Team Cigar Review: AVO Classic Maduro No. 2

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Cigar Details: AVO Classic Maduro No. 2

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: O.K. Cigars
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $10.90
  • Release Date: June 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Havana Phil’s

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 is dark brown with fine tooth and a couple of long, raised veins present. The seams are smooth and well hidden while the head is finished with a deep triple cap. The band is the traditional design for the brand and carries a color combination of white, dark brown and gold. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of bakers chocolate and earth while the foot brings a general wood note. The pre-light draw brings dry cedar and light earthiness.

Pre-light Experience

A beautiful and dark maduro wrapper, aside from the minor angel’s kiss below the band, The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 is firm and silky in texture throughout. There are small to medium sized veins present and I am picking up an aroma of cocoa, coffee beans, cedar and soft spices on the wrapper and foot.

Pre-light Experience

The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 has a UPC sticker on the cellophane designed with a tear tab that leaves the UPC intact when the cellophane is opened. The cigar features a dark, chocolate colored wrapper. Aromas from the cigar included fresh cedar and barnyard. From the foot, I picked out molasses, raisin and hay.

Pre-light Experience

The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 has a maduro wrapper shade, showing some nice traces of tooth. Veins are overall pressed well, seams rustic and visible and bunch and roll even. Aromas from the wrapper tell cocoa and cedar. Aromas from the foot give red pepper spice and cocoa. Cold draw reveals cedar shavings and roasted nuts.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, bakers chocolate and mellow baking spice. At a half inch in, some earth joins the profile. The retrohale is wood, earth and faint bakers chocolate. As the third comes to a close, the wood, earth and bakers chocolate are all even while the baking spice is very light in the background. The strength in this third is mild-medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering cocoa, coffee and cedar notes. There are some cream and light earth aspects present as well, and this is a delightful maduro. It is balanced and smooth, smoking around a medium level in body and strength.

First Third

My first third experience begins with minerality, cocoa and delayed spices. A creamy, orange rind is coming through at the end of the retrohale as the first third progresses. Cedar, baking spices and cocoa sit on the palate for a complex post draw. As the first third settles in, cedar pushes into the retrohale, and harmonizes with the creaminess there.

First Third

The first third gives a proper medium plus body playing off the Connecticut Broadleaf, and medium strength. Flavors consist of cocoa, lightly sweetened fudge and hay. Retrohaling gives the profile nuts, more cocoa and fudge. The finish is fairly long with a slight earthy grittiness and dry cocoa.

Second Third

The second third is a continuation of the profile from the first third. The retrohale is now wood, earth and light mustiness. At three quarters of an inch, the baking spice is no longer present. At an inch and a quarter, a light creaminess joins the profile as some faint baking spice reappears. As the third comes to a close, the wood, earth and baking spice are up front as the bakers chocolate is very faint and the creaminess has morphed into mustiness. The strength in this third has bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some real growth and I am picking up cereal, dry cocoa, coffee and cream notes. There are some earth and tobacco qualities present as well, and there is a finishing touch of red pepper. Like before, incredibly balanced and smoking at a medium level in strength and body.

Second Third

The second third kicks off with creamy baking spices with the baking spices carrying into the post draw at medium strength. As the second third settles in, post draw lingering wood is present between draws.

Second Third

The second third ratchets up the decadence and sweetness of the cigar. The hay note takes a major backseat, which allows for the fudge and cocoa notes to become amplified and sweeter. The retrohale also picks up a nice layered baking spice, something that the first third was lacking in (spice in general). Strength and body continues to be medium and medium plus, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the bakers chocolate has departed. At a half inch in, the wood gains some char and the charred wood and earth are pretty full up front with the baking spice and mustiness in the background. The earth has a long finish and really coats the palate. The retrohale is musty wood and earth. As the cigar comes to a close, the charred wood, earth and mustiness are all even up front with the baking spice in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third shows a lot of the same qualities present in the second third and I am getting some dry cocoa, coffee, cream, cedar and earth notes. Like before, touches of tobacco and red pepper also. Medium in strength and body.

Final Third

Creamy citrus, chocolate and a tannic cedar finish on the post draw to begin the final third. As the last third settles in, the tannic cedar moves into the middle of the profile. Toasted earth comes through on the post draw through the last half of the final third.

Final Third

The final third yet again transitions. The profile now highlights more baking spices. The sweetness of cocoa, fudge and hay are still there, but just more baking spice forward. Strength is still medium and body medium plus.

Burn

The burn was straight the entire way. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

Burn was perfect from start to finish.

Burn

The burn experience was amazing, with a straight ash that held on up to 1-1/2 inches at times.

Burn

Burn performance was spot on. Solid ashes, even burn, ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 had a nice combination of flavors through the first two thirds while the final third dropped down a notch as the bakers chocolate departed and the wood gained some char. The profile also had a low strength level that built from mild-medium up to medium. Construction was great which really allowed me to focus on the flavor. All of this in combination with an attractive price point for a Toro vitola makes it an easy cigar to recommend. While you could smoke this any time of day, I do think it would be a nice cigar in the evening after a hearty meal.

Draw

Draw was amazing.

Overall

Sleeper cigar for 2020? The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2, while not new, is a great re-release for 2020. The blend is balanced and approachable. Any cigar smoker would enjoy it, it just depends on the time of day. This is a morning and evening maduro in my opinion and a great Connecticut Broadleaf offering from AVO. I loved the cocoa, coffee, cream and cereal notes. AVO/Davidoff really nailed it with this Connecticut Broadleaf and when they put their minds to it, they make amazing blends with so many different types of tobacco from so many countries. They know how to make a great blend with any wrapper offering.

Draw

The draw had some challenges as it was fairly resistant, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches.

Overall

The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 is a consistently good smoking experience from start to finish. The profile was balanced, complex, elegant and very approachable. If this was any previous year, I’d say this cigar would likely land in the middle of the Top 25 cigars of the year. For 2020, I think we’re likely going to see this cigar place very high on the Top 25 cigar list. Construction was amazing, the draw was fairly average. I would happily smoke the AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 on the regular when I’m in the mood for a great, consistent Maduro. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 57 minutes.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug. Not a big deal by any means, but a notable one.

Overall

Throughout the years, I forgot about Avo’s Classic Maduro. I remember smoking these maybe 5-6 years ago (obviously not in this size), and don’t remember this level of enjoyment. Granted my palate back then wasn’t as developed and/or I did not appreciate various styles of cigars as much as I do now. The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2 is a well done, quality Connecticut Broadleaf. It has the qualifying chocolate notes, nice earthiness and proper thicker viscosity that a Connecticut Broadleaf should have. No doubt a stand out amongst it’s competition. I look forward to reconnecting more with this line.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.63

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.88

Cost/Point

$1.38

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$1.62

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.37

Cost/Point

$1.48

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