I received my first ever AVO cigar from Brandon, back before he became a CI employee. (Yes, he purchased them at our retail shop and gifted me one later on down the road). It was the Maestoso size, and according to him, had over 8 months of age under its belt. I absolutely loved it and still hold this cigar (AVO XO Maestoso) within my top 5 smokes of all time.
There’s no doubt AVO cigars are some of the highest quality premium handmades on the market. Made in the Davidoff factory of the Dominican Republic, the same factory that produces Davidoff (duh) and The Griffin’s, the XO is considered the cream of the crop when it comes to regular production AVO cigars. It’s pricey, yes, but easily deserves every penny. The flavor is amazing, offering a deliciously smooth richness that’s creamy and nutty, backed by aromatic hints of toasted cedar. Although the cigar maintains this same character throughout, it is by no means boring or uneventful. The taste is one to be savored – robust, but velvety smooth with each draw, leaving a soft aftertaste that’s crisp and clean after each exhale, all while never escalating beyond medium in body. And construction is never a factor. The blend is always spot on, the wrappers are consistently flawless and the burn is straight and true every time. Other than the price, I’d be hard-pressed to find a downside to this cigar. If you have trouble spending top dollar for a cigar, don’t try this one, you’ll enjoy it far too much. But, if you’re used to spending Fuente-like prices on a regular basis, or looking to treat yourself, give the AVO XO a try.