Worldwide, AVO sells over three million cigars annually – a big jump from its first year production of 100,000 cigars back in 1988. The brand was created from the passion for fine tobacco possessed by one Avo Uvezian, the son of a family of musicians from Beirut. Avo moved from Beirut to New York to study piano at Julliard, and after opening a restaurant and piano bar in Puerto Rico in the early ‘80s, he discovered his love for cigars. After being introduced to master roller Hendrik Kelner, the two partnered, and six years later the first AVO was rolled. Uvezian and Kelner, together with the Davidoff factory, have created one of the most prestigious brands on the market today.
The AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata is the follow-up project to the highly rated AVO Syncro Nicaragua which was the first AVO release to feature Nicaraguan leaf, with the Fogata having more. “Fogata, meaning Bonfire or Campfire in Spanish, was a great inspiration for this new cigar; it is one of my favorite settings to share unforgettable and intimate moments with my closest of friends,” said Avo Uvezian. “With Syncro Nicaragua Fogata, we went off the beaten path in search of more intense taste experiences and are proud to now share with you this vibrant new blend in our portfolio.” This stellar handmade starts with an impressive and flavorful blend of ligero from Estelí, Nicaragua and visos from Condega, Nicaragua as well as Dominicana Yamasa viso, piloto and San Vicente ligero, which is secured by a Mexican San Andrés negro binder and finished with a stunning oily, chocolate brown Ecuadorian Habano 2000 clara wrapper. Medium to full bodied, once you clip it and light it up, you’ll find notes of leather, cinnamon, and wood with a slightly sweet finish. Try pairing with a single malt.
Though tobacco is indigenous to Hispaniola, the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic existed in the shadow of Cuba’s dominance through the 1960s. When the exodus of Cuban cigar makers began in the wake of the revolution, many decided the Dominican Republic would be ideal for the resumption of their livelihoods. Unrest in Nicaragua in the 1980s fueled the Dominican cigar industry further. The country now makes more than half of the premium cigars imported into the U.S.
The Cibao Valley and the nearby city of Santiago are the center of cigar production in the Dominican Republic. Three main varieties are grown here: the mild and native Olor Dominicano; the intense Piloto Cubano, brought from the Vuelta Abajo of Cuba; and San Vicente, a milder and more acidic Piloto hybrid. Dominican puros were once unheard of as it was widely thought impossible to grow quality wrapper leaf on the island, but new growing techniques are now allowing some exceptional puros to be produced.
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