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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

AVO Limited Edition 2014 AVO 88
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: David Robinson (gitfiddl)
89
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 Good ol' PBR in a can

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

The cigar I received was gorgeous.  The wrapper had s nice sheen to it and the cigar felt very firm when rolled between the fingers.  It had a nice earthy smell to it.  The cap of this torpedo cut cleanly.  The pre-light draw was just a tad on the tight side and the taste was the same as the smell: nice earthy tobacco.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

I toasted the foot and lit the cigar with a soft-flame lighter.  Throughout the two hours' smoke-time, the burn needed no touch-ups or relights.  The smoke volume was a little on the shy and thinner side.  The ash produced was a firm grey and dropped off the first time just shy of two inches in a solid chunk.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

As I said before, the cigar was beautiful.  The wrapper was flawless, with no really visible seams and just the smallest veins apparent.  It had the finest tooth, felt like velvet and had a nice sheen.

The draw was my only big issue with this cigar.  Pre-light, it was just on the tight side of perfect.  Cutting torpedoes and pyramides has always worried me.  Too little and the draw is tight; too much and the wrapper starts to unwrap.  And maybe because of the funnel shape of the head and the build-up of moisture, the draw always seems to get tighter as the smoke progresses.  This was no exception, to the point I actually had to run a tiny drill bit to unclog it during the last third of smoking the cigar.  I don't think the cigar was over-humidified.  Judging by the overall firmness of the cigar, I think it was just a really tight roll.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

I would consider this cigar to be medium in body and strength.  It started with a mix of woody and black coffee-like flavors, with a hint of cedar underneath.  About two inches in, I noticed some subtle creamy notes coming into play.  Shortly thereafter, the draw started getting tight and the flavor got really bitter.  Once I unclogged the cigar, I was treated to a really nice mix of leather, cream, and some cedary pepperish flavors that lasted until the end.

Summary

A beautiful looking cigar that had a couple of issues, but was still very enjoyable.  Loaded with good, straightforward cigar flavors. Thank you, Colin (shakinghorizons), for sponsoring this one and letting me participate.



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