This cigar was part of a contest on the Dutch cigar website Sigarenliefhebber, and part of the contest is to write a review, so here it is. Good to know one forehand that I’m not the biggest fan of Brazilian tobacco, although used in the right way it can work in a cigar, and I found CAO one of those brands that seems to have a talent for making cigars I don’t like, but plenty of people do so why should they care about my opinion?
The first thing I notice is the size, a nub size and as a fan of the classic sizes this doesn’t attract me at all. Anything over ring 54 is a waste of good tobacco in my opinion. This cigar contains Nicaraguan filler and a Brazilian wrapper. The looks are okay, the cigar feels tight and the predraw gives quite some resistance. I taste pepper and smell a nice earthy aroma.
I taste coffee, not surprisingly with some sweetness as sweetness is the characteristic of Brazilian tobacco. It’s not unpleasant, but there’s no development in the first centimeter, after that the sweetness slowly gains strength.
After a third I still taste the sweetness with a little bit of coffee and some pepper. The sweetness is overpowering with white pepper on the background. The coffee is only noticeable in the aftertaste. After two thirds the cigar gets more character with more pepper and even some wood at the end.
During the hour and twenty minutes that I smoked this cigar I found that the draw was good but the smoke was thin. The white ash is dense and firm. I can’t complain about the burn.
Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe in a smaller ring gauge, this jawbreaker has no dynamics at all.
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7