Todays cigar is a special one which I picked up from Famous Cigars, the CAO Perfecto America from the 4th of July special addition box set. This is a cool looking cigar and is a complete reverse of the usual CAO America cigars. I would like to give my good friend Barry “Kudos” because I learned of this special addition set from his web site (Thanks Barry!) So without further delay, lets get into this gem!
CIGAR MAKE UP:
WRAPPER: Dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and lighter Connecticut Shade Capa.
BINDER & FILLER: Ligero tobaccos from Nicaragua, Italy, U.S.A., and the Dominican Republic bound in a zesty Brazilian.
Length/Ring: 60 X 6
Strength: Medium to Full
My Observations: This is an awesome looking cigar that commands attention. The roller took his or her time with this one and it was highly noticeable when I inspected it. I really have to say that I am deeply impressed and can’t wait to fire up this baby. The veins are small and really unnoticeable and I found no soft spots on the finger touch inspection. I really must say that I am still in awe with the reverse wrap from the original CAO America! Great market scheme CAO!
Cigar Label: The label is just like the original CAO America which is red white and blue which to any United States Citizen, is awesome site!
Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: The snip phase was a pleasant experience with the use of my Xzkar scissors. The pre-draw was a bit tight which I was a bit concerned about. On the dry draw, which again was tight, I detected that leathery taste which I have come to know from smoking the CAO America line. The toasting phase was a bit rough again because of the tight draw but after a few puffs with the aid of my single burner lighter, it was finally lit.
Flavors: The cigar started off with heavy hints of leather and then some peppery flavors. As I made my way through this cigar, I detected some small hints of chocolate but again the cigar mainly focuses on rich leather. I have to say that this cigar is a lot stronger than the other CAO America cigars I have smoked in the past and to be truthful I grew tired of it quickly due to the same flavors without much change.
Draw and burn line: Point blank, the draw was not up to par which I believe affected my cigar smoking experience! As for burn issues, the cigar had didn’t really have burn issues and pretty much stayed consistent throughout the smoke. The only complaint I had was I had to relight it a couple of times which is aggravating to say the least.
Price? The set is retailed at $29.99 at Famous Cigars
Drink of choice? Hot Tea.
Smoke Time? Two hours
Liked it? Up in the Air right now.
Recommend it? Not yet, I want to see if housing it for a few months will bring out any new flavors. I will revisit it in six months to let you know.
Hint? If you love leathery flavors pull the trigger on this one!
Until Next Time