Cigar of the Week

Cigar of the Week: Avalon Juke Series Ebony cigar

Avalon Juke Series Ebony cigar

Brand: Avalon Cigars
Line: Juke Series Ebony
Vitola: Double Corona 7 x 50
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Indonesian
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Body: Mild-to-medium
Strength: Mild-to-medium
Cigar Price: $7.00 each

(This is the latest in my recent string of boutique and specialty cigar brands.)

I had never heard of Avalon Cigars until recently, when I read this post over at the Stogie Review. This company, which seems to be relatively new, is all about the Web, and perhaps is trying to market itself to the MySpace crowd.

So, to say the least, when I received a three-cigar sample pack from Avalon, I was a bit skeptical. But due to the company’s Web presence and its blogger outreach efforts, I took it seriously. Avalon seems to be a company that wants to succeed. I can respect that.

The Avalon Juke Series Ebony is a good-looking cigar: smooth, slightly veiny and with a nice sheen. I used a punch on this baby, but I was perturbed by its poor prelight draw. Why was the draw so bad, you ask? I took the cigar out to inspect it, when I noticed its sealed foot. (Duh.)

Anyway, once I lit up, I noticed it was a bit tangy to start, but then it smoothed out to become a buttery, almost almond-tasting stick. (An interesting note: Avalon ages many of its cigars in pecan wood.) I was instantly hooked. A bit of tanginess remained throughout the cigar, which was kind of interesting. With mild-bodied cigars, I usually enjoy a cup of coffee or just some water; I found myself itching for a glass of red wine. I indulged.

The Ebony stayed lit throughout and burned evenly. And in case you were wondering, the draw was fine.

Verdict: A pleasant cigar, but hard to track down, seeing as they’re sold mostly in the South.

Similar cigars: Similar to the CAO Black, I think.

(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)