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

CAO “The Sopranos” Edition Associate

Dark and very, very oily cigar. Looks absolutely great. This was the second cigar I started New Years Eve night and I finished it in 2009.

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


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:

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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

Partagas Black Label Piramide – Cigar Review

As luck would have it, just a couple of days ago I saw a great review of one of these cigars (it was the Classico, 5.25″X54) over at the Stogie Review. The reviewer, Jerry (follow him on Twitter @jcruz), had smoked one of these a while ago and thought it was a great cigar. Then he smoked it again within the last week and basically said that while it was a good cigar it was no longer a must have favorite.

So, what do I think? Here’s my review.

A very oily cigar, almost jet black. While there are a couple of raised veins I am not overly apprehensive about this cigar because the whole look of it is just amazing. It should be a very good cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 60
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dom Rep, Nicarauga
Price: $7.50

Black Light!

Right from the beginning this is a full bodied monster of a cigar. There is spice (especially through the nose), just a hint of sweetness, coffee and chocolate. It’s been a while since I smoked a cigar that is so well balanced and offers a good amount of punch.

Even though the draw is slightly tight it is still fine. Although, with a bigger cigar you would think that the draw would be better – minor complaint though. I’m loving this mix of flavors and it doesn’t seem like these flavors are going away anytime soon.

I am smoking this cigar, which was last night, while watching the last season of 24, which appeared two years ago (damn that writer’s strike!) and I can’t think of a better accompaniment to Jack Bauer ripping a man’s jugular out with his mouth then this cigar. I’m guessing that this cigar is in Jack’s humidor.

Little over halfway through now and this is a great cigar, there is just no denying it. There is a lot of nuance to these flavors and they are truly amazing flavors as well. I absolutely love this cigar.

It even burns evenly! I am nearing the end of this stick and all is well. There is no way that this is the best cigar I have ever smoked but it is right up there with them and I will definitely buy this one again.

93 points

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Torpedo – Cigar Review

Cigar Stats
Length: 6.25″
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Brazil, Dom. Rep., Nicaragua
Approximate Price: $7.70

Dark and oily cigar. The construction looks perfect but the appearance is another matter. There’s a couple of raised veins and it looks almost like there are creases in the cigar. Hopefully it doesn’t affect the performance of the cigar.

Thanksgiving Fire!

Yes, this is the cigar I decided to smoke on Thanksgiving. It better be good!

Absolutely effortless draw; just perfect. There’s also a good amount of spice. Full bodied cigar. The other flavors I am getting are a slight toasty flavor and there is this very subtle sweetness that I get only when I blow smoke out of my nose. Some earthiness to this cigar as well.