Cigar Review: AVO Classic

Size: 5×60, Toro (No. 2)

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Blend of 5 tobaccos, mostly Dominican

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $143.99

Grade: 9.2

Avo cigars are produced at the Tabadom Factory by the same folks that bring us Davidoff. Avo Uvezian is know to some as the man behind a quality cigar line, but to most others he is known for being a world famous jazz musician and composer. When Avo decided to make a cigar he knew where to go and began conversation with Hendrik Kelner, the master blender behind both Davidoff and Cusano.

We’ reviewed a couple other Avo cigars in the past, the 2010 Limited Edition and the Lounge Edition.

Pre-light, 1.8:
The AVO Classic sports a beautiful almond wrapper that has the slightest bit of a red hue. The roll along seams is smooth and there are minimal veins, with only one that is enlarged and noticeable. A firm roll throughout is topped with a rugged triple cap. The cloth textured band is elegant and presents a very appealing cigar. The aroma is of sweet hazelnut and you can sense the buttery creaminess. On the draw there is a slight resistance and the flavor is creamy with notes of green, dry wood.

Burn, 1.9:
Though tight through the first third, the draw opens up quickly and presents a beautiful ash and burn line that is very reminiscent of Davidoff cigars. There are no worries of the cigar extinguishing itself, it never burned hot, and it smoked clean to the nub.

Flavor, 2.7:
In true Dominican form, there is lots of cream up front with some bordering notes of hazelnut and cashews. The profile is very gentle to begin with. Moving into the middle third, the cream becomes drier and presents a longer and more pronounced finish that lingers in the back of the throat. The shift is subtle and gentle but pleasant. Toward the nub in the final third, the creaminess returns and brings a buttery texture and a continued long and lingering finish.

Overall, 2.8:
At around $5.75 in the box, the AVO Classic No. 2 is a real treat to smoke. The construction is near flawless and the flavor is clean, smooth, and consistent. If you enjoy milder smokes this is definitely one to pick up; it ranks in my top 5 for mild bodied cigars.

(Total: 9.2)