 1982 and together they produced their first product in 1988.

Since then, the company has gone on to produce many blends, but the Avo Classic cigar will always be known as the first. This stick is composed of five different tobaccos, including a San Vicente and Domincan Olor binder and filler. All of the plants are grown in the Cibao Valley, an area noted for its quality of tobacco. The wrapper is a Connecticut blonde and is the color of leather. There is some slight veining, and many reviewers noted that it gives a little when it is squeezed. The construction is designed to be delicate. The band features the company insignia and is consists of white, brown, black and gold colors. Uvezian’s name is spelled out in block type, flanked by gold ornamentation.

The first third of the Avo Classic cigar eases into several flavors, including cocoa, charred wood and cream. Most aficionados found that the cocoa is the first to take hold, but the cream eventually becomes the dominant note of the bunch. By the end of the first third, the charred wood taste has faded out. A few aficionados also noted some faint spice darting in and out. At this point, the stick is mild-bodied.

During the second third of the stick, the cream and cocoa remain on the palate, though they are joined with some fuller flavors. These tastes include oatmeal and some sharp citrus acidity. The cream maintains lead position, with the cocoa secondary and the rest of the flavors in the background. Some reviewers found the citrus acidity to be strong enough to elevate the Avo Classic cigar into the medium range, though most still found it mild-bodied.

In the final third of the cigar, the smoke production ramps up and the charred wood note is introduced back into the mix. The cream, cocoa and wood flavors take turns as the dominant taste, while the oatmeal and citrus flavors disappears. The stogie finishes off smoothly and with a little warmth.

For most smokers, this is a mild-bodied stick without a heavy nicotine punch. This makes the Avo Classic cigar a perfect introductory smoke for novices. The construction is solid, with the burn maintaining a strong line and the draw just loose enough to manage. The ash is salt and pepper and holds on for about an inch before dropping off. This stogie is available in five formats, including Corona Extra (4 4/5 x 48), Toro (6 x 50), Piramides (6 1/2 x 54), Grand Corona (6 9/10 x 46) and Double Corona (7 1/2 x 50). The Double Corona is only available in the U.S., and many reviewers stated that it performs better after spending some time in a humidor.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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