Cigar Review: Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata

Cigar Review: Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata

The Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata, is the latest ultra- premium handmade cigar from Avo. Dressed in a Habano 2000 wrapper the binder is San Andres Negro, and the filler consists of aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic along with prime Nicaraguan leaves from the famous growing regions Estelí and Condega. “Fogata, meaning bonfire or campfire in Spanish, was a great inspiration for the cigar. It is one of my favorite settings to share unforgettable and intimate moments with my closest of friends,” cigarmaker and famed jazz musician Avo Uvezian said in a statement. “With Syncro Nicaragua Fogata, we went off the beaten path in search of more intense taste experiences and are proud to now share with you this vibrant new blend in our portfolio.”




Fogata wears an Ecuadoran Habano 2000 Clara wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés Negro binder and fillers from both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Unlike the original Syncro Nicaragua, Syncro Nicaragua Fogata will not be box-pressed. The cigar will launch in four sizes.

  • Short Torpedo: 4 1/2 x 52
  • Robusto: 5 x 50 
  • Toro: 6 x 54
  • Special Toro: 6 x 60

Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata is manufactured at the Oettinger Kelner (OK) Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic. Davidoff says the cigars are expected to start shipping now, with a wider international release scheduled for 2017.





The Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Clara wrapper is milk chocolate brown in color with minimal tooth, vein and slight seam. The vitola has two labels, the primary label is dressed in earthy colors of muted and burnt orange with burgundy accents. The front of the band has a familiar AVO design with the AV colored in black and foil silver, below reads “NICARAGUA” in solid silver font on an orange background. Along both sides reads “SYNCRO” also in solid silver font. The secondary smaller band is brighter orange in color and bears the name of the vitola “FOGATA” in solid silver font with two silver symbols looking like something from the Klingon Empire. Pre-light aroma had notes of barnyard and cedar, the cold draw produced a flavor of chocolate.


Upon first light were flavors of wood char, leather and cedar. Black pepper present is notable in the throat area at a medium level. The sweet profile of the vitola is in the form of cinnamon and milk chocolate. The retro is producing white pepper evolving into flavors of baked cookies and caramel.


All black pepper strength has turned mild to nonexistent allowing the sweet flavors of the Fogata to move up front. Flavors of creamy leather, cinnamon, milk chocolate and ginger snap with a nuance of raw salted cashews. No trace of anything spicy on the lips and palate in between draws. The retro is producing low doses of white pepper evolving into flavors of dry caramel.


Any remnant of black pepper have completely diminished. Sweet notes are the word of the day in the form of milk chocolate, cinnamon and creamy leather. I have been waiting for the cigar to do something, but sadly it just turned flat! No pun intended. Floral notes of plain tea with a bitter taste of orange peel are notable. Any remote signs of spice are being produced via the retro in low doses of white pepper evolving into flavors of salted caramel.


I had some serious issues with the construction with the Fogata Robusto. The burn line was never straight on any of the three samples smoked for review. The cigar was constantly being torched to straighten it up. It was just not a fun enjoyable experience. I used a V-cut on two out of three examples, which produced a considerable amount of tar! Not sure if the pack was too tight as the draw was good, however a straight cut on both examples after the fact cleared it up but by the second example I was bored with re-lights and stained fingers. The third example was straight cut with no tar on the draw. The strength of the Fogata was in the MILD to MEDIUM bodied range that produced some interesting sweet flavors, unfortunately into the final third the flavors went flat. I kept waiting for the cigar to do something, but sadly it never happened. I enjoyed the Avo Syncro box pressed from a year ago but the Fogata has me scratching my head. I look forward to trying other sizes in the line to see how they stack up against the Robusto.



  • Minimal Black Pepper
  • Woody Char, Cedar
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Ginger Snap
  • Raw Salted Cashews
  • Orange Peel
  • Plain Tea
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Salted Caramel




Cigars Purchased From: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 81

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano 2000 Clara

Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan Estelí and Condega

News Source: Cigar Insider

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