CAO Gold

Vendor’s Claim:

“[A] Connecticut seed grown in Ecuadorian soil was used to encapsulate filler and binder from Nicaragua. Flawlessly constructed, this nugget of smoking pleasure delivers a smooth buttery flavor laced with vanilla, cream and nutmeg creating an escape that is nothing less than golden.”

The Stats:

Size:                       5” x 50

Style:                     Robusto

Wrapper:             Ecuador

Binder:                 Ecuador

Filler:                     Nicaragua

The Experience:

Initial Impression— It was impressed by the looks of this cigar. It came highly recommended by the tobacconist at a new store I’d found in my geographical area. It was my first time checking the place out so when one of the employees came into the humidor to inquire as to my smoking preference, he quickly showed me to this section.

Appearance— It came wrapped in cellophane with a golden brown color to its leaf. I found the leaf to be dry in nature (as in, not oily) and very smooth. I found the cigar itself to be slightly hard, but I don’t know that it’s the fault of the cigar shop, as much as my humidor may have been under humidified and the cigar itself started to dry out.

Now, I’m mortified to admit this to my readers, but I’m going to in interest of full disclosure. I had taken my lighter and cutter with me to a friend’s house earlier that week in anticipation of a Guy’s Cigar night. I knew that the other gentlemen there would be in attendance sans the appropriate cigar gear, so I brought mine along to aid. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the lighter/cutter back into my home (I left them for days in the car) and when it came time to cut my cigar….I had to use scissors. I know, pick your jaw up from the floor. Trust me, cutting a cigar with scissors is not the ideal way to cut the cap off your smoke. As you well can imagine, the end was frayed with bits of wrapper which ultimately lead to an inconvenient smoke. There’s nothing worse that having little bits of leaf tickling your lips or tongue when you’re trying to enjoy a quality smoke.

Lighting/Burning/Ash— I found that, despite my best attempt to destroy the cigar by cutting the cap with a pair of scissors, my rest of the lighting process was delightful. It had an even initial light, as well as an even initial burn. As I moved through the cigar, roughly 25 mins later, the middle was just as tasty and its ash maintained a quality solid white/black ash. The burn rate, from beginning to end, was perfect which required to re-lighting nor any canoeing of the stick.

Consistency/Draw— The draw was excellent, with no plugging nor feeling of puffing on a paper towel roll. I also appreciate that I didn’t have to constantly keep puffing on it so that it wouldn’t go out. I find that if cigars are rolled too tightly they won’t retain their burn during the resting process. It had an even burn whether resting or when puffing on it.

Maintenance/Flavor— Overall good maintenance of the cigar. Again, the only drawback is of course the fact that I mutilated the end of it causing ripped pieces of wrapper to be a nuisance to my experience.

Reflection & Rating

I found this to be a decent cigar. It wasn’t too strong but I could see how smoking it without first having enjoyed a heavy meal could lead a weak stomach (such as myself) to become nauseous. I found it to be neither too mild nor to flavorful. I probably wouldn’t recommend this cigar to a newbie. I think someone who smokes a cigar once a week for four or five months would be able to enjoy it to the same extent I did. This is not a cigar which will be placed on my “To Buy” list.

For that reason, I would rate this smoke as a B.

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