CAO L’Anniversaire Maduro Belicoso Cigar Review

Even though I live in Southern California it does get cold here. That means my habits have to change, especially my cigar smoking habits. No longer can I relax outside at the end of another day and enjoy a nice cigar. Now I’m forced to go outside in the afternoon. Even still, it is getting colder and making it harder to enjoy cigars. Fortunately, I think I could have smoked this cigar in freezing weather and still enjoyed it. Onto the review.

Ugly! Wrapper is missing a chunk at the foot with another tare 3/4 of an inch from the foot. It is also spotted with flecks of white. There are a couple of raised veins and there is little oil on this wrapper. All I am accompanying this cigar with is water.

Cigar Stats
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Dom Rep, Nicaragua
Price: $8.00

Full Flame!

Luckily, it tastes a lot better than it looks. Perfect draw. Bold spice at the beginning. Notes of chocolate and coffee back it up. This one produces a lot of smoke.

About an inch in and I can say that this is a full bodied cigar. The spice is gone but in its place there is a strong earthy flavor. The chocolate and coffee remain but they are less noticeable now.

There is also a distinct sweetness to this cigar but, unlike with the Bolivar from yesterday, this is a welcomed sweetness. It just tastes more natural, if you know what I mean.

Complex cigar. It’s at the lower end of full bodied at this point but still in the full bodied camp halfway through. The earthy flavors have become even a more central focus for this cigar pushing the chocolate, coffee and sweetness further into the background.

Now that I am nearing the end the chocolate flavor is taking over. One of the more complex cigars I have ever had the privilege of smoking. It even burns evenly. This is just a pure joy to smoke even when you consider the shoddy appearance of this cigar.

93 points

Published by Travis Lindsay

I am a guy who smokes cigars.

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  1. I wonder if I smoked this cigar again would I be inclined to give it such a high score? There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a good cigar – maybe I just happened to get one of the top 1% of this cigar type – but 93 points is pretty high up there. Even though there are none in my humidor right now it might be a good idea to get another couple of these just to make sure.

    1. I just smoked one of these tonite. While I thought it was a great smoke, i think a 93 is too high for this one. I had an RyJ Reserve Maduro the other night that i enjoyed more. I too am forced to changing my smoking habits as I live just outside of Buffalo and nights are getting chilly, 45-58 degrees…..luckily I can smoke in the hot tub 🙂

      1. It may be one or two points too high, but not any more than that. It's one of those cigars that I loved smoking because it had a lot of flavors that I really like.

        But you know what, I'll take a look at and do a review for a RJ Res Mad. It does cost less than the CAO Anni Mad.

        Sorry to hear it's getting that cold in Buffalo. In SoCal it's still getting into the high 80s during the day.

        Thanks for leaving a message.

        1. discovered this cigar in Lexington, KY and am impressed with both the cigar and the review…

          very very nice smoke, if you like full flavor… (and I do)