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Avo XO cigars are considered to be among the best cigars in the world. When Avo Cigars set out to make high quality cigars at a reasonable price, this is what he had in mind. Stronger in flavor than the Avo Classic, Uvezian’s first product, The XO series is worthy of the notice it has garnered since its launch in the 1980s.
The heart of the XO, the filler, is a blend of the very finest Dominican tobaccos, most of them grown right on Uvezian’s own plantation in the Dominican Republic. The wrapper has its origin in the Villa Gonzalez region of the island. Together, these components achieve a synergy of taste and aroma that are incomparable.
The Avo XO is not for the beginning cigar enthusiast. It takes time to acquire the discriminating palate necessary to appreciate a cigar of this caliber. The more experienced will want to sit in an undisturbed environment to focus on the panorama of sensations that wait.
You’ll notice the aroma is light and dry. Don’t be fooled. The XO has a complexity of flavors beyond the seemingly straightforward smell. Wood and hints of nut develop first, a comforting and robust taste reminiscent of campfires and fireplaces. However, spice will begin to emerge. A feeling of sitting in a fine social club of a bygone era would not be misplaced when smoking an XO. As you near the end of your smoking experience with an XO, the notes of spice will predominate with a medium finish.
The XO goes well with food and is a good choice for inclusion with a cigar dinner. A proper combination of food and potables strike all the right notes when followed by an XO. For a cigar whose origins lie in the heart and mind of a jazz musician and composer, that is somehow very fitting.