Cigar Review: CAO Colombia

Basic Information:

Name – CAO Colombia

Size – Robosto

Wrapper – Jamastran

Tobacco Blend – Cameroon, Brazilian, Colombian

Pricing – $4.32 ea.

Body – Mild to Medium

Construction/Appearance:

The band represents the Columbian flag of yellow, red and blue colors with a hint of gold accents. The cigar is a light coffee bean brown with some seams visible, minimal veins and double capped.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Sweet cedar and slightly floral.

Type of Cut – Straight cut

Cold Draw – Cedar and sweetness.

After Toast:

First Third – Upon the toast, an immediate flavor of toasted nuts, vanilla and light florals come to fruition. Some spices begin to kick up slightly at the mid-way point of this third. Nice and mellow with a unique saltiness to the finish. The burn is pristine and the ash is snow white and solid.

Second Third – The salt flavor picks up a bit along with a wheat/grain to begin this third. The vanilla and light florals are still present. Mid way through this third, the baking spices become more prevalent. Burn is pristine and the ash is still holding on past the 2.5-inch mark.

Final Third – The toasted nuts and wheat flavors blend together mixed with the subtle spice that has toned down a bit towards the finish. The finish is still salty on the palate mixed with some bitters. Burn remained pristine and the ash fell off finally a little past the 3-inch mark.

Suggested Pairing:

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc

Light Coffee

Knob Creek Bourbon

Overall Experience:

The CAO Colombia is another gem by CAO Cigars. It is a pleasant and mild cigar that would be great for both a beginner and aficionado. It is not a very complex, but the flavors are extremely consistent and not overpowering. I find this type of cigar best for the morning with a cup of coffee watching the sunrise.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 88 points

About CAO Cigars: http://www.caocigars.com/