Cigar Review: AVO Heritage

Size: 6.75×48, Churchill

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Dominican San Vincente

Filler: Dominican Ligero & Seco, Peruvian Seco

Strength: Medium/Full

Grade: 9.0

Price: Box of 20, $170.95

Today we have the newest release from Avo Uvezian. We have previously reviewed the AVO Limited Edition 2010, Lounge Edition, and Classic here at Toasted Foot and have really enjoyed them. Here is a bit of background on the brand.

Avo Uvezian was introduced to the cigar industry when he met Hendrik Kelner in 1982, though he began his career as a musician and later became a composer. The first AVO cigar went on sale in New York in 1988. The first year produced 100,000 cigars, which grew to over 3 million cigars per year within ten years. AVO cigars produce the XO Trio, XO Quartetto, Domaine, Signature, Puritos, 787, Classic, Maduro, and the Limited Edition line of cigars. Additionally, AVO produces a Lounge Edition cigar, which is sold exclusively in AVO Lounges across the world.

The AVO Heritage was released at the 2010 IPCPR in New Orleans. The blend features the same wrapper used in the AVO LE 2009 Companero, which received excellent reviews from cigar smokers. The Heritage is blended to be a bit fuller than the typical AVO offering and features three different tobaccos in the filler.  The Heritage is available in four sizes, Churchill (6.754×48), Toro (6×50), Robusto (4 7/8×50) and Short Robusto (4×56). I selected the Churchill for a formal review today at Toasted Foot.

Pre-light, 1.8:
The Ecuadorian wrapper on the cigar is medium brown in color with a reddish tint. The Heritage is smooth in texture with minimal veins along the 6 ¾ inch stick. The cigar is well packed with no soft spots and also has a good weight in the palm. The band on the Heritage is classic AVO, not much to speak of here. The pre-light aroma is of cedar, almost charred, with a floral scent at the foot. The cold draw follows the same pattern with a bit of spice being introduced as well.

Burn, 1.7:
Clipping the cap off this smoke and toasting the foot, the first draw is easy and this characteristic is true throughout the length of the smoke. The temperature was pleasant and did not warm up at any point. The ash did not hold well but was consistent in colors of medium gray to black. The cigar did not require any touch ups or re-lights.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the AVO Heritage produced notes of toasted wood and pepper spice. Directly into the first third the flavors mellow a bit with sweetness being added to the mix of woody tobacco and mild spice. The sweetness is very noticeable right after the draw is complete. The second third smoothed out even more, with the smoke becoming creamier but still dominated by woody tobacco and hints of sweetness and spice. Into the last third of the Churchill, the spice picks up a bit but is never overpowers the base note of cedar. The finish is nice on pleasant throughout and varies between spicy at the beginning to creamy at the end.

Overall, 2.8:
Priced at around eight dollars a stick, this is a lower price offering from AVO. The cigar is not full bodied, but lands squarely in the medium department for me. Well balanced and full of flavor, this is a good smoke for the money. I did not enjoy this cigar as much as the AVO Limited Edition 2010, but it is still another excellent product by Avo Uvezian and Hendrik Kelner. Available online and in the brick and mortars for the same pricing, I encourage you to give this cigar a try.

(Total: 9.0)