Line: Improvisation 30th
Size: Double Corona (7.5 x 50)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Marron
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by: Avo Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
In 2018 the AVO brand celebrates its 30th anniversary and the new Improvisations 30 Year is sixth cigar released under the Improvisations line. The cigar is packaged in 25 count white boxes with a total of 2,400 boxes being produced. This will be a one time release.
The prelight draw brought some notes of leather, a damp, musty, earthy quality, and a touch of black pepper spice that lingered on my lips and tongue. The wrapper was a medium khaki brown with some noticeable veins but a smooth overall appearance. It was really hard to spot the seams in the wrapper and the cigar felt very solid in my hand.
After lighting the cigar and taking a few initial puffs, the first thing I noticed was the creamy and thick texture of the smoke. The main flavor note was very distinct and unique but also difficult to describe. It was a funky earthy flavor that reminded me of potting soil mixed with sand and a touch of black pepper spice that lingered on the palate and tongue. The retrohale was very smooth and had a whipped butter type of quality. As I progressed further into the first third that funky earthy quality remained the primary flavor and it was backed some wood notes and a gentle black pepper spice on the retrohale. It seemed like that unique earthy quality was ramping up all the way through the first third. The first third started out more on the mild side and then transitioned into medium strength and full flavor.
Going into the second third that distinct earthy flavor dropped off sharply and the cigar transitioned to more of a wood forward profile. I was also getting some creamy notes that I often associate with classic connecticut wrapper cigars, and the cream had a supery butter texture that was almost savory in the way it coated my mouth. A fresh baked bread flavor started to develop about halfway through the second third, and was very complimentary with the wood and cream flavors that remained dominant throughout the second third. The overall strength remained medium with flavors transitioning back and forth between medium and medium-full.
As I transitioned into the final third that fresh baked bread quality really took the forefront, and a warm bell pepper type of spice lingered on the finish along with some wood notes. That earthy flavor from the first third made another appearance but it was more in the background and part of the finish. There was a nice sweetness that developed in the final third too. It complimented the bread and wood notes with that earthy flavor in the background, and was a refreshing way for the cigar to finish. The final third was medium strength with medium-full flavors.
Total smoking time was about 2 hours 15 minutes.
Construction of this cigar was simply amazing; the draw and burn for the entire smoking experience was perfect. The ash held firmly for at least an inch at a time before dropping off. I really loved the first third of this cigar and wish I could come up with a better description for that funky earthy quality because it was a very unique flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed. The second third transitioned into more classic cigar territy, and then I liked how the sweetness entered near the end because it was refreshing on my palate after a 2 hour smoking session. This will be a great cigar for those warm summer afternoons when you can find 2+ hours to enjoy a cigar.
I think this cigar would pair well with a Japanese Whiskey, a scotch finished in sherry casks like the Balvenie Doublewood, or a bourbon like Angel’s Envy.
Jason’s rating: 92 (AKA “Box Split”)