CAO Italia Novella Cigar Review

Recently I smoked a couple of these cigars. The first one was unsmokable. Fortunately, the second was much better. Here is my review for the CAO Italia that was smokable.

Oddly, the only Italian tobacco is in the filler. But that can mean there is more Italian tobacco, by volume, than any other tobacco. But I digress. Very oily with a dark wrapper. No imperfections on it and it just looks like it is going to be a good cigar. I’m drinking Wild Turkey with a Cherry Coke for this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Corona Extra
Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Hon
Filler: Italy, Nicaragua, Peru
Price: $4.85

Don Corleone Light!

Night and day when you compare this version to the unsmokable one. This one is absolutely great. Full bodied. Spice and meaty flavors. Dark chocolate notes as well.

Not burning evenly but the draw is absolutely perfect. My biggest problem with this cigar is that it is burning too quickly!

The spice has left about halfway through, which is a shame because I liked it. The dark, even chalky, chocolate flavor is now the secondary flavor. The main flavor tastes a lot like white wine. Even though I’m not a big wine lover, to say the least, I do like the white wine flavor here.

Three quarters of the way through and the white wine and chocolate flavors are still readily apparent on my palette. Some spice notes are trying to creep back in when I retrohale this cigar. Still a very full bodied smoke.

Really enjoyed this cigar. I wasn’t expecting much from it after the first one had a horrible draw. So I was pleasantly surprised.

91 points

Padron 4000 (Natural) Cigar Review

The Padron 1964 Anniversary is my favorite cigar to date so I must admit that I do have high hopes for this cigar. No, I do not think it’s going to even come close to the 1964 Anni but I do expect great things from this one. But the presentation of this cigar has me a little worried. This cigar is very bumpy with some raised veins. There is also this small stretch mark near the foot. Very little amount of oils. Drinking Wild Turkey and a Cherry Coke.

Cigar Stats
Length: 6 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nic
Filler: Nic
Price: $7.00

Ball of Fire!

Leather and spice and everything nice. Perfect draw. More spice than leather, I have to say. Not burning evenly though. Wow, very spicy cigar and, as you may know, I really do like spicy cigars.

There’s also a steak flavor with this cigar. Meaty and slightly salty. Juicy even. Not a sweet cigar at all. Not as good as the 1964 but it is still a very good cigar. The burn isn’t even after 1 1/2″ but it isn’t too bad either.

Halfway through the cigar now. Had to correct the burn a little bit. That spicy flavor is almost gone now and I am a little disappointed about that. The meaty taste is what is strong now. Full bodied. The saltiness is even more pronounced at this point, which I am not ecstatic about. It’s not a big negative but it is a minor annoyance that the salt is coming through stronger.

Three quarters of the way through and the saltiness has, thankfully, vanished leaving the meaty flavor to take over. It’s a great cigar and I will definitely be smoking more of these in the future.

90 points

Man O’ War Torpedo – Cigar Review

Travis smoked a Man O’ War for the first time. Right off the bat it looks like it should be a great cigar. The band has a menacing Spartan-looking mask with two short swords. It is a maduro figurado and has been touted as being very strong. But is it?

It is a decent cigar but has some problems with it. While it is an interesting smoke right now it should probably be left in the humidor for a little while so that the flavors can better mesh with each other. As it stands right now this cigar isn’t a great cigar (90-95 points) but it is a good cigar with some upside.