Name – CAO Black
Size – Toro – (Bengal)
Wrapper – Ecuador
Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua, Hondura, Mexico
Pricing – $4.25
Body – Medium
Band looks a lot like a CAO gold but it is black with red accents, white rim and gold font. The bottom is wrapped in a cedar sleeve with a black band on the foot.
The cigar is light coffee brown to tan in color. Very few veins. Visible seams and double capped.
Aroma: Scents of straight cedar and hay.
Type of Cut: V-cut
Cold Draw: The cedar is dominant with hay and grassy notes. Slight resistance on the draw.
Initial notes of light cedar and earth. Some pepper on the retro hale. Few minutes in a creamy cashew nut and vanilla with spice comes through. Really nice. Burn pristine. Ash mid gray in color and fell off around the one inch mark.
Vanilla spice and nutmeg kick off this third. Slight leather component hits about mid-way through as a secondary flavor. Still some pepper but more of a white pepper finish.
Flavors have remained pretty consistent moving back to the vanilla and spice mixed with a light nutty note. Black pepper comes back on the finish stronger like the initial portion of the cigar.
Pair with coffee, bourbons or scotches with vanilla notes to further enhance the experience.
In general, the CAO Black is not a overly complex smoke, but it’s not a simple one either. This is a good cigar for the beginner looking to take that next step without taking on something too overpowering. One of my favor everyday go to cigars I generally keep in my home humidor.
About CAO – http://caocigars.com/