But while most super premiums were basically cut from the same mild cloth—Connecticut shade wrapper, Dominican filler, maybe Mexican binder for a teeny bit of zing—the original Avo offered a bolder recipe. It used an unusually dark, chestnut-hued Connecticut wrapper in place of the typical blond leaf, as well as a seemingly richer blend of Dominican fillers. Where the other cigars all tasted primarily of light wood, Avos were richer and spicier. At their best, they were a delight during a time where blandness ruled. We’re talking pre-Ernesto Perez-Carrillio days.
When the company recently refreshed the brand’s look with new boxes and bands, it quietly kicked the blend up another (slight) notch by replacing the wrapper with an even darker, oilier Ecuador-grown, Connecticut seed leaf. What was once a mild- to medium-bodied blend is now solidly medium, and more in line with contemporary tastes. The packaging is still elegant, but more modern, while the cigar remains gorgeous and well-made.
We have to call bullshit on the claim that Avos are made using “rare tobaccos that have been aged for 25 years.” It’s hard to believe that they’ve been salting away thousands of pounds of tobacco with such foresight. That’s kind of like saying a blended scotch contains whiskys aged up to 50 years…sure, maybe 1/10 of a milliliter just to give the claim merit. Common sense should tell you only a portion of the tobaccos are so well aged. No matter though. The cigar is excellent and no such marketing hype is really needed.
Toward the end of the cigar, the strength ramps up and it begins to verge on medium-full in body. The leathery and earthy character takes center stage along with more spice. If that doesn’t appeal to you, smoke the No. 2 (toro) instead…it’s 1.5 inches shorter and because of that, there’s less opportunity for nicotine to build up in those final inches.
These are made at OK Cigars, right next to the Davidoff factory and part of that company’s brand portfolio. The identically sized Davidoff Double R is $30 and it’s a nice smoke, though milder and far less complex. At $10, the Avo Classic No. 3 is frankly twice as good at one-third the price. Sure, it’s probably unfair to compare the two merely because they’re made by the same company. But the Avo has the same smoothness and sophistication we’ve come to expect from Davidoff at a (relatively) affordable price. It even stacks up against Davidoff Nicaragua, and you know how much we like those.
Highly recommended—a full flavored and luxurious smoking experience without any excess strength. Easy to enjoy anytime. An elegant treat and a decent value considering it's marketed as a luxury brand. The new Avo Classic is clearly better than ever, and just strong enough that we're curious about its aging potential. Stay tuned for a follow up...in a few years.
B: Dominican Republic
F: Dominican Republic
The epitome of a classy, modern cigar. Bold but not strong. Leathery, rich, earthy, sweet and spicy. A decadent double corona perfect for any time of day.