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Davidoff, Villa Gonzalez, Dominican Republic

Avo The Dominant 13th

In 2002 Ave started with a yearly limited release and in 2013 they went for the number 13 as a theme. It was the 13th limited edition as the first year they released two, one of the USA and one for Europe, it was 2013 so they put 13 cigars in a box and named it “the dominant 13th” which is a musical term and is a direct connection to Avo’s legacy as a great jazz musician. Today would have been his birthday, so I decided to publish this review as a tribute.

Only 9000 boxes of this 6×52 toro were made for a worldwide release and the box came with a USB stick with a short video, songs by Avo, information about the brand and a screensaver. The cigars have a mixture of Dominican filler tobacco with one Peruvian leaf, a Dominican binder and a Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper. I have one single cigar in my possession, I guess I bought it since I liked the La Trompeta, the 2012 limited edition a lot and wanted to try this one too but somehow it ended up in my humidor instead of in my mouth. Time to change that and light it up.

Once I take the cigar out of the cellophane I notice a very soft, almost velvet like, wrapper with a mild shine and a beautiful mocha color. The binder must be a different story as I see a lot of bumps under the wrapper, fellow cigar aficionado Joe Jackson would say “like a klingon beauty queen” as in his ‘Akward Age’ lyrics. The construction feels good though but the cap is a bit small. I love the rings, a matte brown with a broken white and Avo logo but what makes the ring so beautiful is the thin, shiny, silver line and the silver A in the logo. The second ring uses the same color scheme with a small silhouette of Avo on the ring and the word The Dominant 13th. The barnyard aroma is strong, a little ammonia, a little manure, deep and dark.

I punched the cigar. The cold draw is a little loose. I lit the cigar with a soft flame and I taste licorice, coffee and some sugar. After half an inch I taste cedar with licorice and nutmeg, a weird combination that doesn’t sound appealing and doesn’t taste good either. After a third I taste wood and nutmeg, the flavors have a greasy feeling to it. Halfway I taste this spicy, mild burning, wood. The final third starts peppery, woody and with a tiny bit of honey. Later I taste mint with pepper and confectioners sugar.

The draw is great and no complaints about the smoke either, thick, white and full. The burn needs correcting straight from the start though. The ash is dark yet firm. I miss complexity in this medium bodied, medium full flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? That’s a simple no!

Score: 79

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Bundle Selection lonsdale

Bundle selection is a brand specially made for the European market. They come, as the name already suggests, in bundles and are quite cheap. Due to the price they are quite popular, especially with young smokers or starters.
This 6 ¼ x 45 Lonsdale is made out of Dominican seco and Honduran filler, a java binder and a Sumatra seed wrapper from Mexico. The cigars don’t have a cigar band, they are packed in cello and there are 16 in a bundle. The wrapper has a lot of veins, but the construction feels good and the predraw is fine, it gives me a raisin flavor.
This cigar is musty, sweet and musty and not a lot of other flavors. After an inch I get a faint musty hay flavor. It’s not Cremosa bad, but just musty. Little over 1/2nd of the cigar I can taste some chocolate and musty wood. The smoke gets a bit thicker. I am glad that the turning point of this cigar comes early.
The smoke is quite thin and the ash is crooked and light colored. The burn is pretty straight. Due to the price and the mild/medium character of this cigar makes it a nice smoke for a starter.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I might have liked these when I was a start, but I moved on.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Avo 75th anniversary

I got this 7 x 50 Double Corona in a trade with another Dutch botl. This was the first ever Avo LE and was released in 2001. The blend became so popular that Avo decided to turn this into a regular production stick and named it the Signature line.
The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper isn’t very nice, lots of veins, the color isn’t very attractive too. The construction feels good though and the predraw is just fine. The cigar has a mild hay aroma.

090624avo75th2I can taste some bitter hay and coffee, the structure of the flavors is very dry. The hay flavor soon disappears and I am stuck with a mild bitter coffee. After an inch the bitterness disappears and I discover some mild chocolate underneath the coffee. The structure is still very dry. Halfway the coffee is gone too and all I taste is a mild to medium dry chocolate flavor until that flavor disappears into nothing around the 2/3rd mark. I taste absolutely nothing for a while until the chocolate returns.
I get lots of smoke from this stick and the burn is fine. The ash is light colored and frayed. This is a mild to medium stogie, both in flavor and body.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar has nothing special, it’s not a bad stick, but not worth smoking again when there are so many better sticks out there

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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The Griffin’s XXIII Limited Edition 2007

I bought a couple of these The Griffins XXIII when they were released in 2007 even though I wasn’t impressed by any of the other The Griffins I smoked in the past. I bought it because I hoped that a Limited Edition would be better than the original releases and because I really liked the carbon look tubes.
This Dominican 5 ¼ x 52 robusto has a nice light colored smooth silky wrapper. The cigar has a mild aroma of dry straw & hay. The predraw is good and gives me a dry, mild spicy wood flavor. The cigar feels well constructed.
I taste a cedar flavor with a dry structure. On the background, far on the background, I can also taste a dry milky chocolate. The chocolate is hard to discover. After an inch I also get a dry grass/hay flavor through the cedar. The flavors slowly come together until they are quite well balanced. There is also a floral flavor noticeable.
Halfway the cedar and the chocolate grow a bit in strength but the flavors are still medium at most. This cigar is quite one dimensional but consistent. It would make a nice morning or lunch cigar. I paid 8.50 euro for this cigar
The amount of smoke is mediocre and it is quite thin. The ash is medium gray and quite firm. The burn and draw are good. This is a medium flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I would smoke it though it someone gave it to me, it’s not a bad cigar and I enjoyed it, but I think these are sold out and if not I can get better cigars in the same price range.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Avo LE07

Avo releases a limited edition each year for a number of years now, and the LE07 is a nice ring 48 toro, 5 5/8 inch long with a nice yet little bumpy wrapper with a nice vein. This limited (only 4000 boxes) cigar as a light aroma and an easy, maybe too easy, predraw.

First I taste leather and then some cedar, with a dry feeling to it. There is a light pepper on the background and a bit liquorices like flavor too. Then the leather and cedar return to the surface again. After smoking half the cigar the pepper grows a bit in strength but it never overpowers the leather and cedar. There is not much progression in flavors, but the flavors are very consistent

The draw is a bit too easy, the burn is great and the smoke is nice, white and full enough.

Would I buy this cigar again? If they were still available, yes.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Private Stock robusto

Private Stock is a Dominican brand and they sell both longfillers and mediumfillers. The particular cigar I smoked was a longfiller, type Robusto with a 50 ring and a 130mm length. The wrapper is nice and silky and the cigar has the nice smell of dried hay.

When I light the cigar I can taste distinct leather with a bit of wood. The leather is consistent throughout the whole cigar, but the wood disappears soon. There is not a lot going in this cigar, its just leather, leather and leather and right before the turning point a hint of cacao. The turning point comes pretty early.

The draw wasn’t easy from the start but gets heavier and heavier to the point where I have to stick a toothpick through the cigar just to get the draw going again. The burn is ok though, no problems there. The ash is firm, but the smoke is medium, which might have something to do with the difficult draw.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar isn’t good enough for me.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 5 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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