Review: CAO America Potomac

CAO AmericaUnsure what to do with myself today I headed up to the Boogie Down Bronx to bring some cigars to my friend Alex who happens to be one of the owners of the best Italian restaurant in New York state. I feel I can say this as I’ve dined there with many people who have Italian mothers and they will tell you nobody beats mom’s cooking. Well, according to them, this is also the best Italian restaurant in New York & New Jersey.

My plan was to just drop off the cigars as I hate to eat alone. But when Alex was just sitting down to eat dinner himself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. We got into a discussion on wine and cigars among other things. I dined on Lobster Ravioli, which is made by hand with all the other pastas in his establishment. From the outside it looks like a Pizzeria, but like many cigars, you can’t judge a book by its cover. If you are in the neighborhood, I suggest you check it out. Patricia’s Pizza & Pasta located at 1080 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx NY. Ask for Alex or one of his brothers and tell them Barry from sent you over…

After dinner, I decided to head back to Brooklyn. What normally would take 20 minutes with no traffic took me a little over an hour as the skies opened up to the point where my windshield wipers could not keep up with the rain. So by the time I reached my smoking spot I was craving my cigar more so then usual. So with the beach quiet from the storms that had passed, and a few people walking by me heading to the boardwalk it was time to go through the ritual for my daily smoke…

The Skinny:

Cigar: CAO America
Origin: Honduras
Size: Potamac 5 x 56
Wrapper: Connecticut Maduro & Natural
Binder: Brazil
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy, USA

Pre-Light: The wrapper on this cigar can be a little inconsistent in the sizing of the striping in the Barber Pole. In fact I prefer to refer to this cigar as a Pinstripe cigar as it is not really true to a Barber Pole. A perfect example of the inconsistancy can be found in most boxes as the width tends to vary on the striping on each cigar. I guess it is more noticeable due to the pinstripe effect. One of the most beautiful things about this cigar is it’s band. It is very patriotic and the perfect smoke for a Independence day BBQ. The cigar was firm to the touch and was very packed with tobacco. The scent of the wrapper was that of nutmeg and coffee, while at the foot it was primarily nutmeg. I punched the cigar with a hole punch and the draw would of made Joe Cortez happy as it was fair but firm (He’s a boxing referee for those who did not know). I did not pick up any notes on the pre-light draw which shocked me and had me worried my taste buds might be off.

Smoke: As I lit my cigar it was eerily quiet out. Over head I could hear the birds wings flapping as they flew by. It was like out of a Stephen King novel. All that was missing was a fog rolling in off the water. During the first 1/3 of the cigar there were notes of nutmeg. The ash was very white, and tight and did not fall off til the half way point of the cigar. As I began the 2/3 of the cigar I picked up some apple notes that lasted for a while, almost til the final third when it was replaced with notes of leather and just before I put it down the nutmeg returned with some coffee notes as well.

Overall: The CAO America is my favorite line in the CAO brand. Despite being labeled as a full bodied smoke the Potomac was a medium bodied smoke with notes of nutmeg, apple, coffee and leather. I eagerly await smoking the box press CAO America that came with the Four for the 4th gift box.

My Local Price: 8.75
Rating: 89 (Out of 100)

Making An America Cigar

Ed. Note: I did not realize that the president of CAO referred to it as a pinstripe until after I posted the review and actually watched the youtube video.