Size does matter.
Tatuaje’s Fausto line is becoming one of my favorite line of cigars with the Fausto Avion 11 being my favorite cigar of all time – by far. I gave that cigar 98 points and I would still give that cigar that high of a score. It just fits right into my preferred flavor profile and, I think, due to the fact that it’s a larger figurado, it just worked perfectly for me. I have found that figurados, in this case a perfecto, smoke better for me and the reason why I think this is the case is because they must have to use more experienced torcedores to make these kind of cigars.
So that’s why I was excited to try the Fausto Avion 12. It’s also a perfecto and it’s just a smaller version of the Fausto Avion 11. The diameter is the similar with the same high and low diameters (it’s not the same because the cigar is shorter, I think my math is right here). Smelling it I get a large whiff of liberally spiced hay. Looks perfectly made with a slight box press.
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 48/52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Price: $42.50/Pack of 5 | $152.95/Box of 20
Orangutan & Dog Torch!
Spice, leather, hay and some sweetness. The same, basic flavors are here that I found in the Avion 11 but the Avion 12 just isn’t holding up to the 11, which I know is a tall order. With this one the flavors are a little wild and almost harsh. Both the draw and the burn are great. Even with that being the case, I’m loving this cigar.
During the second third the flavors do calm down a bit and any hint of harshness is gone. Spice is still present but it’s a secondary flavor to the hay and leather and, now, there’s also some nutty flavors coming through. It’s a really strong cigar in my book but nowhere near as good as the Avion 11.
One of the interesting things about the Avion 11 was that the final third wasn’t as good as the first two. That isn’t the case here. Spice and sweetness have combined to create a wonderfully delicious flavor profile. Leather and hay are gone now but I’m liking this spice and sweetness mix a lot.
Full bodied with a great burn and draw this cigar may not be as good as its bigger brother, the Fausto Avion 11, but it’s still damn good. The flavors are really clear and, for me at least, they work really well together. I think that if you are worried about smoking an Avion 11 this would be a good alternative because at no point did it make me even the slightest bit queasy. It’s strong but not overly so. Great cigar.
Interestingly, I’m pegging this cigar’s score right around the same score I would have given the final third of the Avion 11. It’s just an inch shorter but that inch did make a big difference. Still a great cigar but I’ll stick with the Avion 11.