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Personal Cigar Review: CAO Zocalo Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Zocalo Robusto

Quite a linear profile of musty cedar and dry earth with the profile becoming quite dry by the midpoint. No complexities or transitions to really speak of. The snug draw was a bit of a downer, but didn't have any ill effects on the performance. The price point is quite attractive, but there's nothing here that would make me want to come back to the CAO Zocalo Robusto.

Cigar News: CAO BX3 Announced

Focusing on the primary growing regions of Northeastern Brazil, CAO BX3 is made with sweet and aromatic Mata Fina and hearty, vibrant Arapiraca tobaccos that are used as wrapper, binder, and filler in an exciting, four-country blend.

Cigar News: CAO Borealis Announced as Canadian Exclusive

Cigar News: CAO Borealis Announced as Canadian Exclusive

Wrapped in Ecuadorian Habano Viso, with a Nicaraguan binder and a filler that blends Nicaraguan tobacco with Cuban-seed Canadian leaf, CAO Borealis is a true medium-bodied cigar that’s subtle in its uniqueness and deep on intricacy. The experience brims with notes of spice, cedar, pepper, nuts, and cocoa.

Cigar News: CAO Pilón Añejo Announced

Cigar News: CAO Pilón Añejo Announced

CAO is set to launch a blend called Pilón Añejo which pairs labor-intensive fermentation and finished cigar aging to deliver a cigar of great depth and character. The limited-edition line will ship to retailers in April and a total of 5,000 boxes will be released in the US.

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Vision

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Vision

I never smoked the original so I can't say how it compares, but this CAO Vision was a fairly average experience overall. I can see it appealing to a wide range of smokers that gravitate to this basic type of profile, but I need something more to maintain my attention. With the experience I had, combined with the high price point, I don't really see myself returning to this cigar.

Cigar News: CAO 60 Torque Begins Shipping

The limited edition smoke called “Torque” will debut as the biggest in the CAO lineup. The blend is medium-full in body, and made with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos of different primings to deliver spice and dimension. With a Nicaraguan Habano binder and rich Honduran Habano wrapper, Torque delivers a big, bold smoking experience.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Bones Chicken Foot

Team Cigar Review: CAO Bones Chicken Foot

The CAO Bones Chicken Foot offered up the most interesting combination of flavors in the first third for me. The second and last thirds were consistent, but the flavors and balance didn't do enough to rise much above an average level. This cigar is a pass for me, I'd rather reach for the dynamic flavors of the Pilon or any of the Flathead series.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro

Team Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro

The CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro was a mostly wood forward cigar that tried at times to evolve beyond that base flavor note, but ultimately couldn't succeed. There is nothing wrong with the cigar, it just doesn't offer a profile that engaged my interest or attention other than a short period in the first third.

Cigar News: CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Announced

Cigar News: CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Announced

CAO is launching a new series called “Arcana” which will highlight the secrets and traditions of old-world tobacco processing methods, passed down from generation to generation to bring out the best in native tobaccos from across the globe.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Expedición TAA Exclusive 2020

Team Cigar Review: CAO Expedición TAA Exclusive 2020

The CAO Expedición TAA Exclusive 2020 showed promise in the first third, but as I progressed into the second and final third, I found the flavor profile to remain stagnant and somewhat flat. Overall, if there was more complexity and depth, and some transitioning into the second and final third, this cigar would have done well.