Unlike Viaje or Room 101, AVO’s uniquely presented cigars retain the class and style of a bygone era. Like many of the yearly release LE’s from AVO, the La Trompeta likewise utilizes a musical theme. The first thing you’ll notice upon inspection are the three dots made of a light shaded tobacco at the center of the cigar which represent the valves of a trumpet.
The construction of the La Trompeta reviewed here was stunning. When I set it down in my humidor it landed with a thud. When inspecting the foot you can see a perfectly balanced pack and the cold draw serves to confirm this fact. The colorado claro (I believe the same wrapper is used on the Davidoff Colorado Claro) wrapper has a light oily sheen, a few prominent veins and minuscule tooth. The wrapper has scents of barnyard, cocoa & a bit of cedar but it’s all very subtle. The foot smells of grass/hay, earth, leather and a light bready note. The cold draw tastes of earth, grass/hay, leather and oats.
Rolled: O.K. Cigars
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
When smoked: Fall of 2013 (1 Year Age)
Quantity smoked: 1
Size: 6.5×54 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Special Sun Grown “Seleccion 702″
Binder: Dominican Piloto
Filler: Dominican & Peruvian
The first ten or so puffs bring forth walnut, grass and a touch of cocoa. The La Trompeta is a bit subtle due to below average smoke production but the smoke does have a nice creamy texture. The retro-hale is incredibly smooth and creamy, imparting a salty-sweet character with walnut and a whisper of white pepper. A half inch down and mineral-earth pops in. The walnut (bitter nut) comes down but remains the most dominant note. The burn is slow and the smoke production is below average. The flavor intensity is mild but the flavors do linger on the tongue for 10-15 seconds.
Coming into the second third the grass/hay ramps up to match the walnuts and creamy character. The La Trompeta remains a subtle cigar with a mild body and mild flavor. The mineral-earth intensifies and continues on the finish along with the subtle sweetness. The sweetness is most noticeable on the retro-hale, pairing with slightly herbal/floral combination. Mineral-earth, grass/hay and walnut intermix as the chief flavors while cream, cocoa, touches of tartness and salt bring up the rear as the underlying tones. Smoke production was sub-par but manageable. The finish shortened in this third with the mineral-earth being the one note to linger on the tongue for any length of time. Body mild-med.
The grass/hay and increasingly bitter walnut take a half-step down while the earthiness of the cigar becomes more pronounced. The body and flavor intensity finally rise to a solid mild to mild-medium, primarily due to the improving combustion. The texture of the smoke becomes oily as opposed to creamy. Hints of oak arrive and seem to segue into the walnut tones. Mineral-earth, oily walnut, and a grapefruit-like bitter citrus coat the tongue on the short finish while an aromatic molasses scent wafts from the burning foot. The remaining inch or so doesn’t change much. The earth takes over completely while the walnut and grass/hay waver below. The finish shortens up even further, lingering a mere 2-5 seconds or so after each puff. Flavor intensity is disappointingly mild in the last inch but on the bright side the smoke production did improve.
AVO cigars often feature a flavor that I liken to grass or hay which fits well with our Beach Comber class, yet the bitter nuttiness (I likened to walnut) and to a lesser extent the earth was more dominant throughout. The mild body and flavor intensity of the La Trompeta is overshadowed by a streak of nicotine strength that really kicks in by the final third.
I was extremely excited to smoke my first La Trompeta. Year after year smokers are treated to AVO Limited Editions and I’m not sure they’ve ever disappointed. While the La Trompeta might be the most solidly constructed and most artfully presented of the AVO LE’s it fails to deliver in a few key aspects. Firstly, the smoke production is sub-par and could not provide enough smoke to satisfy me. This had nothing to do with poor construction as the burn line, conical cherry and ash were perfect throughout and the draw was fine. Secondly, while the AVO La Trompeta featured a wide array of flavors and aromas, they were simply too dim to fully enjoy. It’s extremely odd to smoke a cigar with so much strength yet such a mild body and intensity of flavor. Still not all was bad as the flavors, while dim, were nicely balanced and the retro-hale was at times enjoyable.