We rarely hear about Avo. A range made by Davidoff group in the Dominican Republic it is fairly scare in our retailers. Named for the Armenian-American jazz pianist, Avo Uvezian, the brand produces complex cigars with essentially Dominican tobacco. Launched in the USA at the tail end of 2015, the new range – Avo Syncro Box-Pressed – was the first in a series of Nicaragua-made products (a second range, Fogata, is currently being launched in the States). With their unique blend of diverse origins – Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru – the Avo Syncros are subtle and elegant. And they have just landed in France in stylishly simple boxes.
Avo Syncro Nicaragua Box-Pressed Robusto
Binder: Dominican Rep.
Filler: Dominican Rep., Nicaragua, Peru
Dimensions: 127 mm × 50 (19.84 mm)
APPEARANCE: Square body, slightly dull chocolaty wrapper.
PRE-LIGHT: Dry wood, cocoa. Subtle but rich (gamey).
After a subtle yet tasty opening, a good volume of smoke arrives quickly. The first third is then a blend of finesse and elegance. A woody and chocolaty flavor profile establishes itself. The strength is measured, mild even, providing a creamy and indulgent sensation in the mouth. Vegetal hints (dry flowers) made themselves felt. The very pleasant first third flies by thanks to an easy draw.
The second third shifts towards a deeper, but still refined, flavor profile. The smoke is meatier and persistent. This box-pressed robusto is very easy to smoke, not harsh in the slightest, despite the increasing strength. The construction is very homogenous, and the burn impeccable. A slight change at the end of the second third: the organic notes are accentuated, and the woody tones become oily and dark, with a hint of dry peat.
The dry organic touches are more insistent (smoked bark) in the final third, and it becomes increasingly intense. More and more persistent, the smoke is still full-flavored and meaty. The cigar then puffs out its chest and gives you everything it’s got; with the strength building to close to tipping point. The terroir remains quite marked (cocoa beans), with mineral touches, in a fairly spicy finish.
To our great delight, Avo has started making blends of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco. This is a charming little cigar with plenty of character. Despite an uncompromising final third, it retains its coherence and subtlety. A very well-made stick and a good introduction to the unconventional box-pressed format.
Aftertaste persistence: 7
Rate : 4/5