CAO L’Anniversaire 1968-1998 Cameroon Belicoso Cigar Review
This is the torpedo vitola and I have smoked the robusto vitola in the past. I gave that cigar 90 points, here’s what I had to say about it:
Lots of smoke and an excellent draw. There is spice, which tastes like red pepper flakes, and the flavors are crisp – not muddied down at all. The flavors just explode on the tongue. It is medium bodied.
That was one of those I smoked a while ago so my notes were a little sparse. Here’s my review of this cigar that I thought was even better.
Milky brown wrapper. Good amount of oil with a box press, which I have grown to really appreciate. Perfectly good construction, no problems with it. Drinking Makers Mark with some water.
Ring Gauge: 54
Peppery and leathery. It has a perfect draw. Warm, moist smoke. Medium-full bodied with a bias towards being more full bodied.
Slightly salty undertones. There is also this molasses-like sweetness to it. Very complex array of flavors.
Inch in now. The molasses sweetness, which is very rich and deep and is actually quite good is the main flavor now. Next is spice with a small side of saltiness. Still a very most cigar and the saltiness isn’t anywhere near the point of being a nuisance.
A third of the way through and the saltiness is gone. It’s a net plus that that flavor has left but it wasn’t too much of a problem since all the other flavors are great. The burn is fairly even, haven’t had to touch it up.
Nearing the end now. I love this deep, molasses sweetness because there’s also some peppery flavors remaining. It really is an enjoyable cigar. The complex flavor profile stays for nearly the whole length of the cigar.
Blank Mind Blog gave the toro vitola a 9.3/10 saying “From the initial light up the C.A.O L‘Anniversaire 1968-1998 Cameroon Toro teased my palate with a toast and straw base and slowly built up a caramel sweetness. I noticed that the caramel revealed itself when I rested the smoke for more than a minute or two. The sweetness would last for several draws before crossing back over to the toast and straw flavor.”