Introduced in 2001, the Signature line was released in someway to recreates the AVO 75th Anniversary blend. The cigar features the same blend in the filler tobacco as that limited edition, tobacco being all aged Dominican tobacco, and features a four year aged ligero leaf from the Dominican as the binder. To finish the blend, the cigar was draped with a special "sun-grown" wrapper from Ecuador that was fermented several times at the Davidoff Factory. The line consists of five vitola, and for this review I am choosing the Lonsdale. The Lonsdale vitola gets its name from Hugh Cecil Lowther, the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, and is a cigar that is typically long and thin. The Signature Lonsdale measures 6.3" and has a 42 ring gauge. Made in the Davidoff Factory in the Dominican Republic this cigar is rolled perfectly and is firm in hand. The wrapper has this beautiful Natural/Claro coloring, and has a color of natural faded wood. It is silky to touch and the aroma has bits of spices, wood, leather and hay.
|A Nice Lonsdale|
When I enter the second third of the cigar I am getting a lot of those similar flavors from the first third, and they are very enjoyable! The nutty characteristics are still present and pairing wonderfully with the wood and hay notes present. There are still some lemongrass notes present as well with the cigar, and it has a nice finish of coffee and cocoa. It has become more complex in this third of the cigar, and the increase flavors have made it even more enjoyable than it has been. The charcoal colored ash from the first third is still holding on to the cigar at this point, and I am getting that razor sharp burn line as well. The strength is at a solid medium body right now, maybe a little softer, and this is really a treat.
The Lonsdale is really a great vitola, and I think it did wonders for this line. With such a beautiful and flavorful wrapper you really want to experience it first hand, and there is not better way to do that than with a thinner ring gauge cigar. I know many smokers will not gravitate towards the Lonsdale vitola, but I urge you all to be transcendentalists and take the road less traveled. Leave that comfort zone and branch out to a thinner ring gauge cigar. The cigar performed wonderfully in terms of construction, and had complex and balanced flavors from beginning to end. I don't remember ever smoking the Signature line by AVO, but if I had I had forgotten how enjoyable they were. I give this smoke a 91, and will definitely be enjoying them down the road for breakfast.
|Great Looking Smoke|