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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

AVO Limited Edition 2014 AVO 88
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
90
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member shakinghorizons (Colin).  This particular round was run as a blind review.  Each member received the exact same stick and none of them knew what it was.  The actual stick that was reviewed was the AVO Limited Edition 2014 AVO 88.

Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Dominican Republic
Color:
Colorado
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Torpedo

This cigar was enjoyed with Ice Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

Very nice looking cigar, I don't think I've ever seen a cigar that has a as much of a pronounced point on the head as this one. The wrapper is smooth and oily with only a couple very minor veins that are visible but not noticeable to the touch. The cigar had a solid feel with no soft spots.

The aroma of the cigar reminds me of a cup of hot cocoa.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting the cigar was a breeze. The cigar burned perfectly the entire length, no touch ups or relights even after leaving the cigar sit for a couple minutes.

Smoke volume was perfect, nice mouthfuls and plenty to retro and blow smoke rings.

The ash held on for over an inch, nice a solid with a light grey color.

Total burn time was 1 hour 45 minutes.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The construction of the cigar is top notch. No soft spots, no issues with the burn. The wrapper is a nice smooth oily milk chocolate. The cap is expertly applied with no noticeable seems.

Cutting off about half the point/cap provided a perfect draw resulting in no extra work to smoke the cigar.

The burn, construction and look of the cigar are virtually perfect.

Flavor: 26 Points of 35 Possible

The cigar starts out really light with just hints of the milk chocolate aroma, The profile only changes at about the midpoint adding in some type of baking spice that i can't exactly place.

The first half was very light and smooth. Along with the milk chocolate the profile reminded me of a cookie, something like short bread. No sweetness really, but good.

The second half added some kind of spice, baking spice or anise without the licorice flavor. It hangs on the tongue through the second half. into the last third there seems to a floral note that I can't place either. Seems to be more going on in the second half then the first but it's very unlike any cigars I normally smoke so it's hard to nail down.

Overall I would put the cigar at medium for both body and strength.

Summary

The was a blind review and I have no idea where to even begin at a guess of what this might be.

The construction, burn and appearance of the cigar were perfect. The flavor profile left just a little to be desired. It wasn't bad by any means just lighter than I normally smoke, the first half anyway. The second half with the addition of a little spice was great.

Overall this is a very good cigar that performed like I would think a very expensive cigar should perform.

Thank you to Colin - shakinghorizons for including me in the critique!



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