CAO America Monument (Torpedo)
Wrapper-Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and Connecticut Shade Barber Pole
I decide to do this cigar for my first review being thats its Memorial Day weekend and I feel this cigars represents the American theme. Hope you all enjoy this written review so here goes.
Construction was fair I had a crack near the first band which appeared to be significant so I decided to take off first band early and upon doing so cigar was cracked worse then I thought but was still smokeable, hopefully you can see in the pictures below. Cigar was packed solid no soft spots or issues except that big crack.
Pre light draw was loose got some hints of spice and cedar notes.
1st third cigar started off with spice and cedar notes, good amount of smoke with the loose draw. Cigar held on a good ash for about 1 inch before falling off. I did have a small burn issue which I corrected in the beginning.
2nd third spice notes weren’t there as much still got cedar notes but started to pick up a toasted almond note with every exhale and to my surprise I started picking up a chocolate cherry note as the smoke filled my mouth. The crack in the wrapper really didn’t effect the cigar draw as much as it did the burn. Still had to touch up I believe mostlly because of the crack.
Final 3rd was pretty much the same as the 2nd with very little spice but more of the toasted almond and chocolate cherry notes. Once past the crack the burn issue was gone so I,m going to toss that up to the really bad crack. The ash held on about 1 inch thru entire cigar was pretty solid grey/white ash. Draw was perfect and great amount of smoke.
Conclusion cigar starts off with spice and cedar notes about midway turns into less spice with cedar and toasted almond notes and touches of chocolate cherry notes. Burn needed a lot of attention but I draw that up to the huge crack on the maduro wrapper. This is a medium to full body cigar that I really do enjoy smoking.
So with that said I hope you enjoy this review and please leave comments and tell me your thoughts on my very first of what I hope is many reviews. Oh yeah sorry for some reason I couldnt rotate the final two pics not sure why.