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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

AVO Limited Edition 2014 AVO 88
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Tom (Silverstix)
97
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 Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

A dry looking wrapper with a little bit of tooth, oily and smooth to the touch. Packed and rolled very solidly, the foot looks very nicely filled. Seams are real tight, not overly visible at all. The belicoso cap is very well done. Faint tobacco aroma from foot and wrapper.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

Burn is perfect. Took a little bit of extra torch to get her toasted up properly, probably from being so filled, but once she got toasted it was off to the races with a razor sharp burn and plenty of thick smoke production. No re-lights required. Ash held on in solid 1" chunks, bright white with streaks of charcoal.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Clipped the smallest bit of the cap of that I possibly could, and the draw was perfect - easy and free. While smoking, the draw stayed easy with very little effort required. The wrapper stayed intact and there were no issues with the construction.

Flavor: 34 Points of 35 Possible

1/3 - Red pepper/cedar/oily smoke. Red pepper stayed on the tongue and down the back of my throat for a long finish. Sweet cedar-y red pepper is the overall profile so far. There is also some floral sweetness developing on the draw, with it being more prevalent with the cigar at rest.

2/3 - A bit of licorice starting to come into play. Red pepper/molasses/cedar are the main flavors in that order. Still a long finish on the tongue and throat with red pepper. Sweet cedar-y red pepper is still the main profile I'm getting, with some grass and earth starting to come through.

3/3 - Cedar/grass/cream are the major flavors now with the red pepper backing off to a distant background note. Finish is a much smoother grass/earth finish. Very strong floral notes, almost like perfume. Towards the nub some dark roast coffee comes into play, and we're done.

Summary

Colin - I can't thank you enough for including me in your December Geek Critique again this year! The blind reviews are a lot of fun.

Since this is a blind review, I have no idea what I'm smoking. Construction is too good to be Cuban, I don't get the typical cocoa/chocolates that come in Nicaraguan cigars, but the red pepper/sweet cedar does remind me very much of a Dominican cigar. My guess is an Opus X Super Belicoso, based on the few Opus X that I've smoked. Regardless, this was a very tasty cigar that was well made and lasted for 1:40. I can't wait to find out the ID so that I can go out and find some more!



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