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I was lucky enough to get one of the free CX2 cigars and hat that CAO was giving away awhile back. I let the smoke rest for a week or so, but, finally, I couldn’t stand it and fired it up last Sunday. It was the robusto, a size that I am partial to.
The pre-light sniff told me of good things to come and, after I had it lit, I was nearly overwhelmed by the aromas! I don’t yet have the words to describe the complex and wonderful smell of this cigar! The smoke was rich and plenty of it! It was one of the most flavorful cigars that I have smoked in a long time. The smoke was almost “chewy” and the flavors became much deeper and richer toward the middle and end of the smoke. I was reminded, at one point, of a flavor that I read in a review of some other cigar in CA magazine….this particular quality has taken a lot of abuse on some forums, and as much as I hestitate to use this term, trust me, it fits the smoke from this cigar….here we go… It reminded me of “cookie dough” I swear….call me what you will….that is a perfect description of the smoke near the end. I am going to see if I can get the “dough” to keep a couple of these on hand, but they are a bit pricey. I haven’t done too many reviews, so thanks for bearing with me through this. If you get the chance to try one of these, don’t let it pass…it is a good smoke!
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I must say that I am a fan of CAO cigars. They are a bit pricey for my budget, but I generally try to keep one or two on hand.
This was the third one of these I had smoked and had been resting about a month.
This cigar is the Toro size 6 X 50. (I find myself leaning more towards this size than the Robustos lately.)
The wrapper was not as smooth as other CAO smokes but it was a nice mellow brown color and the wrap was excellent.
It started off slow with just a hint of spice but by the time I got about a third of the way into it, the spice and leather notes really came out.
The burn got a tad unruly about halfway through but it straightened itself out without any intervention on my part.
The second half of the smoke was exceptionally pleasant. The smoke was thick and creamy, and full of earthy and spice flavors…I sure wish I could sort them out, but I am getting better at this slowly but surely.
I took it down as far as I could without singeing my fingers.
Like I said before, these are a bit pricey. If not for that, I would definitely keep a box of these on hand. For now I reckon it’s samplers and fivers for me.
All in all, I highly recommend The CAO Criollo.