Cigar: CAO Gold
Perfect Pair: Corona with Lime
Time of Day: Afternoon
Construction: I can’t complain about the construction. Typical of CAO, they’ve produced a fine cigar with an easy draw and even burn throughout the cigar. It clipped easily and the caps kept it in great shape throughout the smoke. The ash held very well throughout the cigar, and I’m not a particularly good smoker when it comes to big ashes. I like the nice, tight, round ashes (no innuendo).
Taste: The taste was subtle but consistent. It had a subtle hint of caramel and a good, strong note of cedar throughout the cigar. However, the cedar and a slight caramel taste aren’t as much flavor as I’m looking for in a cigar, which is why I paired it with a Corona and Lime to give my palate a bit of a play date. If you’re looking for real complexity of flavor in a cigar, this ain’t it. If you’re looking for simple, smooth, creamy, easy smoke to get you through the afternoon, this one with hit the right spot.
Recommendation: If you’re a newbie, or if you’re not in the mood to have a cigar that keeps your rapt attention, the CAO Gold is a great cigar to smoke. If you’re looking for a chess match on your palate, go elsewhere.
Review courtesy of Sam MallikarjunanCigar Review: CAO Gold by David Sabot