Stick MSRP $6.80
Five Pack Per Stick Price $3.90
Box Price Per Stick $3.60
Sample from Cigar Harvest
Origin: Danli, Honduras
Size Name: Gol! (Robusto)
Ring Gauge: 56
Strength: Medium – Medium Full
I am no stranger to CAO products and, as the old adage goes, opinions vary from person to person on their products “in General”. Some of my favorites that come to mind are the Flathead Spark Plug, Cameroon, and the HTF Amazon Basin. (a must try IMO) I have smoked the box press Anniversary version of the CAO Brazil but this stick is a first for me. Let’s check it out.
The wrapper is very dark and oily, with a firm texture. The wrapper was relatively smooth. There were only a few veins that ran the length of the cigar. Overall construction looked spot-on. The cigar was a great size for me, not to large of a ring gauge and not too long. I find Churchills to be a definite commitment of an hour and a half to two hours of smoking.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma
Pre-light draw produced some hints of spice and chocolate, a little bit of aged wood. Lighting this cigar was effortless and produced lots of flavorful smoke. The draw was darn near perfect. I was getting hints of bitter chocolate on the initial puff which meshed well with the initial medium body of this particular stick. The smoke was very rich, creamy and light on the pallet. After a few puffs the chocolate flavor disappeared and the rich Maduro wrapper really started to become the dominant flavor. The burn was razor sharp and with a firm light grey ash. The resting smoke was about average and the burn was nice and slow.
Drinking an iced coffee with this one and as I got a bit further into the stick I was hit with a barrage of flavors. I was getting a nutty flavor, as well as pepper, bitter chocolate, and a sort of woodsy flavor. The burn really impressed me. It didn’t need any touchups at all. Even though the flavors seemed to come and go quickly this effect really added to the complexity of the stick and made for a great smoke.
Nearing the end of cigar it was leaning slightly into the full bodied arena. The variety of flavors and this stick producing lots of rich and creamy smoke made me want to pick up at least a fiver. Even with the fuller flavor the finish it was easy on the pallet and made for an enjoyable experience. I would even consider a box purchase and, at this price point, use it as my “house” stick or even one to into my rotation. I really enjoyed this stick…I would almost dare to say it surprised me just how good it was. As always stay smokey and ash on!