Riding home from the UFC fight the other night, I got a text message from a bud asking me to stop on by. I called him back, made some noises about having to get some sleep, get some writing done. Then he said the magic words:
“I just got a new box of Avo cigars.”
Sold. Sleep is for suckers.
I showed up, we poured a few drinks and caught up for a bit, then out came the humidor. He cracked it open and I was greeted with a whole selection of Avos from the sampler he purchased. I had tried most of them, but not the Avo Domaine. It’s darker wrapper caught my eye, and the gentle bite of its aroma cried out to be tasted.
I lit her up. The peppery tang immediately set it apart from the rest of the Avo line, and its fuller flavor tended to linger on the tongue a bit longer than usual. It burned slow and even, never showing the slightest sign of tunneling or canoeing, and I only once had to touch up one tiny side with a flame because I spent a little too much time yapping between puffs. The solid ash demonstrated the stick’s perfect construction, and it produced a nice, thick, heady smoke for well over an hour.
All in all, it was a great example of Avo craftsmanship and quality. I wouldn’t call it a generic pass-around smoke like the Avo #5 or the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real, but the Domaine would be a great addition to the private side of the humidor, reserved for the right mood or for special occasions.