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Review: AVO 2nd Movement TAA Limited Release

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Matt Masters
Written by Matt Masters

THE RUNDOWN

Last year, AVO released their first exclusive for the Tobacconists Association of America (TAA) called the “Movement”. The TAA is described as follows.

The Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. is a trade organization established in 1968 by visionary retail tobacconists. By providing education, communication, research, advocacy, and member discount programs, The TAA works with our members and the industry they support to offer the tools and relationship building opportunities needed to maximize professionalism and success. – TAA Website

I had the opportunity to try last year’s AVO TAA exclusive and was impressed that they could produce a cigar at nearly the same caliber as their Limited Edition’s with a more affordable price-point. A year later, AVO comes back with another TAA exclusive cigar, and while the name is no surprise, let’s find out if there’s anything extraordinary about the 2nd Movement.
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Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Rolled: O.K. Cigars
Size: 6.25 x 47
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
MSRP: $11.00
Sample: purchased by CM
Quantity smoked: 1
Box-Date: 2014

Pre-Light Notes:
  • Solid pack, very slight give while applying pressure between fingers.
  • Marbled, multicolored wrapper from dark brown to chocolate-brown.
  • Triple cap
  • Visible veins, yet not in abundance.
  • Wrapper: hay, barnyard, faint leather
  • Foot: hay, bread, nutmeg, faint wine
  • Cold Draw: Hay, faint bread, general bitterness, dirt. Noticeable amount of resistance on the pull.

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THE SMOKE

First Third

Immediately after lighting, I could tell that this was an AVO. The distinguishing flavors that I associate with Avo’s (and Davidoff’s) is “green hay” and “ocean air”. The 2nd Movement has a healthy dosage of both at the beginning. Through the retro-hale, I’m getting red pepper and oak. On the palate, the dominant feature is the signature AVO green hay and ocean air flavors. Undertones of oak and bitter coffee are noticeable when I’m not focusing on the main two flavors. The smoke characteristic at this point is basic yet has a slight creaminess to it. The finish resonates for a considerable amount of time and is composed of oak, green hay and ocean air. Medium body.

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Second Third

The red pepper has smoothed-out a lot in the second third, making the retro-hale even more manageable than before. The predominant green hay and ocean air has also dissipated, allowing for a bittersweet citrus note to run alongside parallel with the other key components. The bitter coffee from the first third has lost its bitter characteristic, while the oak remains unchanged. Accompanying these two other undertones now is a faint dark chocolate. The smoke characteristic is smoother overall than how it was in the first third, leaving the mouth a touch more salivating. A subtle yet long finish of oak, green hay, dark chocolate and ocean air. Medium body.

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Final Third

Now that I’m coming towards the end of this 2nd Movement, a saltines has come into the picture. Whether it’s a salt note on its own or an emphasized version of the “ocean air”, the saltiness has made its way to the forefront of the flavor profile. The red pepper has gained slightly in intensity through the nose during the final third. Green hay, oak and chocolate are also other components of the main flavor profile, all melding together seamlessly at this point. Hints of a distinct must tone join the coffee as the undertones. The smoke characteristic at the end of this cigar has reached a very smooth and creamy point, almost at the point of syrupy connotations. Another long, yet subtle finish of oak, salt, ocean air, green hay and chocolate. Medium body.

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FINIS

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The mustiness, saltiness, oak, citrus and coffee of the Marquee class overshadow the pepper of the Santa Fe class in this instance. Although the pepper was a dominating characteristic at the beginning of the cigar and stayed as a staple the entire way through, the breadth of flavors from the Marquee class take precedent in categorizing this cigar.

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This cigar would be a perfect choice to introduce someone to the AVO Limited Edition’s. While not as complex, it’s core components like the intense green hay and ocean air will show a person what’s at the heart of nearly every AVO Limited Edition without being overwhelmed by complexity. The construction was perfect, never had it go out and never had to touch-up the wrapper. There were subtle flavor shifts but nothing out of left-field. If it had more intense undertones then I could see this getting a higher quality placement, but there’s nothing wrong with a III. Satisfying experience.

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About the author

Matt Masters

Matt Masters

Matt is a figure who is able to observe the chaos around him but not always be a part of it. Matt is generally completely indifferent to what goes on in his friends' lives, seeing their misery as merely an entertaining distraction, as well as an opportunity for joke material. He often plays along with their hare-brained schemes (like this site), even encouraging them, often just to see them fail.

  • William Burke

    “Ocean air”? As a native Virginia of the Piedmont, we were always within a trip to the Chesapeake and Colonial Beach, a little town that resembled an HO gauge railroad town – beautiful in miniature, but probably not an exciting place to grow up in. But what do I know? I grew up in Culpeper (as in the Culpeper Minutemen, who fought as a unit in every war, from the American Revolution through the Spanish-American War, and had appearances in the First World War.

    I remember smelling the salt Chesapeake Bay air, long before the water was in sight, and I smell and taste it in salt water taffy to this day, but I have never been into Avo cigars in any big way. Too much noise and not enough substance.

    But I might have to try this stick. Though I doubt Avo will ever be in any rotation of mine, which run more towards boutiques, and sadly stuff I can ill-afford. Oh well!!! It is what is is. I hate that expression, and still find myself using it more often than is to my liking…

    • Matt Masters

      Thanks for you comment William, I really appreciate you sharing your insight with me. It’s incredible how vividly our sense of smell can take us back to a place in our lives whether it’s an experience that had taken place hours or years ago. I definitely recommend trying out this cigar at some point. It took a while for Avo to grow on me because of their uniqueness which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I certainly enjoy them a lot more now.