Purchased from Cigars-for-Less for 117$ (a box c2002, plain cedar color prior to the salmon colored boxes of the current) on April 5th, 2010. The Serenata’s weigh in at 5 x 38, and wrapped in a beige Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf which smells of basil, cedar, cream, filleted salmon, and thyme. Both the bunch and binder are of Dominican origin, and much like all of the Avo lines the XO’s are rife with Piloto Cubano too.

The wrapper tastes of anise, cinnamon, paprika, tarragon.

The toasted foot smells sweetly of caramelized sugar, cinnamon, cream, French roast coffee, and toast. When lit, the smoke tastes of cedar, cream, licorice, paprika, and parsley.

The ash is a salt and pepper color ringing every three millimeters, the white smoke smells of caramel and burning cedar. Four inches remain and thirty minutes passed since lighting.

The XO’s are milder than the classic line, but they also possess and give off a mineral taste and white chocolate; forty minutes, and two inches down.

Around the last two inches the body picks up with hints scallions, red peppers, dark chocolate, and fresh kiln dried cedar; and a hint of challah toast on the nose. The ash around an inch and a half ring every two millimeters.

An hour into this panatela, and things heat up (physically), tongue bite settles in, time to put this one to rest at one inch left.