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Davidoff announces AVO Improvisation LE17

AVO Cigars announced the the fifth installment in its AVO Limited Edition Improvisations Series: AVO Improvisation LE17.

The cigar packaging — in keeping with the brand’s musical themes — features a full black leather exterior with orange leather interior lid and dual silver clasps. It’s meant to be evocative of a vintage guitar case.

As for the cigar itself, the AVO Improvisation LE17 draws inspiration from three other AVO products. According to a press release, “The new blend utilizes the same variety of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos that were featured in the AVO LE05, blended with the same Estelí, Nicaragua filler tobacco used in the AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata and presented in the 6 x 60 boxed pressed format of the AVO Syncro Nicaragua Special Toro.”

“When developing the fifth AVO Improvisation blend, I wanted to use the foundation of my fifth AVO Limited Edition ever released, the celebrated AVO LE05, to see if we could craft something extra special,” said Avo Uvezian in that same release. “When we blended in filler tobacco from Estelí, my palate immediately began to dance with the many flavor notes. The combination worked so well together that a 60-ring gauge format was the proper way to fully showcase this wonderful arrangement, finished in a flawless box pressed shape.”

The cigar is wrapped in Ecuadorian Habano and is priced at $18 per cigar, or $288 for a box of 16.

AVO 90th Classic Covers marks Avo Uvezian’s 90th birthday

Image: Davidoff of Geneva USA

Image: Davidoff of Geneva USA

In a press release, Davidoff announced the third limited edition release under its Improvisation Series. The new AVO 90th Classic Covers Volume 3 commemorates Avo Uvezian’s 90th birthday.

The blend consists of tobaccos used in AVO XO “covered” by tobaccos from Ecuador (wrapper) and Mexico (binder). In all, the 6 x 54 Toro contains six tobaccos from three countries, with fillers aged for between 10 and 11 years.

According to the press release, “The unique packaging resembles Avo’s personal vinyl record player, concealing two rows of 9 limited edition cigars, which are covered with a detachable vinyl record lid. Once the cigars have been removed, the box remains as a functional ashtray for each collector to use and display—a personal gift from Avo.”

Production of this cigar will be limited to 3,500 boxes of 18, which begin shipping to US retailers on March 22, 2016. Shipment to European retailers will follow soon after. The cigars will retail for $16.90 per cigar (or $304.20 per box).