“If there is such thing as ‘lucky 13’, this cigar is it. It’s a definite winner in the Avo Limited Edition series. It is a cigar worthy of tracking a box down of – and one I would reach for again.”

#20 – Avo Limited Edition 2013 – The Dominant 13th

Coming in at #20 on the 2013 Cigar of the Year countdown is the Avo Limited Edition 2013 – The Dominant 13th. This is the annual limited edition cigar produced by Avo Cigars to coincide with brand ambassador Avo Uvezian’s birthday. This year’s edition coincided Uvezian’s 87th birthday.

The Dominant 13th marks a return to the countdown for the Avo Limited Edition series.  It also is the third time in four years, this series has appeared on the countdown.  In 2011, the Avo Limited Edition 2011 was the #5 of the cigar while the Avo Limited Edition 2010 was our 2010 Cigar of the Year.

The Dominant 13th provides a highly complex flavor profile featuring black pepper, toasted nut, coffee, grass, natural tobacco, and cream.  This cigar’s flavors are full-bodied.  The strength starts out medium, but progresses to medium to full strength by the last third.

Click here for our assessment of the Avo Limited Edition 2013 – The Dominant 13th.

Blend Profile

The Avo Dominant 13th differs in blend each year.  The most significant thing in this blend is the use of Davidoff’s proprietary Yamasa leaf – something that has been used on many 2013 Davidoff limited releases.

Wrapper: Habano 2000 Ecuador
Binder: Yamasa (Dominican)
Filler:  Dominican (Piloto, Habano-seed Viso, San Vincente Ligero, Corojo/Olor Ligero); Peruvian Viso

Vitolas Available

Each year, the Avo Limited Edition s released in a single vitola, but the size (like the blend) varies from year to year.  For the Dominant 13th. it is a 6 x 52 toro

Score: 94 (4/17/13)
Assessment Rating: 4.0 – Box Worthy

For more information on our vision and criteria for the 2013 Cigar of the Year countdown, see our December 2013 Editor’s Corner.