CAO “The Sopranos” Edition Associate Cigar Review

From CAO: “Dark, compelling and rich with character, this smokin’ hot escape is riddled with decadence and forcefully pleases the palate with notes of straight coffee beans, cocoa and a smattering of black cherry. Tread lightly and enjoy the badness. Capiche?” They peg it as a full bodied smoke.

In the past I gave this cigar 90 points. Here’s what I thought about this one.

Perfectly constructed wrapper save for one minor bulge. Wrapper does feel a bit dry. Drinking Cherry Coke and water.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Columbia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Price: $10.50

Mafia Light!

Good draw with deep flavors. Chocolate flavors. Earthy as well. There is a slight bitterness to it. Tastes like cocoa. Not burning evenly.

Cigar is making me thirsty. I really do like these flavors. The draw is not as good as I would like but it’s not a major distraction. With a slight pull I am getting enough smoke. There is also this licorice-like flavor.

To fully appreciate the nuanced flavors of this cigar you will need to retrohale it. If you just get the smoke in your mouth you will miss most of he great flavors. So blow the smoke out of your nose and you will get those flavors loud and clear.

For example, if you don’t retrohale you will probably miss the chocolate notes. You need to retrohale this cigar!

Full bodied. The main flavor I get is chocolate throughout. The burn is uneven throughout though. But there are no bad notes to report.

91 points

Other takes:

Cigar Advisor liked it even though the wrapper came “unhinged.”

In the Humidor found caramel notes and also liked it.

World of Cigars thought it was a medium bodied cigar, gave it 89 points and didn’t really think it lived up to its mafia namesake.

Published by Travis Lindsay

I am a guy who smokes cigars.

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  1. Chief,

    DANG! I don’t blame you. At $26/cigar that’s a lot of money. They are good cigars but not that good. For that type of money you could get Opus Xs or something of that caliber.

    They would be good conversation pieces though. 😉

  2. I like these, but don’t smoke them that frequently.

    Almost picked up the 5 count LE sampler today. Has one shaped like a bullet, two bats and two bottles of Dom Perignon shaped cigars.

    Couldn’t pull the trigger @ $130 for 5 cigars I would probably never smoke.