Avo Cigars AVO Syncro Nicaragua
Swiss conglomerate Oettinger Davidoff AG continues to make investments in cultivating tobaccos outside of the Dominican Republic. Its Avo brand, the brainchild of composer Avo Uvezian and Master Blender Henke Kelner, has been renowned for decades as a consistent, well-constructed balanced Dominican filled cigars. After the 2015 Limited Edition Avo Covers incorporated Nicaraguan leaves in its filler blends, Avo is introducing a new regular production line called Avo Syncro Nicaragua that contains Nicaraguan tobacco in its filler. Like other Avo Cigars, the Avo Syncro Nicaragua has a balanced profile, however it is medium to full in body. The Avo Syncro Nicaragua incorporates diverse flavors in its filler blend from tobaccos sourced from the volcanic Ometepe island, Nicaragua, Peru (Olancho), and the Dominican Republic (Piloto, San Vicente Mejorado and hybrid Olor/Piloto). The binder is Dominican and the wrapper is a gorgeous, oily, and very dark, practically colorado, Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed. The blend is described as delivering “a cigar with Nicaraguan fire, Dominican flair, and a world of stories.” The name “Syncro” is a play on the theme of “synchronization” in music. In this case, it refers to the synchronization of the Dominican and Nicaraguan cigar experience.
From Avo Cigars: “Inspired by the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Avo Uvezian, our Master Blender has ventured to the untamed heart of Central America. Capturing sweet and spicy flavors from the rich, volcanic soil of Nicaragua and blending them with the soft, creamy notes of the finest Dominican leaves. Resulting in a smooth and balanced box-pressed cigar with unexpected depth and complexity. As the first in our Syncro Series, AVO Nicaragua is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. One that begins on the remote island of Ometepe; a unique landscape where a rare and exceptional tobacco is grown. Known for its wild character and peppery notes, we carefully fuse this tobacco with earthy flavors from our estate in the Dominican Republic. The composition is an experience that is perfectly in sync with the moments worth sharing.”
Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Innovation, spoke of the new Avo Syncro Nicaragua: “Experience the thrill of surprising notes from diverse cultures! AVO Syncro brings new and exciting blends to delight today’s aficionados. The fusion of tobaccos from various origins allows the creation of new and surprising taste experiences that will, in the AVO way, generate memorable sharing moments.” Brand ambassador Avo Uvezian also commented, “I am delighted to share with you and aficionados around the globe this exciting new line of Avo Cigars. Avo Cigars are ready to give the performance of a lifetime. It’s about surprising and enjoyable experiences, the blending of various cultures – experiences perfectly in sync with the moments worth sharing.
The Avo Syncro Nicaragua is rolled at Davidoff’s Tabadom factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. It is offered in four sizes: Short Robusto (4 x 52), Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 54) and Special Toro (6 x 60). Each cigar is box-pressed, another departure from Avo’s traditional parejos.
HIGHLY RATED! Cigar Aficionado gave the Toro a 93 rating making it into the Top 25 of 2015 at No. 16 noting: "blocky dimensions and smart blending allow each tobacco to express itself, showing notes of leather, minerals and a dried apricot sweetness."