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AVO “85th” Anniversary Edition Cigar 2011

Pinellas Park, FL, March 14, 2011 – Cigar luminary Avo Uvezian is celebrating his 85th birthday with the release of his Limited Edition Anniversary Cigar, the “85th”. The “85th” marks the tenth annual limited edition release from AVO Cigars, a tradition the legendary cigar composer started to commemorate since his 75th birthday.

The “85th Anniversary” presents itself in a majestic and charming cigar format – a noble “Diademas” – and is limited to 100,000 cigars worldwide with 60,000 cigars for the US market.

The sophisticated black, silky-matte-lacquered box with the impressive golden print of the “Avo 85th Anniversary” logo underlines the gracefulness and the non-interchangeable note and denomination of this cigar.


The well-balanced combination of the San Vicente and Piloto tobaccos enfolded by a Peruvian binder and perfected with a special Sun grown Dominican wrapper as well as the gorgeous Diademas format make it an outstanding cigar. The “Avo 85th Anniversary” is of medium strength, offers complex aromas and is an extraordinary smoking experience. A cigar no aficionado should miss!!

The AVO 85th Anniversary will be launched on March 21st, at Select Merchants only, with a retail price of $17.50 – taxes not included.

To launch the AVO 85th Anniversary Cigar, a series of unforgettable intimate evenings will be held where guests will enjoy fine food and wine as well as having the opportunity to be among the first to sample and purchase the AVO 85th Anniversary Edition cigar.

Seating at each dinner is very limited, and the AVO Select Merchants expect to sell out within days of the event announcement.



I for one cannot wait for this to come out!


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I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Playboy: The Book of Cigars – the new edition.  This edition was updated featuring brand new pictures and text.  The pictures are some of the best I’ve seen.  It’s written by Aaron Sigmund and Nick Kolakowski (Smoke Magazine).


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Just letting everyone know, the El Picador, Don Pepin’s version of the Cheroot is available at Empire Cigars.

This cigar is smooth and spicy.  If you are a fan of the My Father line of cigars, this is a must try!  Hal & Co. at Empire will ship!

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From Miami Cigars:

The Nestor Miranda Collection Introduces 1989

Miami, FL…29 Apr…Honouring Miami Cigar & Company’s founding in 1989, the Nestor Miranda Collection presents, 1989.

A beautifully blended combination of Nicaraguan tobaccos, the cigar was blended and is being manufactured by My Father Cigar Corp. It was inspired by Nestor Miranda who described to Pepin Garcia the particular flavour and body he was looking for “…that can be sold at a very reasonable price point, in deference to the prevailing economic conditions.” The cigars will sell for $5.00.

“While we do not have any cigars in the Nestor Miranda Collection that are expensive, we wanted to offer an excellent smoke at a very reasonable price point. It has become obvious that smokers, like everyone else, these days, are seeking to restrain their spending,” Rene J. Castaneda, Miami Cigar & Company Vice President said. With the continued success of the Special Selection; the recent introduction of the Dominicano and now the 1989 more or less completes the Nestor Miranda Collection. With a cigar for every smoker’s preference and pocketbook.

A satisfying blend of rich, aromatic and flavour filled Nicaraguan tobaccos, from Estelí and Jalapa, the Nestor Miranda Collection 1989 comes in three (3) sizes:

Robusto 5 x 50

Toro 6 x 50

Torpedo 6-1/8 x 52

The Nestor Miranda Collection 1989, like all other cigars in the Collection is made with two distinct wrappers. A Rosado, for those preferring a medium bodied smoke, and Oscuro to satisfy the taste of those seeking a medium to full bodied cigar.

The 1989 will make its appearance in tobacco shops starting 1 May.

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Here’s the list as it stands.  It’s quite impressive already, and this is before the IPCPR!  Some are still unconfirmed and/or holdovers from last year’s list.


90 Miles – This new line from the folks at Flor de Gonzalez will come in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper.  The name refers to the distance between Cuba and Key West.

Alec Bradley Mudial – no info yet.

Andiamo – a new line with two different wrappers from the folks who brought you La Perla Habana and Black Pearl.

Aurora 107 – this new blend is dedicating the 107th (?) anniversary of the La Aurora line.

Camacho Plus – a more novice-accessible Camacho.  Press.  Haven’t heard much more about this, not sure if it’s still coming out.

Cohiba Behike “BK” – a new three-size line from Habanos but not as limited as the original Cohiba Behike.  Info here.  Take a loan out on the house to pay for these bad boys…

Davidoff Puro d’Oro – the long awaited and delayed Dominican puro from the Master Henke Kelner.

El Triunfador – Once a secret release LE cigar from cigar-star Pete Johnson, this will now be available in six sizes with a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.  Great flavor w/ a medium body, this my favorite line from Pete to date!

Esteban Carreras 187 – two size value priced line w/ a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.

Esteban Carreras 5150 – two size value priced line w/ an Ecuadorian Sumatra-seed wrapper.

Garcia y Leon – a collaboration between La Aurora and My Father Cigars, the blend will be created by Leon but will be made in Pepin’s My Father factory.

Gran Vida by Rocky Patel – a new three size line featuring a Pennsylvanian Broadleaf wrapper.

Gran Vida Habano by Rocky Patel – similar to above but w/ a Habano wrapper.

Graycliff Heritage Royale – once called “Project X” , this will feature a Costa Rican wrapper.

Gurkha Havana Legend – a new value conscious line with a Nicaraguan wrapper.  Here’s the press release.

Gurkha Monogram – a new value conscious line with a Connecticut wrapper, similar to the Elegance.  Here’s the press release.

Gurkha Nautilus – a new value conscious line with a Nicaraguan H2000 wrapper.  Here’s the press release.

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo – stronger than the original Antanos – with 75% ligero!  This is JdN’s best to date!

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta – a mellower line that’s half maduro wrapper and half claro.  These are really great flavorful cigars.

Joya de Nicaragua Fuerte Series B – a bundle line from JdN.

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender – features the best wrapper out there – Litto’s Ecuadorian Habano!  This is one very good cigar!

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros – a dual wrapper cigar – 1/3 Connie Shade, 2/3 Sumatran.

La Palina – an old Clear Havana line resurrected by the folks at Graycliff.

Legend-Ario Connecticut – a new wrapper for Camacho’s answer to The Edge.

Nestor Miranda Selection Dominicano – a new blend from Miami Cigars blended by Pepin with a Dominican wrapper from La Aurora!  Press Release.

Nosotros – can’t wait for this one.  Here’s the release.  The pre-release I tried has some serious potential!

Quesada Tributo – a new release from MATASA with a (surpirse!) Ecuadorian wrapper, check more out here.

Ramones – and old name once owned by Simon Camacho in the 60’s  makes a return with two wrappers – an Ecuadorian Connecticut and Honduran Habano.  This value-priced blend will be made by Camacho.

Rocky Patel Vintage Signature – no info yet.  This was a hold-over from last year.

Sencillo – a new brand from Prometheus made by (gasp!) Camacho and will be a Honduran Puro.  Sencillo means “simple” in Spanish.

Limited Editions:

  • AVO LE10 – the newest birthday smoke for Mr. Uvezian.  The filler is all ligero! 
  • CAO Escaparate Blend #7 – a new blend available at Butthead’s Tobacco in Connecticut.  This is the original blend for the Vision.
  • Carlos Torano Roots Run Deep Tour Cigar – a special churchill made for the 2010 Tour.
  • Room 101 LTD Conjura (by Camacho) – avaiolable in 4 sizes, stronger than the original 101’s with box artwork by some tattoo guy.
  • Tatuaje La Verite – a special release featuring leaved grown all from one farm.
  • Viaje Double-Edged Sword – a super limited edition perfecto.
  • Viaje Exclusivo Robusto – these LEs came in a cool mason-style jar!
  • Viaje Reserva Oro – a one size line, box pressed w/ aged tobacco.
  • Viaje Reserva Platino – a one size line, box pressed w/ aged tobacco.
  • Viaje Skull & Bones – super secret new blend!

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This just in from our friends at La Aurora:

Santiago, DR…12 March 2010…As with their very successful Preferidos, Cien Años and 1495, La Aurora has taken their time in the next step in their 107 year history as Dominican’s oldest cigar maker.

“We had defined our goal early on,” said Guillermo Leon, La Aurora VP, “and that was to bring the smokers a medium bodied, richly flavoured smoke with a fair amount of spice – at a very attractive price.”

Using Dominican, Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian tobaccos, the blending process went through dozens of iterations before achieving a cigar that brings a balanced flavour that is peppery, sweet and provides toasty notes.


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I was too!  I wrote and asked Litto about this and this is what I got:

The air benders will be released soon,they will come in four sizes. The wrapper is habano from Ecuador and the filler and binder are from our farm in La Canela. The result is a very flavorful cigar with lots of body.



So still a somewhat cloudy picture, but my guess is the name hints at it’s strength?  Maybe this is the next level Double Ligero!  If so, yikes!

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