Avo Uvezian's 83rd Birthday Party at Davidoff of Geneva, Madison Avenue

On Monday, March 16, 2009, over sixty cigar enthusiasts joined us at the Madison Avenue store to celebrate Avo Uvezian's 83rd Birthday. In his signature white Brioni Suit and straw hat, Avo was his gracious enthusiastic self, signing boxes of his brand new Avo Companeros and posing for pictures.
An incredible dinner was prepared and served by our dear friends and neighbors at Rothmann's Steakhouse and paired with wines selected by Andrew Bell, President of the American Sommelier Association.

This was the very first time the Avo Uvezian 2009 Limited Edition Companeros had been smoked by the general public. More details on the cigar are below!

Here are a few pics from the night:

The Tables are set...

Avo spending time with guests...

Eddy Simon (Avo Brand Manager), Avo Uvezian, Michael Herklots (General Manager, Davidoff New York City)

Joseph Bollo, Avo Uvezian, Ruth Bollo

Avo Uvezian and Paul Chapman

Ibrahim Amer (Davidoff @ Madison) and Elena Baenninger (Davidoff @ Madison)

Avo dining with guests

... And Dinner is served!

David Savona and Greg Mottola of Cigar Aficionado and guests

Nick Rufino (Rothmann's) and Andrew Bell (American Sommelier Association)

Kevin Threat (Assistant Manager, Davidoff @ Columbus Circle)

Michael Herklots, Geri Corrigan (Public Relations, Davidoff), and Kevin Threat

Robert Seise (Assistant Manager, Davidoff @ Madison Ave)

... And it's time for the speeches...

(charcoal and graphite on wood by Adrian Roman)

Adrian presented his portrait to Avo as a gift.

Avo addressed the audience, thanked them for all their support, and invited everyone back for all the future Birthday Party Celebrations. (He's planning through 99!!!)

Eric Flores (Sales, Davidoff @ Madison Ave)

Everyone left with gift bags filled with a box of the new 2009 Avo Companero and a gorgeous porcelain ashtray.

Avo Companeros
Size: 6" X 54
Packaging: Box of 10 cigars
Price: $160USD per box (plus applicable taxes)
Country of Origin: Domincian Republic
Every year since 2001, the AVO brand has released a limited edition cigar to commemorate Avo's birthday. The 2009 Companeros are made by Davidoff of Geneva in the Dominican Republic (as are all AVO cigars). The past two editions prior to this (Avo 2008 Tesoro and the 2007 LE-07) were much milder in comparison to this one. It's full bodied and rich offering flavors of spice and leather. There's a slight sweetness that to me sort of comes and goes throughout the cigar. But really, I think it's a fabulous smoke that can certainly be enjoyed now and will definitely change with addition aging.