Episode 492: Avo Improvisation Classic Covers Volume 2

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BACKGROUND: Late last year, Davidoff announced big plans for the Avo brand, which include rebranding and repackaging as well as slimming down of the overall portfolio. At the same time, there was a change in the focus of the brand from Avo Uvezian the person, to the legacy of what Uvezian represents: the synthesis of music and cigars. As part of that effort, it was revealed that there would be no Avo birthday release in 2015; instead, a new limited edition brand would be released and named: Avo Improvisation Series.

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The second release in the AVO Improv Series is the Classic Covers 2015 Limited Edition Volume 2 that combines Davidoff’s luscious Ecuadorian 702 wrapper with a Mexican San Andrés binder. Nicaragua lends ligero from the Ometepe region, while the Dominican Republic supplies Piloto Cubano, San Vicente, Criollo and a hybrid Corojo/olor ligero.

The MSRP for each cigar is $16, and it is sold in boxes of 16, with only 3,500 boxes produced.

This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge Avo 2015 Limited Edition Improvisation Classic Covers Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Nikka operates two Coffey stills (named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey) within the Miyagikyo distillery for the elaboration of its grain whiskies. Imported from Scotland in 1963, these old stills yield a distillate with more flavour and depth than modern column stills, imparting a distinct character that defines the house blends. These two unique bottlings showcase the innovative spirit of Nikka.

An essential component of the house blends, the Nikka Coffey Grain is an original single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still. Exotic, fruity and unique, it is meant for the connoisseur in search of an unconventional whisky.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc answers a question about whether one should consider trimming the foot of the cigar when one lacks time to smoke a whole stogie

SPECIAL MESSAGE: Doc makes an HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT!

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Episode 396 Avo The Dominant 13th 2013 Limited Edition

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BACKGROUND: Passionate jazz musician and cigar connoisseur, Avo Uvezian, created the 2013 Limited Edition. Like it’s namesake, the Dominant 13th is unique among its peers and is second to none.

Like many of Avo’s offerings, the Dominant 13th pays homage to jazz music. On the inside of the box lid, the musical score of Avo Uvezian’s song, “Delightful Days” is shown along with a personal dedication from Avo.
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Avo shares the experience with you by providing, inside the cigar box, a USB stick containing a brief movie clip, the AVO cigar catalog and screen saver and an audio recording of Delightful Days.

The cigar itself is an innovative tobacco creation. It comes in the popular Toro format and gleams in its deep brown Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper. The Domincan Yamasá binder holds in place an interesting mix of Dominican and Peruvian filler blend.
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Of course, the Dominant 13th comes packaged in boxes of 13 cigars and production was limited to just 9000 boxes worldwide. This week’s featured cigar, the Dominant 13th is the 6-inch by 52 ring Toro.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

CIGAR NEWS: March 2014

  • Drew Estate Partners with Royal Gold Cigars to Produce Nirvana Cameroon Selection
  • Drew Estate to Distribute Royal Agio Cigars in U.S.
  • Two New Lines Added to Partagas 1845 Line: Extra Oscuro and Extra Fuerte
  • AJ Fernandez Factory Robbed
  • StogieRate.com Gets Major Feature Enhancements
    • Dramatically improved site performance.
    • Better cross-device and mobile support
    • Refocus the site as a cigar inventory tool
    • Provide a clean and accurate set of cigar database records
  • Black Patch Promoting March Madness with Deep Discounts
  • Sam Leccia Introduces the Luchador
  • Nomad Cigars Releases their version of a Full-Bodies Connecticut: Nomad Connecticut Fuerte
  • Avo 88 is the new Limited Edition Cigars for 2014
  • Asylum Offers New Sizes of the Ogre

NEW WEEKLY SEGMENT: Talk with the BOSS LADY
Christina Fontecchio, owner of The Boss Cigars, will present a weekly segment called “Talk with the Boss Lady.” The premise of her segments will be to talk with everyday cigar smokers about a variety of topics. They will talk about their history with premium cigars and what their go-to sticks are and any other topics or questions that come to mind.

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