Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed “Assessment Updates”. The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Avo Syncro Nicaragua in the Special Toro size. This is a cigar we previously did an assessment in the Robusto size back in August, 2015.
Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador
Filler: Ometepe, Nicaragua; Olanco, Peru; Dominican Republic, (Piloto, San Vicente Mejorado and hybrid Olor/Piloto)
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Special Toro: 6 x 60
The Avo Syncro Nicaragua is a new regular production cigar by Avo Cigars released in 2015. This was the first new line introduced to Avo since the brand was revamped earlier this year. The Avo Syncro Nicaragua is a box-pressed offering that incorporates Nicaraguan tobacco into the blend. While it is not the first box-pressed Avo Cigar (that honor goes to the Avo Movement TAA Limited Release) and it is not the first Avo to contain Nicaraguan tobacco (that honor goes to the Avo Classic Covers 2015), it is the first regular production line to contain both of these characteristics. Today, we take a look at the Special Toro (6 x 60) offering in the Avo Syncro Nicaragua line.
In addition to Nicaraguan tobacco from Ometepe, the filler of the Avo Syncro Nicaragua also features Peruvian and Dominican tobacco. The cigar also has a dark Connecticut Ecuador wrapper and a Dominican binder. The Syncro name is a play of the theme of synchronization in music, but with the Avo Syncro Nicaragua it refers to balancing the newer Nicaraguan components with the traditional Dominican components of this blend.
What we found on both Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks, is that Special Toro size really showcases the blend and demonstrates the “Syncro” characteristics of the Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. From the Nicaraguan end, this cigar offers notes of coffee, earth, and a mix of cedar and pepper spice. On the Dominican end, there are some traditional Avo-esque grassy notes. There is a slight cream component and an underlying citrus sweetness.
Consistent with the rest of the line, the Special Toro is a medium strength, medium-bodied smoke. Construction was excellent as this cigar and this was reflected on both the burn and draw.
Overall, the Special Toro is the best vitola of what is an very good line. It elevates this blend to another level. Even if you are not a large ring gauge enthusiast, this is a cigar worth checking out. It certainly is a box-worthy one. Yes, size matters.
Assessment: 4.0-Box Worthy
Original Assessment: Avo Syncro Nicaragua Robusto
News: Avo Syncro Nicaragua
Source: Cigars Provided by Manufacturer, Additional Cigars Purchased
Stogie Geeks Podcast: Episode 155, Stogie Geeks Shorts – Avo Syncro Nicaragua
Stogie Feed:Avo Syncro Nicaragua Special Toro