I’ve travelled down to Orlando for the past 2 years, and when I do I always make a point of stopping in Corona Cigar Company. It has given me a great opportunity to browse the shelves and find some cigars that would otherwise be impossible for me to get up in Canada. The Avo Lounge Edition is particularly limited as it is only sold at Avo lounge locations.
The Avo Lounge Edition is available in a double corona vitola (7-1/2” x 50) or the toro (6” x 50).
The nose on the Avo Lounge Edition is hay, honey, spices, dry earth and a hint of barnyard. I used my Xikar v-cutter and the draw was just slightly on the closed end.
My initial first few draws I was tasting hay with a pepper chaser. After the first third settles in there is a creaminess along with pepper at the end of the draw. I’m really digging the start here. Retrohale consisted of the same creamy pepper but the intensity level is more to the medium-full end for the pepper. Some honey starts to push into the flavor mix at the halfway mark. I get a thick earthiness as the first third closes out, which I would best describe as a subtle damp peat.
The second third is creamy with some dry cedar coming through at the end. The honey from the first third is present here but quite subdued.
In the last third I’m still getting pepper and honey on the retrohale but the intensity of flavors is much more mild and nuanced.
The Avo Lounge Edition toro is a fantastic cigar. I don’t typically gravitate towards Dominican filler cigars but this cigar seemed to have it all. I was taken on a flavor roller coaster ride of deliciousness with notes of honey, pepper, and creaminess. I wouldn't hesitate to grab a 5-pack of these the next time I was at an Avo lounge.
The Avo Lounge Edition would pair really well with a white tea, a delicate whisky (Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, Yamazaki, Glenfiddich), cream soda pop, or a summer ale.