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Every year since 2001, Avo Cigars founder Avo Uvezian has celebrated his birthday by creating a limited-edition smoke. This year’s creation—in recognition of his 81st birthday—is the 55/8 x 48 Avo Limited Edition 07. The company will make only 7,000 boxes of 20, and it will ship only 4,000 of these to the United States. For his limited-edition cigars, Uvezian prefers a wrapper grown in Ecuador’s cloudy climate, which produces tobacco that tastes similar to shade-grown wrappers but has a more intense flavor. In the Avo L.E. 07, this wrapper sheathes binder and filler leaves from the Dominican Republic, creating a blend significantly lighter than that of last year’s version. The cigar begins with a tangy bite but quickly settles into a wonderfully well-rounded, smooth, medium-bodied smoke. ($230 per box) www­.avo.com

Measuring only 1/8 inch thick, 2 inches long, and 11/2 inches wide, the Prometheus C cigar cutter is slim and small enough to slide into your wallet, so that you always can have a cutter at the ready. The cutter’s stainless steel, guillotine-type blade ensures a smooth slice. Two models are available: the 01 shown here, with a V-shaped pull, and the 02, which has a rounded pull. ($70) www­.prometheuskkp.com

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