December 27, 2015

Avo Syncro Nicaragua Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

The Avo Syncro Nicaragua debuted at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show.

The Avo Syncro Nicaragua is a box-pressed offering that incorporates Nicaraguan tobacco into the blend. While it is not the first box-pressed Avo Cigar (that would be the Avo Movement TAA Limited Release) and it is not the first Avo to contain Nicaraguan tobacco (the Avo Classic Covers 2015 had Nicaraguan tobacco), it is the first regular production line to contain both of these characteristics.

The name “Syncro” is a play on the theme of synchronization in music.

While the name is “Nicaragua”, the blend is actually a four country multi-national blend with tobaccos from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan tobacco originates from Ometepe – a volcanic island located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Ometepe, Nicaragua; Olanco, Peru; Dominican Republic, (Piloto, San Vicente Mejorado and hybrid Olor/Piloto)
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

The Avo Syncro Nicaragua is available four box-pressed vitolas. Each of the sizes is offered in a twenty count box.

Short Robusto: 4 x 52
Robusto: 5 x 50 (REVIEWED TODAY)
Toro: 6 x 54
Special Toro: 6 x 60

The cigar seems to have a reddish hue to the wrapper. It is well made and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were boysenberry and orange citrus notes along with some sweet cream. There is a little black coffee at the base. There is also a white pepper rated at a 7.

Just over an inch in the flavors are pretty much like they started. The boysenberry and orange citrus notes are much sweeter now and there is a touch of butter in place of the sweet cream. There is a touch of dry wood also. Coffee holds the base. The finish is a sweet cream with a touch of citrus and some lingering white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

A little over the midpoint the flavors are a little different. There is now a heavy presence of brown sugar to go along with the orange citrus. The boysenberry notes are much lower but still there. I still get a little dry wood too. The butter notes seem to have decreased. Coffee still at the base. The finish is still sweet cream with citrus but there is also some brown sugar there too.

With about 1 1/2 inches remaining I noticed the buttery notes are not gone. They are still there mixed with the brown sugar. The orange citrus is the main sweet flavor and the boysenberry notes seem to have gone away. There is a dry cedar flavor also which could be the mysterious dry wood note I was getting earlier. The finish is unchanged. The cigar seems to be inching toward medium to full bodied but it's still around medium bodied. The cigar has made several changes along the way.

The cigar lasted about the average time for a robusto. The flavors continued to the end from the last segment. I enjoyed the sweet citrus with brown sugar and a touch of butter. The boysenberry notes were nice while they were around. There was a little black coffee at the base but not too much. The white pepper increased as the cigar burned and topped out at an 8. The white pepper really came out on the finish. This was a tasty cigar that made several changes. The flavors were very nice but not quite as intense as I would have liked. Good cigar and well worth trying.

Score: 91

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