CAO “The Sopranos” Edition Associate Cigar Review

March 19, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

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
Robusto
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.

CAO “The Sopranos” Edition Associate

January 3, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

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

NEW YEARS FLAME! part 2

This cigar just isn’t doing it for me at the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good cigar but there is just something missing from it. Maybe things will change the longer I smoke it.

It has a great draw and burn; most CAO cigars do. It’s just that when I saw “Soprano” on the band I thought this was going to be a ball buster of a cigar, that my head was going to be spinning after all was said and done. In all actuality this is a very refined cigar.

The dominant note for this cigar is earth; almost a musty earthiness. There also seems to be some kind of pistachio note as well.

This is a perfect cigar to unwind with. Granted, it is full bodied but the flavor profile is more laid back. Smoke it at the Bada Bing after a long day of living da life… or something like that.

Upon reflection, this might be a great cigar. Flavors stayed true the whole way through and even got better as time went on. Not a very complex cigar but it’s great for what it is.

90 points