Cigar: CAO America Potomac
Ring Gauge: 56
Country Manufactured: Nicaragua
Pre-Light & Construction
Released in 2007, the America is a fantastic looking cigar with a barber-pole style wrapper. The Connecticut broadleaf and shade grown wrappers are applied expertly, and the patriotic band is an eye catcher. The leaf used for the wrapper is slightly toothy but largely devoid of veins and bumps. I was surprised by how solid the cigar felt, being firm from head to foot and heavy in hand. The prelight aroma smelled of well-aged tobacco, and the cold draw had both a grassy and peppery taste to it.
Light & Burn
Using a Palio, I carefully clipped the head, leaving no damage or splits. The light took a minute, which was expected considering the ring gauge. The burn started off straight and remained that way until the nub. Each draw was perfect, being both firm and easy enough to allow a mouthful of creamy, white smoke. The ash was somewhat flakey, the only drawback to an otherwise perfectly constructed cigar.
This cigar opened with a creamy, nutty flavor with a white pepper finish. Almost immediately, it transitioned into an earthy, cocoa-like core, although the cream and pepper remained present in varying degrees. I noted that the flavors were very well-balanced and smooth with a medium-body. Toward the nub, a slight grassiness entered the mix.
This medium-bodied treat is a nice change of pace cigar, one with some very unique flavors and a nice complexity. The construction, with the exception of the flaky ash, was perfect. This cigar would also make a great gift considering the presentation.Cigar Review: CAO America Potomac by David Sabot