Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun-grown Cuban Seed
Filler: Criollo Ligero, Piloto Cubano Ligero, San Vincente Ligero, Peruvian Seco
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Toro: 6 x 54
Cigar Coop Review: Avo Limited Edition 2009 Compañero
Show Video: Episode 131
The Avo Limied Edition 2009 is dubbed the “Compañero”. This is a name Uvezian has referred to Hendrik Kelner, the Master Blender from Davidoff who has collaborated to blend many Avo Cigars. It also commemorates Uvezian’s 83rd birthday.
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 did find some differences between the Avo Greatest Hits edition of the Compañero and the version I had smoked in the past. I still got similar notes of coffee, earth, and spice. This particular Compañero I smoked from the sampler seemed to definitely have more going on with the ligero filler. There was much more of a spice component in the first half. The spice was more of a signature Davidoff-esque herbal spice. The coffee notes didn’t really shine until the second half, but will still present. There was also less of a citrus component this time around.In terms of strength and body, this remained one of the fuller Avo Limited Editions. I still have it in the medium to full range for both attributes.
Overall, I found the sampler version of the Compañero to be a little less smooth than the originally released ones, but still a very good smoke and one worthy of a box split.