Wrapper: Honduran (Olancho San Agustin)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran
Size: Robusto 5 x 50 (Lot 50)
This new release from CAO was introduced at this year’s IPCPR and is the first release under the new regime of at CAO. The wrapper is a milk chocolate brown with no major veins or construction flaws at first sight. The aroma off the wrapper is sweet and earthy with the aroma on the foot is more earthy with a hint of wood. After a snip of my cutter and the cigar is opened up the draw is free flowing hint and toasty wood flavor.
Within the first inch of the cigar I have picked up notes of wood along with faint hints of a sweet spice but the main flavor seems to be a rich earthiness. The ash olds on for long time and puts off a thick white smoke that just sits in the air.
The burn hasn’t needed any touch ups and is burning cool. The earthy and wood flavors seem to still be the focus of the cigar but have become a lot bolder here in the second third. The ash held on and had to be knocked off before it fell on my lap.
The wood and earth flavor have not faded but are met with a slight pepper here in the last inch and have blended very well together. The burn stayed good all the way down to the nub and stayed cool to the touch. Even down to the end the cigar produced enormous amounts of heavy smoke.
I was a little wary getting these after a few reviews I read but I have to say I was surprised to find I enjoyed as much as I did. The flavors blended well together and the construction was flawless on each of the ones I smoked for this review. I might have to go and pick a few more up.
Keep em burnin’