AFGL: CRA, AB, Avo & Breaking In

March 9, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Assault on Cigars, Cigar Industry, Entertainment · Comment 

A Few Good Links for this week covers some good news from Cigar Rights of America, Alec Bradley’s Red Badge Report, a new Avo and a show that returned from the grave.

1. From CRA is this:

In a significant advancement for the effort to keep the U.S. Food & Drug Administration out of your home and local tobacconist’s humidor, S. 1461 and H.R. 1639 has acquired two major new co-sponsors from the House and Senate.

Representative Fred Upton (R, Michigan) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) are the politicians who have signed on to fight the FDA. That’s good news and I’m glad we have some more people fighting those who would stomp out our cigars. And a big thanks to CRA for their activism and for keeping us up-to-date on what is going on.

2. Alec Bradley just published the first edition of the Red Badge Report. Here’s a little video (jump ahead to about 0:40):

 3. Then there is the special (can a 100,000 production run be termed “special”) run of the Avo La Trompeta. Here’s the stuff:

Through the subtle balanced Ligero tobaccos and the add-on of Peruvian Seco from exquisite tobacco fields, this special vintage is a medium to full- bodied cigar with complex notes in the aftertaste. The beautiful, slightly oily Ecuador Special Sun Grown wrapper “Seleccion 702” awards this cigar an indescribable spicy and balanced, multi-faceted experience. This cigar converts our thoughts in dreams.

“This cigar converts our thoughts in dreams” – wow. Somebody ate their Wheaties before writing that! More info:

“La Trompeta” presents itself in a majestic and charming cigar format – a brilliant 6 ½ x 54 “Piramide”– the addition of a special feature to pay homage to the jazz trumpet, three small circular cigar leaf cut-outs are placed on the wrapper leaf to resemble “trumpet keys” – limited to 100,000 cigars worldwide with 50,000 cigars for the US market.

“La Trompeta” will be available on March 26th at Select Merchants with a retail price of $15.50 taxes not included.

4. Breaking In is not a great show but it’s fun. At least, it was. With the addition of Megan Mullally and the subtraction of a couple of guys (the kind of up tight one and that other one, you know, the zany guy) the premiere episode wasn’t good. Hopefully it will get better but, well, let’s hope. Here’s a video that I think shows one of the funnier moments from the first season:

Avo Cigar Rights of America Cigar Review

November 29, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

One of the reasons I like writing is because you never have to pronounce any of the words. Take, for example, this cigar. Is the “A” in “Avo” a hard or soft “A”? I don’t know which it is but, if you absolutely need to know how I’m pronouncing it in my head, I am pronouncing it with a soft “A” in my head: Ah-vo.

Now let’s get into the part that you actually care about. This Avo is part of the Cigar Rights of America sampler that I purchased a number of months ago. I’ve liked all the cigars, some better than others, and I have high hopes for this cigar.

It feels a bit on the dry side. The construction is mostly good but there are some issues with the cap. No serious drawbacks that I can make out in the construction. The prelight draw, on the other hand, feels a little tight. Even so, I am getting a distinctly peppery flavor.

I Scream Light!

Oak is the first flavor that I can discern. After that there is dry prairie and after that a hint of cherry comes through a little bit.

Medium bodied cigar and the flavors are okay. There just isn’t that much interesting going on in this cigar during the first half. Part of the problem is that there is this off note that makes this cigar a little harsh.

And then, with the commencement of the second half, this Avo becomes smooth. That doesn’t mean the flavors are amazing or anything like that but it is better.

Oak is the dominant flavor followed by cherry and that dry, grassy flavor (that aforementioned pretentious sounding prairie).

Not much changes throughout; it is a fairly consistent cigar. There’s some complexity to the flavor profile but not a whole lot. It’s a good cigar and worth a smoke or two.

Like all the other cigars from the CRA sampler I will not give this one a score. If you haven’t done so already you should head over to the CRA website and become a member before smoking cigars is outlawed.