Team Cigar Review: CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

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Cigar Details: CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Brazilian Bragança, Colombia and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: STG Esteli
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $14.99
  • Release Date: January 2023
  • Source: CAO

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo is medium brown with some lighter marbling, some raised veins and affine grit sandpaper feel. The seams are fairly raised in some places and the caps are decently applied. The band is a few winds of twisted tobacco that the line is known for. The aroma from the wrapper is wood, earth and stewed fruit while the foot brings a concentrated stewed fruit note along with some cedar. The pre-light draw is a mix of cedar and peppery stewed fruit along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
John: The CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker and has the definitive twisted leaf stem for a band in place of the traditional paper band. I weighed the cigar at 20.0 grams on the nose and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 64.5%. Nosing the wrapper, I’m getting aromas of sweet, almost maple syrup with tobacco and some green wood in the background. Out of the foot, I can detect raisin and fermented tobacco.

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins, with rich, dark earth, toasted oak and black pepper. At a quarter inch in, a light mix of mustiness and chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale is dark earth, toasted oak and decently zingy black pepper. At an inch in, a light stewed fruit sweetness sets up shop in the background of the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak has a slight lead over the dark earth, with black pepper a bit behind, musty chalkiness a bit further behind and light stewed fruit sweetness in the background. The strength was right at medium.
John: The first third comes out of the gate with tobacco, wood and light-plus strength spices. Sweet wood develops through the post draw after a few puffs. Creamy raisin breaks into the retrohale, and sweet wood and tobacco at light-plus make up the center by this point. Chocolate comes through at the end of the draw as the first third progresses.

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth and toasted oak are now even up front and the stewed fruit sweetness has left the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a fair amount. The retrohale is now musty, toasted oak and earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is just ahead of the earth again with mustiness right behind and mild amounts of chalkiness and black pepper in the background. The strength has dropped down to slightly below medium.
John: Creamy tobacco starts the second third with some raisin like sweetness in the center. Light chocolate returns to the retrohale as the second third settles in. Some char is present at the end of the draw as the cigar goes out. That char has faded after the re-light. By the halfway point, wood is fairly strong on the finish at medium. Sweetness comes into the end of the draw combining with wood into the post draw during the bottom half.

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. Smoking through the twisted cord band brings a bit of wood bitterness to the profile. Once through the corded band, the wood bitterness departs. The retrohale remains musty, toasted oak and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper and mustiness in the middle and light chalkiness in the background. The strength bumped back up to medium.
John: Creamy raisin and tobacco are the initial flavors here with pepper and wood to team up on the finish. Mild chocolate joins the retrohale right away. The wood on the finish takes on some dryness as the last third continues. I didn’t find any other flavor changes to remark on through the remainder of the review.

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight through, even through the corded band and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
John: The burn started straight, going out in the second third which required a re-light. The cigar went out again in the second third, requiring another re-light.

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began, with rich, dark earth, toasted oak and black pepper. A light mix of mustiness and chalkiness joined in pretty quickly. Some light stewed fruit sweetness joined a bit later. The second third saw the stewed fruit sweetness depart. The final third saw the black pepper pick up and some wood bitterness joined just while smoking through the corded band and then departed. Construction was absolutely perfect. The CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo started well, with a nice combination of flavors, but as the sweetness departed in the second third, the profile became average and remained that way through to the end. I didn’t find this version of the cigar on par with the original release. It’s a step above the Fuma em Corda, but doesn’t reach the level that the original or the Anaconda achieved. I don’t see myself coming back to this cigar.
John: The CAO Amazon Basin Extra Añejo is a solid addition to the CAO Amazon Basin lineup and I think fans of the existing line will be happy with this release. Although the first third delivered the most engaging and complex flavor combinations for me, it was an enjoyable cigar overall to review. The draw had some resistance to it, and the cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights. It’s always possible that re-lights affected the overall flavor presentation, and I’d be interested in revisiting this again to see if another one performed differently. Total smoking time was a very slow 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Average
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond
Third
Average
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnAverage
AmazingDrawGood
AverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.46

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.73

Scoring System

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