Cigar Review: Avo Improvisation Series LE17

Avo Improvisation Series LE17





The AVO Improvisation LE17 is the remarkable result of an improvised collaboration from a trio of previously released AVO cigars:

  • AVO Syncro Nicaragua
  • AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata
  • AVO LE05

The new blend utilizes the same variety of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos that were featured in the AVO LE05, blended with the same Estelí, Nicaragua filler tobacco used in the AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata and presented in the 6 x 60 boxed pressed format of the AVO Syncro Nicaragua Special Toro.



As the first AVO Limited Edition in a box pressed format and the first to be offered in a 60 ring gauge, the AVO Improvisation LE17 blend utilizes 7 different tobaccos from 3 different countries, delivering complex and intense palate stimulation with a perfect balance.

The filler tobaccos consist of Nicaraguan Estelí Ligero and Dominican Seco and Ligero, encompassed by the Dominican Olor Zona 7 binder leaf and tastefully covered with the Habano Ecuador Marron Claro wrapper.


“For the moments that are SAVORED NOT SPENT”



 Avo Uvezian March 22, 1926 – March 24, 2017

In your cigars the beat go’s on….


When developing the fifth AVO Improvisation blend, I wanted to use the foundation of my fifth AVO Limited Edition ever released, the celebrated AVO LE05, to see if we could craft something extra special. When we blended in filler tobacco from Estelí, my palate immediately began to dance with the many flavor notes. The combination worked so well together that a 60-ring gauge format was the proper way to fully showcase this wonderful arrangement, finished in a flawless box pressed shape.”

Avo Uvezian




The Habano Ecuador Marron Claro (EC) wrapper is Graham cracker brown in color. Box pressed with multiple seams, notable bumps, heavy vein and tooth. The larger vitola is light in weight with several palpable soft spots.

Two bands sit on the LE17, the primary band is the signature AVO logo consisting of an A and a V that overlap, colored in white, copper and black with black outline creating the recognizable design. Along the sides with copper trim reads “AVO UVEZIAN” in copper font on a black matte background.

Along the opposite side reads “IMPROVISATION” next to a silhouette of the man Avo himself. The secondary band is dark grey in color, keeping with the music theme it looks like frets on the neck of a guitar complete with six strings.

The box pressed vitola has a semi rounded cap and a wide open foot. Pre light aroma had notes of baked brownies, cedar and sunflower seeds. The cold draw produced flavors of tea leaves, all spice and leather.




Upon first light there is a warm sweet aroma of cedar off the foot. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and raw cinnamon char. Background flavors of raw walnut, assorted roasted nuts and cocoa bean.

A black table pepper dusting is giving the Improvisation a mild spicy element with a nuance of coffee grounds lingering on the palate. Mild black pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of sweet corn bread and light caramel.


Entering cruise control a distinct flavor of assorted roasted nuts and coffee are prominent. Background flavors of light creamy leather, raw cinnamon and charred toffee/caramel.

The spicy element of black table pepper has been replaced with nuances of spiced rum and turmeric. The retro has increased with clean white pepper evolving into flavors of sweet maple and charred toffee.


Entering the final duration the core flavors of roasted nuts and coffee are on point. Background flavors of light milk chocolate, brown sugar char and raw cinnamon are adding a sweet element to the cigar.

Black table pepper has reappeared in the flavor profile giving the Improvisation LE17 a long sweet and spicy finish lingering on the palate in between draws.

The retro is producing a long white pepper burn right through the nostrils evolving into flavors of glazed almond and charred toffee/caramel.


The construction of the LE17 was very sketchy on the first example smoked for review. The wrapper had a few cracks near the cap area, not a storage issue but cracks that should have been noticed during the quality control inspection as they were prominent! The draw on both cigars had little to no resistance which made the vitolas extremely airy, the first example required several re lights.

Upon re lighting smoke was seeping from the seams which indicated a very loose roll or press.  Construction I wouldn’t expect to see on such a high priced cigar. The ash was never compact and burned hollow! Another issue I didn’t expect to see with such a high price tag. Despite the construction issues the flavor profile on the AVO Improvisation was very tasty and transitioned nicely throughout.

The core flavors of roasted nuts and coffee were prominent, balanced and complex on both examples smoked for review. The strength of the LE17 was in the straight MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse with a full range of flavors that were enjoyable.  The construction issues spoke volumes to me on any future purchase of the vitola. As always, check it out for yourself I would recommended on balance, complexity and taste, however buyer beware due to significant construction issues.



  • Roasted Nuts
  • Coffee
  • Dark /Milk  Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Raw/Char
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Spiced Rum/Turmeric
  • Black Table Pepper
  • White/Black Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Corn Bread/Almonds/Charred Caramel/Toffee


Cigars For Review: Purchased

Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rate: 85 (Construction Issues Factored in)

Size: 6″ × 60 Special Toro (box-pressed)

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Marron Claro (EC)

Binder: Olor Zona 7 (DR)

Filler: Estelí Ligero (NIC) | San Vincente Ligero (DR) | San Vicente Mejorado Seco (DR) | Piloto Ligero (DR) | Piloto Seco (DR)

Factory: Oettinger Kelner Cigars (Dominican Republic)

Production: Limited Edition (32,000 cigars for U.S.)

Price: $18.00 (SRP)

Additional Photo: New York Times



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