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Avo Uvezian was born in 1926 in Beirut, Lebanon to a family of musicians. His mother was a tremendously gifted singer, and his father was a composer as well as a conductor for a symphony orchestra. Avo’s dream as a young man was to develop... - More a great career as a musician, with the piano being his instrument of choice.
Fortunately, his parents’ connections in music allowed him to grow and develop his talents very quickly.Avo Uvezian traveled to the Near East as well as the Middle East with his jazz trio, The Lebanon Boys. This group let Avo make contacts that would later help his career in the United States. Avo arrived in the U.S. in 1947, where he attended the Juliard School of Music in New York City. At Juliard, Avo studied classical piano and composition, though his studies were cut short by the draft for the Korean War. He was sent to Fort Dix in New Jersey where he went through Infantry training. After impressing his officers with his musical talents, Avo Uvezian was moved from the Infantry to Band Training. When he arrived in Korea, the band would play at the Officers’ Club where they were paid twenty dollars a night. After returning to New York to continue out his career with the military, Avo was honorably discharged in 1952.
After being discharged, Avo spent the next few years working with his father-in-law designing jewelry. This eventually brought him to Puerto Rico where his musical talent landed him a gig at the famous Palmas Del Mar resort. Avo would later advance his career as a professional musician after composing Frank Sinatra’s 1966 hit “Strangers in the Night.” This song features Uvezian on piano and won three Grammy Awards in 1967, and would later be covered by many famous musicians. Ironically, the part at the end of the song when Sinatra scats the words “doo-be-doo-be-doo” was the inspiration for the name of the Scooby Doo character.
After Avo’s daughter, Karyn, was born in 1983, he went to Switzerland for her christening. After having some Cuban cigars after the meal, Avo realized that he was being charged over twenty dollars per cigar. He was outraged at this, and his friend suggested that they should make their own. That’s exactly how Avo Uvezian, a spontaneous man who knows what he wants, decided to get into the cigar industry. Without missing a beat, Avo booked a trip to the Dominican Republic, where he traveled for two years looking for a factory that suited his needs. Avo finally met master blender Hendrik Kelner and made him an offer for a full-production cigar line. After smoking his first samples, Avo told Kelner that he would give him twenty five percent more than he had originally offered. He knew that this would ensure that his Avo cigars would only be made from the best tobacco.
Michael Roux, a friend of Uvezian’s and also the man who brought Absolut Vodka to the United States, told Avo that he should make his cigars the best quality that he can, and put the product in the best packaging. Avo already had the right connections, and after the first year he had sold 120,000 cigars. By the third year, Avo had sold over 750,000 cigars! He soon worked out a deal with Davidoff to distribute his cigars globally, and in the coming years, the Avo brand would branch out into a variety of different lines, all of which BestCigarPrices.com is proud to carry.
The Avo Classic cigar is mild yet flavorful, and is the very cigar that Avo built his family of smokes upon. Using a delicious Connecticut-seed, shade-grown wrapper from Ecuador, the Avo Classic cigar is delightfully aromatic and rich in flavor. The blend features Dominican-grown, Cuban-seed Piloto San Vicente, and Olor leaves, which create a distinctly sweet aroma and mellow flavor. These cigars have always been a top seller at BestCigarPrices, and anyone who has tried an Avo can attest to the quality inside each box.
The Avo Maduro cigar is the darker-wrapped answer to the Avo Classic, and was blended for those who crave a stronger smoke. Avo Maduro cigars feature the same smooth flavor that’s found in the Avo Classic, though it is slightly bolder thanks to its Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. This wrapper is aged for three years, naturally fermented for an additional three months, and then fermented a second time to produce a deep, rich color and one-of-a-kind flavor. While it is more powerful than the Avo Classic, it contains none of the bitterness that often plagues maduro-wrapped cigars.
Avo XO was Avo Uvezian’s second line, and with it he referenced many musical terms in the creation of the cigars’ names. This line features an Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed wrapper, Dominican Olor binder, and Dominican filler leaves, all of which are aged together. These medium-bodied smokes are stronger than the Classic and Maduro line, but milder than the Domaine and Signature line. The Avo XO cigars come in either cellophane or metal tubes, and are offered in most traditional sizes.
The Avo Domaine cigar is one of the strongest cigar that Avo offers, behind the Avo Signature and Heritage lines. Featuring filler tobacco from Avo Uvezian’s own plantation in the Dominican Republic as well as full-bodied, sun-grown wrapper leaves from Ecuador, the Avo Domaine cigar packs a punch. Avo created this cigar because he wanted a cigar for the seasoned smoker who enjoys a bold smoke.
The Avo 787 cigar and the Avo Signature cigar are not as readily available as the other Avo cigar lines. The Avo 787 is a medium-bodied, balanced, and flavorful smoke. With flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and spice, you can’t go wrong with an Avo 787.
The Avo Signature line was created as a result of the success of the Avo 75th Anniversary. The overwhelming response to this cigar made Avo realize that he had to create a truly bold, full-bodied cigar for the experienced smoker. If the Avo Domaine cigar isn’t strong enough for you, we promise the Avo Signature cigar will hit the spot. Featuring select aged tobacco from the Dominican Republic as well as an aged, Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper, this rare and unique blend provides the perfect balance between full-bodied flavor and a perfectly balanced taste.
In 2010, Avo Uvezian blended the Avo Heritage cigar to pay tribute to the rich culture of cigar production, from seed to leaf to smoke. These are among Avo’s fuller-bodied offerings, and boast an oily Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper, along with Dominican ligero and seco and Peruvian seco filler leaves. These toasty, powerhouse smokes will impress any lover of potent stogies.Whether it’s the mild Avo Classic, the medium-bodied Avo XO, or the full-bodied Avo Heritage, you know you’re getting quality when you buy Avo cigars.
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