There’s a new AVO line this year, box-pressed and with Nicaraguan leaves, and while neither is a first for the AVO brand, this will be the first time either has happened in a regular production line. That line is AVO Syncro Nicaragua.
The four-vitola release draws inspiration from the idea of synchronizing Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco, similar to synchronizing different instruments to create music. As for the blend, it uses a darker Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua’s Ometepe and Olancho, Peru.
It is offered in four sizes: Short Robusto (4 x 52, $7.90), Robusto (5 x 50, $8.90), Toro (6 x 54, $9.90) and Special Toro (6 x 60, $10.90).
“Experience the thrill of surprising notes from diverse cultures! AVO Syncro brings new and exciting blends to delight today’s aficionados,” said Charles Awad, svp global marketing & innovation for Oettinger Davidoff AG, in a press release.
“The fusion of tobaccos from various origins allows the creation of new and surprising taste experiences that will, in the AVO way, generate memorable sharing moments,” he added.
Late last year, a makeover for AVO was announced, something that included removing over half the SKUs in the existing portfolio. Syncro Nicaragua is the first new regular production line since the makeover and follows the theme of modernizing AVO’s look, particularly with the boxes.
The AVO Moment was marketed as the first box-pressed AVO, but that was a limited edition for TAA retailers. AVO Classic Covers 2015, another limited edition, used tobacco from Ometepe.
AVO Syncro Nicaragua will be shown at next month’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans. It will ship to select retailers in the U.S. in August and launch globally next year.
AVO is produced at Oettinger Davidoff AG’s O.K. Cigars in the Dominican Republic. The brand is distributed by Davidoff of Geneva USA.