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.
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.
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.
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!