CAO Honor – Cigar Review

CAO Honor

This is a cigar review of a CAO Honor by CAO Cigars. The size chosen for this review is the Monument, which is their name for Torpedo at 6.25 x 54. This cigar is composed of a thin barber pole wrapper of Connecticut Broadleaf and Connecticut Shade. This cigars binder is from Brazil and has a mix of fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy and the USA! These retail for around $99.00 per box or $5.00 per stick and are only found at Cigars International.

This CAO Honor was designed to support the military, police and first responders, which CAO is making a $15,000 donation to Hopes for Heroes. “Hope For Heroes combines a deep love and passion for outdoor activity with emotional support and spiritual healing for first responders who’ve experienced life-altering disabilities while in the line of duty.”


This CAO Honor has a nice milk chocolate wrapper with a thin walnut shade color barber poling straight through the smoke. As with any barber pole the seams are evident and there are some decent sized veins.


Aromas of cedar, hay, and barnyard fill the nasal passages on the pre-light sniff test. The cut chosen for this review is the Palio straight cut. The cold draw produces notes of smoked cedar.

After Toast:

First Third – This cigar starts off with a floral note followed by a creamy vanilla spice and finished with a nice cashew like nut note. Some light leather notes come into the fray about 20 minutes in. This is a medium bodied smoke; the burn is slightly wavy, and ash holds through the third.

Second Third – The floral notes continue into this third followed by the creamy vanilla spice and a salted nut like note. An oak like component shows itself in this third as well. The body turns medium plus, burn corrects to sharp and ash falls at the beginning of this third.

Final Third – The creamy vanilla like note followed by the floral that get lighter start this final third off. The oak like component becomes a dominant player here near the finish. The body remains a little more to the fuller side of medium plus here and burn remains sharp.

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Johnny Walker White Walker

Bourbon – Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Woodford Reserve

Overall Experience:

This CAO Honor has an impressive depth in the flavor profile that gives it a nice complexity level. Loads of flavors that just keep pounding the palate throughout the entire experience. Between the floral, vanilla, spice, oak and medium plus body it really lends to the cigar aficionados palate and not so much for the beginner. I always liked the CAO America and now this spin-off is absolutely fantastic and also has philanthropic implications. I would recommend picking one of these up at Cigars International while they are stocked!

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