C.A.O. Italia gondola

This ring 54 6 inch torpedo with Italian grown filler and a nice dark silky wrapper looks classy, smells classy, and has a great construction and a nice azzuri cigar band.
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What I taste is a bit salty wood and tobacco but the salty flavor disappears and the cigar gets a bit sweet, sweet cedar. After about 2 inch the sweetness disappears too and it’s just one flavor: cedar. Halfway there is a period where the cigar is a bit bitter and when that disappears it is the wood again.
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The rum that I drank brings out the sweetness of the cigar. The smoke is ok but it could be a little more. The ash is firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, like all C.A.O. cigars I tried so far, once but never again.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Categories: C.A.O. Fabricos de Tabacos Nicaragua, CAO, Honduran cigars | Tags: , ,

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