Archive for March 26, 2012

CAO Gold Vintage

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 26, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Size: Cremant (Toro 6×52)

Pre Light

The CAO Gold Vintage has a gorgeous looking Connecticut wrapper with a sweet aroma resonating from it. The triple cap of the head was perfectly applied and the foot has that same sweet aroma I smelled off the cold wrapper. I like the red and gold band against the light wrapper. The cigar is well packed from head to foot and has a little weight to it in my hand.

1st Third

The first few puffs are met with a slight pepper and a very creamy sweetness almost like a cup of coffee with extra cream. There is a slight earthiness in the underlying flavor left on the palette. The burn is nice and cool with a slight grey ash.

2nd Third

That creamy coffee flavor in the front portion of the cigar is still there. The pepper has dialed down but has been replaced with a nut flavor that compliments the creaminess. The Gold Vintage is putting off lots of smoke but is still burning slow and cool.

Final Third

Flavors in the final portion of this CAO have stayed the same with only the pepper kicking back up once in a while just to let you know it’s still there. I didn’t need any touch ups or relights throughout the entire experience.


I really enjoyed this cigar. With the EPC New Wave and couple others that were released this year it’s nice to see some enjoyable Connecticut cigars. The flavors were nice and construction was great. Price point was around $8 which isn’t too bad. But hey this is just my opinion try them for yourselves.

Keep em burnin’



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