Avo. A name synonymous with fine cigars and musical talent. Over three decades ago in the early 1980’s, Avo quietly entered into the premium cigar market only selling 120,000 cigars in his first year. Fast forward to 1995, Davidoff took over distribution for Avo Uvezian and sold over 2,000,000 cigars that very next year. In the past, Avo Uvezian primarily used tobaccos from the Dominican Republic for his blends. More specifically, he has not used any other growing regions as a direct selling point for his cigars until less than a year ago. It is the fifth regular production cigar offered by the company. This is the Avo Syncro Nicaragua.
What am I smoking?
Cigar Review: Avo Uvezian Syncro Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Peru
Size: 5 Inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Power: 7 / 10
Packaging & Design
The Avo Syncro Nicaragua comes in flat wooden boxes of 20 cigars, accompanying two rows of 10. The look of the box has a modernized art-deco appearance, using bold overlaying colors of red, tan and gray with the Avo logo stamped in the middle. This design continues on the inside of the box and the bands on the cigars as well. I love the way these boxes look, it’s a slick and eye catching design.
The Avo Syncro Nicaragua has a sharply box pressed shape. Not quite as sharp as something like the La Flor Dominicana Double Press, but sharp nonetheless. The appearance of the wrapper is medium tan in color with a velvety smooth texture. There are minimal veins and near invisible seams. It is obvious this cigar was made with care, as there are no soft spots or blemishes that stand out. Smelling the foot of the cigar, I can detect notes of cedar, tobacco and black pepper. After clipping the Avo Syncro Nicaragua with my Colibri S Cut, the pre-light draw offers the same flavors that were present in the aroma.
After half an inch into this cigar, I can already tell that Nicaraguan tobacco is playing the starring role. Rich pepper and leather is dominant up front, followed by a dry and woody sweetness that I contribute to the presence of Dominican fillers.
Towards the midway point, the flavor builds up a bit and adds nuances of cedar, raisins and tart fruit. The construction is holding up very well for a box pressed cigar, remaining straight all the way down to the final third. I’m enjoying all the subtle complexities it has to offer this far.
Finishing up on the Avo Syncro Nicaragua, body is up in the medium plus range showing off a bouquet of cracked black pepper, aged tobacco, rosemary and a touch of cayenne heat. The draw resistance of the cigar was a happy medium from start to nub.
Total burn time was just shy of one hour and thirty minutes.
It’s not every day that you have a cigar that tastes as good as it looks. And I know looks aren’t everything, but its something that can mean the difference between buying a cigar or leaving it on the shelf. I thought the Avo Syncro Nicaragua was a smoke that lived up to the classy packaging and the appearance of the cigar itself. Offering frequent changes in the profile, it held my attention throughout the entire smoking experience.