Vitola: Potomac 5 x 56
Wrapper: Double Connecticut
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy
Box Price: $121.50 (Box of 20) Buy it now.
Description: The CAO America was added to the CAO stable of cigars this year at the RTDA/IPCPR Trade Show. Like most CAO cigars, it is a good looking cigar that is well constructed but unlike the others, the America has dual wrappers that gives the stick a beautiful pin stripe effect. I had a few at the show but my taste buds were so burned out by the time I tried them I couldn’t tell much about it in terms of flavor. The cigar is firm, but I did find the draw a touch easy.Lighting up and taking a few puffs I was immediately hit with leather flavor and some nuttiness. These flavors pretty much stayed consistent throughout the first half with some coffee added to the mix. At mid point, while the leather stayed dominant, the nuttiness faded to the back and allowed the coffee note to come to the front. The America stayed predominately this was for the remainder of the cigar.
I had to touch up the burn a couple times in the first half, but found for the last half, the burn stayed nice and even. While this smoke is labeled as being full bodied on CAO’s website, I don’t consider it to be more than medium myself.
Verdict: The America is a nice cigar with a smooth, leathery smoke, but it wasn’t the full bodied cigar that CAO says it is on their site. I would recommend anyone try it at least once. From what I’ve seen, it’s a ‘love it, or hate it’ kind of stick.
Similar Cigars: CAO’s Brazilia (one of America’s ‘sister’ cigars) is a bit spicier, and I prefer it to the America. A few other similar, medium bodied cigars would be the Sabor Cubano or the Palmas Puro Maduro.
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