CAO Italia Novella Cigar Review

February 19, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review 

Recently I smoked a couple of these cigars. The first one was unsmokable. Fortunately, the second was much better. Here is my review for the CAO Italia that was smokable.

Oddly, the only Italian tobacco is in the filler. But that can mean there is more Italian tobacco, by volume, than any other tobacco. But I digress. Very oily with a dark wrapper. No imperfections on it and it just looks like it is going to be a good cigar. I’m drinking Wild Turkey with a Cherry Coke for this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Corona Extra
Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Hon
Filler: Italy, Nicaragua, Peru
Price: $4.85

Don Corleone Light!

Night and day when you compare this version to the unsmokable one. This one is absolutely great. Full bodied. Spice and meaty flavors. Dark chocolate notes as well.

Not burning evenly but the draw is absolutely perfect. My biggest problem with this cigar is that it is burning too quickly!

The spice has left about halfway through, which is a shame because I liked it. The dark, even chalky, chocolate flavor is now the secondary flavor. The main flavor tastes a lot like white wine. Even though I’m not a big wine lover, to say the least, I do like the white wine flavor here.

Three quarters of the way through and the white wine and chocolate flavors are still readily apparent on my palate. Some spice notes are trying to creep back in when I retrohale this cigar. Still a very full bodied smoke.

Really enjoyed this cigar. I wasn’t expecting much from it after the first one had a horrible draw. So I was pleasantly surprised.

91 points

Other Reviews:

GM Warrior X’s Weblog: He found that the Novella had cedar and mildly sweet vanilla notes. There were some chocolate notes and, overall, he wasn’t that enamored with this cigar.

Stogie Review: Brian Hewitt smoked the Ciao (robusto) and he liked it. “The Italia opened up with a sweet coffee flavor that was quickly followed up by a smooth cocoa flavor with an herbal flavor that resembles thyme. The rest of the first third was a combination of chocolate, sweet cocoa and caramel.” He also got some earthy and leathery notes as well.

A Cigar Smoker’s Journal: Barry gave the Largo (toro) 90 points and got cedar, chocolate, cocoa, and other woody flavors. “The Largo is a nice version of the Italia especially if you like wood notes in your cigar. However if you are a fan of the Italia I should warn you smoking the Largo is a completely different experience.”

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