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.
Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Rolled: O.K. Cigars
Size: 6.25 x 47
Sample: purchased by CM
Quantity smoked: 1
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.