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AVO 80th Anniversary Cigar Released 80 years young – Happy birthday, Avo! A brief portrait of Avo Uvezian In 1926, Avo Uvezian was born into a musical family of Armenian extraction living in Beirut (Lebanon). Being a gifted young pianist, Avo dreamed of a great career as a musician. His talent and enormous commitment – still evident to this day – brought him success at an early age. Even while still a young man, he travelled the Near and Middle East with his own jazz trio. In 1947, the contacts he had made there led the young jazz pianist to the USA, where he studied classical piano and music composition at the renowned Julliard School of Music. Avo soon found himself playing with the great jazz musicians of the 1950s and 1960s – his dream of a career as a musician had been fulfilled. After moving to Puerto Rico in the 1980s, he opened a piano bar. This was where Avo discovered his love of cigars – they were to become his second great passion. Indeed, it was only a short way to get from connoisseur to cigar “composer”. In 1982, Avo made the acquaintance of cigar producer Hendrik Kelner in the Dominican Republic, where he soon had his own cigars rolled. The first cigar was a classic Belicoso format. Avo Uvezian was not the only one to be impressed by this format: his guests were too, and increasingly asked for his cigars. Avo was soon receiving as many compliments for his “Cigars in Perfect Harmony” as for his melodies. A harmonious success story had begun. The first AVO cigar went on sale in New York as early as 1988. Avo Uvezian began with a batch of 100,000 cigars – the figure today is over three million worldwide every year. AVO 80th Anniversary For Avo Uvezian, cigars are one of the pleasures of life that he loves to share with others. This is why he has created a very exceptional cigar to celebrate his 80th birthday. The anniversary cigar is a Belicoso format – as was his first cigar composition at the beginning of the 1980s. Like Avo Uvezian, the blend has great personality. A high proportion of Ligero tobaccos accounts for the intense and aromatic notes. These full-flavoured characteristics lend a harmonious balance to the Belicoso format. Portrait of the AVO 80th Anniversary cigar in figures Length 15.2 cm / 6 inches Diameter 21 mm / 52 ring gauge Wrapper leaf Ecuador – Special Sun grown Binder leaf Olor (AVO 80th Fermentation) Filler Piloto Ligero San Vicente Ligero Piloto Seco San Vicente Seco E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Internet:

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