Review: AVO Improvisation 30 Year

The AVO Improvisation 30 Year, is the sixth installment of the AVO Improvisation Series. Started in 2015, with the AVO Classic Covers Volume 1, this series takes select tobaccos from previous AVO releases and incorporates them into a whole new blend.  The AVO 30 Years Improvisation uses tobaccos from the AVO Classic and is a one time release with only 2,400 boxes of 25 to be produced. It was released in March to coincide with Uvezian’s birthday, which was March 22.

AVO Improvisation 30 Year

Size: 7.5 x 50

Vitola: Double Corona

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Marron

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

MSRP: $16.00

Cigars smoked for review: 2

Cigars for review provided by: AVO Cigars

Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system

Prelight: This is a beautiful, if not very sizable cigar. At 7 1/2” there is a lot of room for errors to happen in construction, but this cigar looks perfect. Smooth, straight, and cleanly rolled, with a light caramel colored wrapper. There is a medium amount of tooth and minimal veins on this Ecuadorian Marron wrapper, which could pass for any Connecticut in looks. The wrapper aroma is exceptional, with notes of cedar, caramel, barnyard aromas, and a slight white pepper.

Beginning: The first puffs of the AVO Improvisation 30 Year are insanely flavorful. Bold bursts of caramel and burnt sugar are followed by a dry & muted, white pepper finish. The retro hale amplifies the sweetness and depth of the caramel and burnt sugar, but especially the burnt sugar. The first third of this cigar takes right at an hour and burns dead on. Razor sharp burn line, tight ash, no issues, and a fair amount of smoke. Body and strength are a steady medium.

Middle: The second third shows a surprising shift, right on cue. Surprising, because it hits almost right on cue, at about 2 1/2” into the cigar. The body jumps up closer to medium, while the strength gets right up to the medium point. The flavor shifts suddenly to a cedar, cedar spice, and dirty fudge note. With more burn in the nostrils on the retrohale. The burnt sugar note is still present, but it has moved from the front, to the longer, less dry finish. I also start to get hints of that graham cracker, though very muted. This third took right at another hour to smoke.

End: The final third really starts to ramp up in strength and body, probably due to the sheer length of this cigar. The burnt sugar is up front and bold, mixed with a strong smokiness. The further along I get, the more I notice the strength and depth of the smoky burnt caramel & sugar notes. The burn and ash remained perfect to the end, and this final portion lasted about 45 min.

Final Thoughts: It’s not often I can fit in an almost three hour cigar, but the AVO Improvisation 30 Year makes for an enjoyable time. Tons of very distinct and enjoyable flavors, zero construction or burn issues, and an overall great experience to smoke. Is this a lengthy and time consuming cigar? Yes. Is it expensive? For the most part, yes. Is it worth every penny? This is one of those times I would say yes.

Rating: 92 aka “Box Split”

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Comment by Jeff M. on May 9, 2018 at 10:22am
I think $16 is cheap compared for three hours of enjoyment. Thanks for the review!

Comment by 007MI6 on May 9, 2018 at 1:44pm

I totally agree. Especially for a QUALITY 3 hours of enjoyment, such as this was. But not everyone sees things like we do. ;)

Comment by Ky70 on May 10, 2018 at 12:58pm

Nice write-up.  I really enjoyed this cigar too (Very good flavors).  Oddly enough, I smoked each of my 2 samples in around 2 hours and 15-20 minutes.  I'm not a fast smoker so I don't really have an explanation.  

Comment by 007MI6 on May 10, 2018 at 1:01pm

I'm a slow smoker, that's for sure. Always have been, for better or worse. Get more bang for my buck I guess, but I also have a hard time finding time sometimes by smoking slow. I've tried, but I always default to slow. 

Comment by Trippopolis on May 10, 2018 at 2:43pm

I really enjoyed this cigar.  I've always liked AVOs, and this one is more like an old-school AVO after the Ritmo/Syncros of the last few years.

Comment by 007MI6 on May 10, 2018 at 3:00pm

I'm definitely not hearing anything bad about this one. And securing more would not be a bad thing. lol

Comment by MillerMan on May 16, 2018 at 5:29pm
Thanks for the review, well done


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