AVO Heritage | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sun Grown Hybrid
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed Ligero, Seco, Peruvian
Size: 5 x 50 “Robusto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $7.00 by the box ($5.00 at Small Batch Cigar)
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The Heritage made its debut at the 2010 IPCPR trade show. It received a Cigar Aficionado rating of 90 with CA saying this about the cigar: “A very dark and oily cigar that smokes evenly. It starts out a bit papery but warms to show a woody, leathery character and apple-like sweetness.”

I got this stick from Small Batch Cigar in a four count sampler box called the “AVO Quartet Robusto Assortment.” Retails for $40 but SBC sells it for $27. It includes: the AVO Heritage, AVO Signature, AVO Lounge Edition and the yet to be released: “AU14 Batch No. 024.”
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The Heritage is one of the more inexpensive AVO sticks at only $7 by the box.

Construction is rustic with lumps and bumps, lots of veins, but virtually seamless. A sloppy triple cap and a wrapper that is very toothy, a bit oily, and is the color of an elm tree branch. With a touch of red and cocoa thrown in.

I clip the cap and find aromas of wood, leather, and nuts.
Time to light up.

The flavor starts out with a nice woodiness and cedar. It is very toasty. And a hint of sweetness.
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I just wasted an hour reviewing a cigar not ready for consumption. It was a gift from reader along with some nicely aged sticks. He told me that a couple were not aged that much but I don’t remember if he said which ones or I just forgot. Anyway, I wasted a perfectly good Kristoff Corojo Limitada. So on to this cigar that has been sitting in my humidor for a month.

I reviewed the AVO Lounge Edition a week or so ago and the humidor time was plenty. That was a great cigar. And only available through Corona Cigar in two bigger sizes and expensive; and through the four box sampler which comes in robusto sizes. As does this stick today.

The draw is great. The woodiness tastes like I’m chewing on a twig. The toastiness begins to really blossom. And then comes a bit of cocoa.

At the half inch mark, red pepper shoots up my nose.

I’m having some minor structural issues with the cigar. The cap cracks and I have to snip it back. So far, so good. There is a char line issue where I get one of those V burns that needs immediate attention. Fingers crossed. That’s the problem with only having one stick to review. I can’t compare it to a couple more looking for consistency. I had no such troubles with Lounge Edition. So this could just be a fluke.

A couple new flavors emerge: Woodiness, spice, cedar, sweetness, cocoa, toast, leather, and grass.

Most of us are used to smoking Nicaraguan blends because it is the most popular breeding ground for new cigars in the last 5-7 years. This is primarily a Dominican blend with the Ecuadorian wrapper. It is a whole new ball game and one must adjust their palate to appreciate the flavors.
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Creaminess appears. If there were such a thing, this cigar tastes rustic. The wood is strong and running the show. The sweetness takes the edge from the woodiness.

The second third begins and a crack forms where I had to snip the cap back.
The strength is classic medium bodied.
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The Lounge Edition is an $11 stick and I can tell the difference easily between the two cigars. This tastes and feels like a $7 stick. I don’t think it necessarily needs more than a month of humidor time to be good to go. But the cigar just isn’t a barn burner like the Lounge Edition was.

The four count sampler is still a great idea for smokers not familiar with AVO and also for getting two cigars not readily available to the public. And at Small Batch Cigar, you can’t beat the $27 price tag, the free shipping, and the 10% off if you enter the word: leafenthusiast, in the coupon code window during check out. It’s a good way to find out which AVO’s you like. I am saving the “AU14 Batch No. 024” for when it is finally released so I can review it.

I am at the halfway point and the flavors have really blossomed. This is a very subtle cigar. No flavors zooming past your palate like a jet fighter. Just simple, good tasting elements.
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It is at this point, the cigar finds its complexity and balance. It has a nice long chewy finish. And a nice change up from the usual Nic cigars I smoke. Small Batch Cigar does not carry the Heritage on its own but does carry all the hard to get limited editions…at quite the discount. They carry 10 hard to get blends.

The last third is upon me.

I like the cigar even though it shows no real flavor bomb qualities. It is a good knock around cigar that can be had even cheaper than $7 on Cbid or cigarauctioneer.com. The price drops down to around $5. For $5, I would snag this blend in a heartbeat. I know from all the AVO’s I’ve smoked that the construction issues was just bad luck.
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This is the perfect cigar to hand out to your moocher friends. It is not a challenging cigar to your palate. It is what it is. A good workman’s cigar blend.

The strength moves up to medium/full bodied. And now a dash of nicotine. But now overwhelming or blinding.
The creaminess, the woodiness, and the spice and cocoa make it a good solid cigar.

All of the construction issues have worked themselves out.

With 1-1/2” to go, the cigar surprises me with a kaboom of flavors. Out of nowhere, it reaches flavor bomb status.

Here are the flavors: Creaminess, cocoa, sweetness, spice, wood, and leather.
The cigar becomes very complex.

While the Lounge Edition needed very little humidor time to be good to go, I believe the Heritage needs a little extra time. The last part of the cigar’ flavor profile should be more upfront after lighting it up.
The sun finally comes out just a few minutes from finishing. Of course….

Construction issues played a big part in this cigar. I’ve never had these problems with other AVO blends so; once again, I just think I was unlucky in love.

Try the “AVO Quartet Robusto Assortment” from Small Batch Cigar and make your own decision. If nothing else, after the 10% off, the sampler is only $24.30 and that wonderful free shipping.
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  1. Nice review Katman. I am totally intrigued by Small Batch Cigars. The only problem is that it’s not worth buying less than $500 worth of sticks for shipping to Malaysia due to high USPS charges so I’ll hang fire until I have a worthwhile order for them. On that note, maybe you can satisfy my curiosity. I haven’t bought a cigar over the counter for 20 years due to an absence of tobacconists where I live – everything comes by mail in bundles or boxes. How do B&M retailers package singles or just a couple of cigars at point of sale nowadays? Paper bags, ziplocs, plastic tubes or just stuff it in your breast pocket? I’d be fascinated to know.