Personal Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Firewalker

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Cigar Details: CAO Arcana Firewalker

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: American Caribbean
  • Blender: Rick Rodriguez
  • Price: $11.99
  • Release Date: February 2022
  • Source: CAO

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the CAO Arcana Firewalker is medium brown and has a network of variably raised veins and a fine grit sandpaper feel. The seams are decently raised and the single cap is finished with a twist and small flag. The band, which is over 3 inches long, is black and red and denotes the brand, line and sub line. The aroma from the wrapper is dry earth and hay while the foot brings white bread, cedar and mild pepper. The pre-light draw brings an airy, dry cedar along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted cedar and baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper and a light, dry earth joins the profile. At an inch in, the black pepper is showing a very long finish. The retrohale is toasted oak, dry earth and mild black pepper zing. At an inch and three quarters, the mustiness is now paired up with the toasted cedar. As the third wraps up, a light pine note joins the profile. The strength in this third was right at medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the profile is musty, toasted cedar and dry earth up front with black pepper a bit behind and a light pine note in the background. At a half inch in, the pine note is gone and the black pepper has mellowed a bit. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a quarter in, the black pepper is now very mild. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted cedar and dry earth up front with mild black pepper in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toast level increases. At a quarter inch in, the cigar warms up a bit and a light vegetal note joins, bringing with it some bitterness. At an inch in, the vegetal note has increased in fullness. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar, dry earth and the vegetal note. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is musty, heavily toasted cedar and dry earth up front with the vegetal note a bit behind and light pepper and bitterness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium-full.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout and required one touch-up to keep everything burning in unison. The ash held on through each third.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but seemed a bit more pronounced due to the large ring gauge.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted cedar and baking spice. The baking spice transitioned to black pepper a bit later and some dry earth and mustiness joined in. A light pine note joined at the end of the third. The second third saw the pine note drop out. The final third saw a vegetal note along with some bitterness join in. The CAO Arcana Firewalker was fairly mundane throughout. It was a basic flavor profile with not much transitioning and was just boring. The strength did build up as the cigar went along and finished at medium-full. I don’t see myself coming back to this cigar.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$2.22

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
GoodBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Firewalker
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Firewalker

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