Cigar review: Always looking

Cigar review: This line of CAO cigars has made quite the splash since it’s inception in 2014. I have had the other cigars produced for the Amazon series and generally have been quite pleased in all aspects of the cigars. 

Now it’s almost the end of 2019 and it certainly time to smoke the lastest creation.

Here are how the CAO team describe the stick. ” the sungrown Cubra was raised in a  in a microclimate of Eastern Brazil’s fertile Bahia region. There a collective of local farmers worked with CAO’s agronomists to yield lustrous leaves that are inherently sweet, strong and versatile for blending. ” There is alot more about the description of the cigar  but I rather talk about the cigar itself.

As always, how and where I get the cigar does not impact my selective judgment and suggest you try to smoke the cigar yourself.

Brand/Name of Cigar: CAO/Orellana

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Size: 6 x 58

Wrapper: Brazil

Filler: Colombian and Dominican

Binder: Nicaragua

Shape: Toro

Price: $10.99 MSRP, received gratis from General Cigar for review

Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 12/01/19

Appearance/Construction: The unique roped tobacco string certainly makes the cigar look different than just about any other cigar. I happen to like it but I am sure there will be some distractors.  The wrapper is dark brown, semi oily feel and a solid construction. The texture is a bit rough but it makes the cigar look more rugged.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First third: Smooth with a controlled mix of almonds, earth and a fruity interlude, perhaps cherry? No one flavor dominates the blend at the start.

Second third: I get a more nut like hit in this segment and sweetness too. Mostly a dark taste of maple, very full bodied.

Final third: The cigar holds steady with the aforementioned flavors but the spice is now part of the scene which overall adds another dimension to the cigar.

Smoking Characteristics: No real problems or issues. The cigar kept lit, even burn, grey ash and was well constructed.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:  The CAO brand has made a very strong case to continue this line and the cigar was smooth, well made and tasty. There is no one aspect of the cigar taste than overwhelmed or underwhelmed. Your basic good smoke.

Final Thoughts and the Numbers:

Limited edition cigars are sometimes company  hype. How many are actually made and who gets them seems to be a well kept secret. I suggest if you see this cigar in your B and M. go ahead and make the purchase. It’s a good 1/5 hour of smoking pleasure.

Appearance/Construction: 3.8 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.0 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.8 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.9 out of 5

Keep smoking




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