Wrapper: Habano 2000 Ecuador
Binder: Yamasá (Dominican)
Filler: Dominican (Piloto, Habano-seed Viso, San Vincente Ligero, Corojo/Olor Ligero), Peruvian Viso
Toro: 6 x 52
Price: $15.00 ($225.00 for Sampler).
The Avo Limited Edition series is a favorite among cigar enthusiasts. The series was launched in 2001 and has followed each year with a different limited production release is done in a different size and a different blend. The releases are timed around brand ambassador Avo Uvezian’s birthday (March). Just prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show a sampler of all of the releases (minus the 2005) called Avo’s Greatest Hits was announced.
I found the Avo Dominant 13th in the Greatest Hits Sampler to still be a complex and flavorful smoke. The flavors delivered are chocolate, earth, black pepper, cream, toasted nut, and some trademark Davidoff grassy herbal notes. I found the chocolate notes to be a big difference as when I smoked this last year, these notes were more of a black coffee flavor. The chocolate flavors are more prevalent in the first half, and there is some spice to close out the experience.
I also found the strength and body to be dialed back with the Avo’s Greatest Hits version. This was more of a medium strength cigar. The flavors are medium to full-bodied and hit full-bodied on the last third.
This cigar is a box worthy cigar.