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Stogie Reviews: Avo Heritage Robusto

7 Oct 2010

If you thought of Avo as a predominantly mild brand, up until two years ago you’d be right. But recently Avo has taken on a more full-bodied edge, first with its 2009 and 2010 Limited Editions, and now with the Avo Heritage.

Avo HeritageIntroduced at the IPCPR Trade Show in August, the Avo Heritage is a four-size line with a Churchill (6.75 x 48), a Toro (6 x 50), a Short Robusto (4 x 56), and the Robusto (4.9 x 50) that is the subject of this review. Each costs $7-9 (this Robusto ran me $8 at a local Virginia shop).

The blend features Dominican binder and filler tobaccos with the same Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper that Avo featured in its 2009 “Compañero” Limited Edition. It is a dark, oily stick with a few prominent veins. A pre-light draw reveals musty notes and some spicy leather on the lips.

Once lit, the flavor is full-bodied with an intriguing mix of tastes. Leather, cinnamon, mustiness, peppery spice, cream, and cocoa are all evident.

Towards the final third, bready flavors are introduced as the peppery spice fades. What was once a full-bodied smoke loses a bit of its power but adds finesse as the profile takes on more rounded, balanced characteristics.

It’s very enjoyable smoke with commendable combustion qualities. Only one of my samples required a slight touch-up for an uneven burn. With an abundance of complexity, strength, and finesse, the AVO Heritage Robusto shines as one of the best new cigars of 2010 and earns an impressive rating of four and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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7 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Avo Heritage Robusto”

  1. mighty Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    Love these new AVO cigars. Their price point is great for the quality of the smoke, and I am very happy that AVO released a decently priced good smoke.

  2. George Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    I smoked one of these two days ago. It was honestly the most richly aromatic, tasty cigar I have enjoyed in years.

    The burn required lots of help and it eventually went out in the final quarter, but it was so powerful and delicious that I will be buying a box from my local shop. Perhaps some significant time in a humidor will calm the burn issues.

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