I’m a couple weeks late, but I’d like to start off this review by saying Happy Birthday, Avo! 90 is an incredible accomplishment- someone needs to ask Avo what the secret is to immortality, because I think he has it, both literally and figuratively.
This week I take a look at volume three in the Classic Covers line, the AVO 90th Classic Covers, a blend that is a “cover” of the AVO XO core line. We all know what a cover is in music, but what does it mean when it comes to cigars? In this case it means instead of using a Dominican binder and Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, AVO XO filler is covered with a Mexican Negro San Andres binder and an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper. The same tune, if you will, just performed by different artists. Which means the end result will undoubtedly be different, but it should have similarities to the original. It’s an interesting idea.
Speaking of interesting ideas, I have to hand it to them for the packaging and the concept. The play on words with “cover”, the cigar box that’s both looks like a record player while doubling as an ash tray. (“What are those things wrapped around your AVO 90th?” “These? Oh, they’re a cover bands.”) While these aren’t things that affect the flavor of the cigar, it’s fun and I can appreciate the cleverness. And on that subject, it’s time to light it up and see how the 90th performs.
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Binder: Mexican Negro San Andres
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, 10 year-old Corojo-Olor hybrid, 11 year-old Criollo & San Vicente Mejorado
Smoking Time: 2 hours
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $16.90