CAO America Monument (Torpedo) – Cigar Review

This was a cigar I smoked on Christmas Eve and it also helped me win some free cigars from CAO (thanks @caocigars!). All I had to do was take a picture while holding a CAO cigar and I just happened to pick this wonderful stick. Here’s the picture:

Here I am wearing a Santa hat with a white beard for a chance to win a cigar sampler from CAO. I actually won it!
Here I am wearing a Santa hat with a white beard for a chance to win a cigar sampler from CAO. I actually won it!

Now onto the cigar review.

As you can see from the picture it is a barber poll type of cigar with one darker wrapper and one lighter one. There is some oil on this cigar and the construction looks perfect, which is impressive considering the fact that it must have been difficult rolling this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 6 1/4″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Brazil
Filler: Dom. Rep., Italy, Nicaragua, USA/Connecticut
Cost: $8.00

Santa Light!

Red cracked pepper flavors at the beginning. It’s medium-full bodied at first but I think that might change as the cigar gets further along. The draw is slightly tight now but nothing to complain about since all the flavors are still coming through, which, in addition to the fiery red cracked pepper, there is a very strong leather flavor as well.

As I smoke this cigar further the peppery notes get slightly milder. Well, I guess that’s not totally true because when you blow the smoke through your nose it is still very strong. I am loving this cigar! And it has a strong ash and is burning well. Amazing.

The flavor profile slightly morphs halfway through with a slight chocolate flavor coming through. Even if I try to find faults with this cigar I can’t. I’m not saying it’s the best cigar ever because it isn’t. I will have to smoke more of them to get a better feel of how good this line really is.

As the cigar continues to progress it is getting stronger. Definitely full bodied at this point, which is a little over halfway through. And it’s a complex cigar.

This cigar epitomizes America. It has brash flavors and a punch to it that almost no other cigar I have ever tried has. I will definitely be smoking another one of these in the future.

93 points

Published by Travis Lindsay

I am a guy who smokes cigars.

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