Rick Rodriguez

Team Cigar Review: CAO Session Garage

Team Cigar Review: CAO Session Garage

The CAO Session Garage started with a nice profile and very low strength. The retrohale is a nice bright spot for this cigar. Having smoked this blend a few times after initial release, I wasn't too high on it, but it has improved over time. I would actually recommend people giving this a try and I would smoke this on occasion as the flavor profile it provides with the low strength level does have some appeal.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Orellana

Team Cigar Review: CAO Orellana

Showing much promise within the first third, reminding me of the unique fruit sweetness of the original Amazon Basin, only to be let down for the rest of the cigar experience. Past the first third, the profile had too much repetitiveness in red pepper spice and cedar, and as a result, I found myself being bored with the CAO Orellana.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft

Team Cigar Review: CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft

The CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft is a solid additional to the lineup. With interesting flavors of cedar, baking spices, sweetness, bread, molasses, earth and cinnamon combine to satisfy the palate. I found the first and second thirds to be the most satisfying with the last third to be fairly average.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Nicaragua Granada

Team Cigar Review: CAO Nicaragua Granada

The CAO Nicaragua Granada had a pretty linear profile of wood, baking spice and mustiness. Some cream was present at times along with a bit of char to the wood. Strength was below medium the whole way. While I probably won't gravitate to this cigar again, I could see it doing very well in the market.

Cigar News: CAO Announces Limited Edition Zócalo

CAO is igniting the spirit of Mexico with a new, limited edition release that coincides with the brand’s virtual tour of the Pan American Highway. Called Zócalo, the name for a vibrant and celebratory city square in Mexico, this is first cigar in CAO’s lineup to be made with Mexican tobacco.

Cigar News: CAO Launches Virtual Pan Am Tour

In true CAO fashion, Rick’s virtual journey has an in-store component. His Pan American Tour will be mirrored by an interstate highway tour of sorts, as Rick will be visiting cigar shops across the U.S. for a deeper dive on the tobaccos that make up CAO’s unique blends. Events will take place between April and December 2018.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Amazon Anaconda

Team Cigar Review: CAO Amazon Anaconda

Now smoking the entire trilogy, I will stay say the original Amazon Basin is my favorite, but this CAO Amazon Anaconda isn't far behind. If you liked either of the two predecessors, then you'll also like this one, so it would be a no brainer to pick some up.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Fuma Em Corda Robusto

Team Cigar Review: CAO Fuma Em Corda Robusto

This cigar doesn't have the exact DNA as the Amazon Basin. It's not meant to. It has more in the sense of greater spice and earthiness that plays off the sweet raisin note very well. Fans of the Amazon Basin will be in for a treat with this cigar.

Cigar News: CAO Launches Fuma Em Corda

Cigar News: CAO Launches Fuma Em Corda

It started with Amazon Basin and the journey contines with CAO Fuma Em Corda, a new limited edition release made with the world’s most rare Brazilian tobacco.