It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the brand new AVO Syncro Nicaragua in the Toro size. This 6×54 stick features a sharp box-press, a first in the AVO profile, and a gorgeous appearance. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan, Dominican and Peruvian fillers. This is the first AVO cigar to feature Nicaraguan leaves as well.
The wrapper produces a faint wood and leather aroma, while the foot exudes a toasty graham cracker alongside caramel. On the cold draw, I find some musty grass flavor. Once lit, there is a very salty wood on the draw. The retro-hale blasts my nose with spicy red pepper and coffee. The finish gives me cinnamon and caramel.
After thirty minutes, I finish the first third. The draw gives me bold clove with cinnamon and earthy oak. Through the nose, I find vanilla with spicy red pepper and toast. The finish offers a sweet, smoky note on top of cedar and leather. Strength and body both settle down at the medium mark.
One hour and ten minutes in, the second third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up buttery leather with a black pepper and grass mix. The retro-hale is smooth with more vanilla alongside spicy toast and almond. The finish is long with a combo of black pepper and smoky caramel. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third burns very slow, ending at the two-hour mark. The draw offers me musty wood with some black pepper and leather. Through the nose, I am blasted with salty cedar and spicy cayenne pepper. The finish is bold with smoky leather rivaled by spicy earth and black pepper. Both the strength and body make a jump to the full mark in this final third.
The Syncro Nicaragua is a fresh addition to the AVO family of cigars. It brings new flavor to their profile with a very welcome box-press. The complexity on this stick is solid with a bold increase in strength as you smoke. At just under $10 per stick, it’s not a bad price, either. I certainly recommend trying it out.
Keep on smokin’!