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This had always been one of my hidden gem cigars and I was sorely disappointed when they where discontinued/renamed. i found these recently aging in a store found in my travels. I had been dying to try one again.
Dark and chocolatey it was everything I remembered and more. Aging has been kind to this cigar. I wish I could fine more!

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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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As some of you know, I’m not a huge “Fuente Fan”, but I have always had a soft spot for their Rosado wrappers.  The 858 Rosado is probably one of my favorite cigars of all time (seriously).  So when I heard these were soming out at the end of last year I was very excited.

Being that the Hemingway line is more full bodied than the regular line, I was concerned that the Rosado flavors would be obscured in a bolder blend.  In some ways I was right.  This cigar did not taste like the 858 Rosados.  It did not have the creamy leather, wood and cinnamon notes I love about the 858, but it was still good – just in a different way.  It was much spicier and had some clove and pepper notes that built throughout the smoke.  There was some roughness around the edges with this cigar, but I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 89 (B+)

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Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: ??

Origin: ??

Age: Dusty

This super limited cigar is the second installment of the Viaje Skull and Bones Series.  The first release, the daisy Cutter, was a little 4 x 54 petite robusto.  This new release, which now will be released every Halloween does not have a name.  It is very limited, just 150 boxes of 25 cigars each were made.  I was lucky enough to get my hand on a few from my local, Empire Cigars.

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Size: 6.5” x 52

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo

Origin: Nicaragua

Age: Fresh

This is a cigar I’ve been eagerly awaiting since I heard it will feature some of Pepin’s Pelo de Oro leaf.  What’s Pelo de Oro?  Meaning “golden hair”, PdO is the grandfather to the modern day Corojo wrapper.  According to Tobacconist University:

it is usually a reference to a potent Cuban cigar varietal which was popular in the early and middle 20th Century. This tobacco could be used for wrapper and filler as well, but is disease prone and can infest entire crops and regions so it is rarely grown today. Pelo de Oro can be considered a ‘campesino’ or ‘guajiro’ tobacco since many agricultural workers grow and smoke it to this day – especially in the central part of Cuba.  It is known for being quite strong and flavorful as well as sweet.

My Father LE 2010

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Size: 6 3/4” x 52

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Dominican

Origin: La Canela, Dominican Republic

Age: fresh from humidor, but tobacco is from 2004 crop!

It seems like it’s been years since the last Small Batch release but it’s now here, the Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 3!  The first two Small Batch releases were some of the strongest and most flavorful cigars I have ever smoked.  Litto Gomez does small batch cigars very well, so I was very eager to try this one!

This cigar has a beautifully oily sheen to it (thanks to selenium I hear).  The wrapper is dark brown with reddish hues.  It looks and feels like a leather cigar!

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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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