Cigar Review: Avo Syncro Nicaragua

Cigar Review: Avo Syncro Nicaragua

Avo Cigars / Davidoff AG
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & Peru
Size: 6” x 60
Strength: medium
Price: $9.90

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Overall Rating: 9.0

The Avo Syncro Nicaragua is the first new regular production line since the brand’s recent rebranding, and seems to be a perfect addition to the Avo line. Despite the cigar having the word Nicaragua in the name, it is not a Nicaraguan puro, but is instead a synchronization between Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, with some Peruvian filler and Ecuadorian wrapper for good measure. The Syncro Nicaragua manages to be both Classic Avo and something new altogether. It is an enjoyable cigar that is certain to please fans of Avo cigars.

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Pre-Light: The Avo Syncro Nicaragua has a classy looking merlot, grey and rose colored band, with the updated Avo logo. A beautiful milk chocolate brown wrapper with no prominent veins covers the Avo Syncro. Box pressed, the cigar is dry and firm to the touch.

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There’s a very strong saddle leather aroma to the wrapper. Scents of oatmeal, leather, rose petals are noticeable from the unlit foot of the cigar. The cold draw lets through flavors of earth, oatmeal, leather, and just a hint of a chocolate note.

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Burn: A phenomenal draw allows through a massive amount of flavorful smoke. The burn on the Avo Nicaragua is a bit wavy at times, but it never gets out of hand or needs correcting from a lighter.

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Flavor: There’s a wonderful sweetness to the Avo Syncro Nicaragua right from the start. Notes of cashews, earth and hay blend together with a slight background hint of cedar. On the retrohale, cashews and nutmeg dominate while a very subtle rose petal note is also detectable. There is none of the pepper that is typically associated with Nicaraguan cigars. At the transition to the second third of the Avo Nicaragua, flavors of toast and honey blend together with the existing cashews, nutmeg and mild cedar. As the second third begins, there’s a mix of cashews, leather, earth and subtle milk chocolate in the foreground, while in the background there are slight hints of cedar and herbs. By the halfway point, the retrohale has become a mix of cashews, cedar and mild herbal spice. The final third of the Avo Syncro Nicaragua begins with the herbal spice, rose petals and cedar becoming more prevalent. At this point, there’s a bit of that sweet tang that I’ve come to associate with Davidoff cigars of all kinds. For the first time in the cigar a bit of pepper begins to take shape, but it is not domineering and only serves to compliment the other flavors of cedar, honey, cashews, graham cracker and subtle milk chocolate. Nearing the end of the Avo Syncro Nicaragua the slight milk chocolate note moves a bit more to the forefront and is joined by cedar, cashews, grass, herbal spice and flora note.

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Overall: Since Davidoff A.G. owns the Avo brand, and the Davidoff Nicaraguan was so great a cigar, I had high hopes for the Avo Syncro Nicaragua. While the Avo is not the trendsetting business altering cigar that the Davidoff Nicaragua was, it is a great cigar and wonderful change of pace for the Avo brand. There are some very interesting flavors to the Syncro Nicaragua, and they occur in very interesting combinations. Medium bodied, full flavored and well made, the Avo Syncro Nicaragua makes for an enjoyable experience. Ava fans will find this cigar both a departure from the standard and familiar at the same time. Personally, I found the Avo Syncro to be a very good cigar, that will certainly become a regular fixture in my humidor.

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Pairing: The red wine drinker will find the Avo Syncro Nicaragua a great cigar for pairing. A Pinot Noir or Merlot will go best, but really any red varietal is a good choice for pairing. The scotch drinker will find the Glenmorangie Lasanta, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban or Balvenie 21 PortWood will also compliment the Avo Nicaragua nicely.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review were provided by Avo Cigars / Davidoff A.G. No request for review was made. While the generosity is very much appreciated, it does not effect the way that this cigar is rated. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.