CAO Gold Corona Cigar Review

My last review was of one of these a couple of weeks ago and I gave it 87 points. This one was a little better but there’s just something I’m not getting from this cigar. Even though it has all the right things going for it there is no way this will ever be a favorite cigar for me. Here’s my review:

This cigar looks pretty good save for one white vein that runs from the cap to the foot. Light sheen of oils – good. Very good construction overall.

Cigar Stats
Corona
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 42
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $4.50

Second Light!

The draw is substantially more open with this one compared to the one I gave 87 points to. It makes a big difference. Even though it is a mild cigar there are a good amount of flavors. But there’s just something wrong about them – they seem faded.

Oak and vanilla are the major flavors. The smoke is creamy and it is burning well. But, like with the other one, it’s not a great cigar. It’s still somewhat boring to me. I do think that other people would like this cigar.

I also get some floral flavors as the cigar starts winding down. There was not one glaring negative I could point to about this cigar. And yet, I am not impressed. Maybe it was due to the fact that it is a mild cigar (that definitely does play a big part). Whatever the case may be it is still a very good cigar… technically. It’s technically a great cigar but it’s not my cup of tea. It could very well be what others like and that is what bumped this cigar up two points.

89 points

CAO America Monument Cigar Review

I smoked one of these around Christmas-time and I thought it was a wonderful cigar. It was very peppery and had loads of flavor that I loved. I gave it 93 points, which is a score I don’t frequently give. I even said this:

    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.

Wow! That’s high praise. Does it still deserve it? Here’s my new review on the CAO America Monument:

It is a very beautiful cigar. Smoking it on Inauguration Day, 2009 in honor of America, George W. Bush and the new president, Barack Obama. This cigar has a wonderfully constructed barber poll wrapper (one darker and one lighter wrapper) and there are some oils on the wrapper. Perfect construction. I’m drinking Wild Turkey Single Barrel and a Cherry Coke.

Cigar Stats
Torpedo
Length: 6 1/4″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Brazil
Filler: Dom. Rep., Italy, Nicaragua, USA/Connecticut
Cost: $8.00

American Flame!