Construction of the CAO Sopranos:
The CAO Sopranos Boss is a large, beefy stick with a bold red band. The Brazilian Maduro wrapper leaf is dark and oily with minimal veins. The length of the stick is plump and well-filled with no soft spots. The tapered cap is nicely mounted and cuts cleanly with my stainless steel guillotine.
Flavor & Cold Draw:
The wrapper gives off gentle aromas of earth and woods while the foot lends a nice sweet spice to the mix. The cold draw is clear and easy with delicate flavors of toast, wood, and pepper with a slightly sweet caramel flavor on the finish. Once lit the flavor profile is consistent throughout the smoke. Chewy, meaty flavors are nicely complimented with crushed black peppercorn and cedar with a nice leathery finish.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics:
The Boss draws easily with each puff producing huge plumes of rich, flavorful smoke. The burn is slow and steady with a total smoking time of 1 hour and 23 minutes. The burn is even, producing a white flakey ash that drops hangs on for about ¾” before the first drop.
I honestly expected the CAO Sopranos to be more of a novelty, collector’s item type of stick. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a beautifully blended stick with a thick flavor profile. The only thing I didn’t like about the stick was the flakey ash which dropped on my lap more than once. Other than that little inconvenience, the CAO Sopranos is a delicious gem that everyone should try at least once.
Have you smoked the CAO Sopranos? What did you think? Leave your comments below!
Size: Boss (7.0” x 56)
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Filler Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Columbian
Strength: Medium to Full