Cigar Review: AVO Unexpected Tradition

Initial Thoughts:

The fourth and final cigar in AVO's “Unexpected” series is the AVO Unexpected Tradition. While this line from AVO is surrounded by scandal and deception, I did not know about it whenever I set any of the cigar aflame for review. (I'll explain the deception at the bottom of the post).

I reviewed both the Unexpected Celebration, and the Unexpected Passion, but didn't review the Unexpected Moment because I was enjoying the “moment” with a great friend who came in town.

The AVO Unexpected Tradition is chock full of undisclosed tobacco. However, AVO did reveal that there is a rare Peruvian tobacco that's in the filler.

The wrapper is medium in color and has a vein snaking through it. After lighting the stick, on the cold draw, I got hints of grass and citrus.


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Brand: AVO
Line: Unexpected Series, Tradition
Size: 6 x 50
Cut: Punch
Light: Torch
Price: $9.99
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed, Peru

AVO “Unexpected Deception” Explained:

Long story short, when AVO release four new cigars at IPCPR 2019, they touted them as new, exotic, limited edition, and somewhat mysterious. Retailers sold them as such, and thousands of buyers (like me) took an opportunity to grab a new and rare stick from a reputable company.

Then, on December 6th, 2019, in this interview, it was revealed that the AVO Unexpected Celebration/Passion/Moment/Tradition were not, in fact, new, exotic, or any other word. They were in fact cigars that were selling poorly which had been rebranded in an attempt to boost sales.

Final Thoughts:

As I wrapped up the cigar, I couldn't quite say I was eager to smoke another one. The AVO Unexpected Tradition had a perfect draw and a perfect burn, but I didn't love the flavors.

While there was a lot going well for the cigar, I just wouldn't go out of my way to tell you about it. That said, our palates might be different. Therefore the AVO Unexpected Tradition earns a CigarScore 4.

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