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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

AVO LE 05 2017 (Lost Edition)
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: arrow34
79
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the AVO LE 05 2017 (Lost Edition).  This critique has been generously sponsored by Brian Andrew-Desind of Privada Cigar Club.  Special thanks goes out to Brian for providing the sticks and Todd (tuck0411) for coordinating this!

In 2014, AVO Cigars produced a limited-edition box called the AVO Greatest Hits Sampler. The 14-count sampler contained every AVO limited edition since 2001 with the exception of the AVO LE05 and one of the two AVO 22 releases because Master Blender Eladio Diaz was unable to replicate these to his standards for the box. A few years later Eladio created this batch of 4,000 cigars that was up to par with what he was looking for. These cigars were not released or banded, and they became the Avo LE 05 2017 (Lost Edition).

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Length:
5.375
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Glenlivet 12 neat & soda water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

First impressions...
Cigar is hard, well packed.
Pre-light smell of the wrapper and foot are of a nice rich musty tobacco. No spice or pepper.  Medium oil.

Straight cut right off the end.  

Cold draw - green tea/oolong tea (that's a first), light hay

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting the cigar and drawing, I hear a crackling (one section of wrapper is burning faster than 2/3 of it...), same section is burning faster, will have to correct.  Ash stayed on for a few inches at a time.

After correction, same section is still burning a slight bit faster, but better. SOLID ash.

2/3 burn evens out without another touch-up.  Burn remained good with slight wavy lines and final burn was perfect.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

No label, celloed cigar, cello was untinted. Cigar looks good, triple cap like I would expect from an AVO. Construction is neat, perfect wrapper, smooth, triple cap, pretty firm, well packed, slight box press at the foot. Good draw and fair amount of smoke.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

Strength on light is on the lighter side of medium.

First 1/3, I am tasting wood, bread, a bit of pepper and light toasted nuts, metal on the retrohale.  Smooth, leather notes. Pretty pleasant aroma coming from the smoke. Body and flavor are just under medium.  Long dry finish.

Metallic taste going into the 2/3, grasses, acidic, light spice.  More leather coming in. Musty earth. Flavors are becoming a bit stronger, solid medium flavor now.  Body is medium, almost medium plus.

Final third flavors remain the same.  Dry leather, metallic earth, slight cream. Body is medium plus.

Summary

A great cigar, initially a bit of a strange burn. But settled out.  Overall a great cigar, but the flavor profile was not my cup of tea.  I expected a bit more out of AVO LE maybe,  I have had a fair number of AVO sticks, including a LE 30yr Maduro (which I LOVED).  A bit disappointed.



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