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!
Eddy Simon (Avo Brand Manager), Avo Uvezian, Michael Herklots (General Manager, Davidoff New York City)
Joseph Bollo, Avo Uvezian, Ruth Bollo
Ibrahim Amer (Davidoff @ Madison) and Elena Baenninger (Davidoff @ Madison)
David Savona and Greg Mottola of Cigar Aficionado and guests
Nick Rufino (Rothmann's) and Andrew Bell (American Sommelier Association)
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.
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.