Cigar Review: CAO Gold Toro Review

CAO Gold

CAO Gold

First off my camera is on the fritz, so I had to use a stock photo from the Internet…

This past Saturday I took a drive out to Bayside, NY (Queens) to pop in and say hello to a friend of mine who just happens to be the CAO Rep in my area. Should I be so lucky as to land my dream job I hope I can be half the rep this guy is. If you read my blog on a regular basis you know I can’t speak enough about Steve the CAO guy.

So I headed to the Habana Hut which is a relatively new brick & mortar located at 214-09 41st Ave in Bayside, NY. The store is gorgeous, with a lot of flat screen televisions showing all the games for your enjoyment as you smoke your favorite stogie. Their humidor utilizes its space well with a large selection of smokes including Opus X.

I was hoping that they would have the new LX 2 from CAO but alas it was not out yet, so I picked up some standards from CAO and that is how we got today’s review…

Cigar: CAO Gold
Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6.5 x 50 (Corona Gorda)
Wrapper: Ecuador Grown Connecticut Shade
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Mild

Pre-Smoke: When I worked in a B&M back in the day and someone wanted to smoke something mild this was the go to cigar. Not only is it reasonably priced, it is a full flavor mild smoke. The cigar has a beautiful golden brown wrapper with some veins but nothing that stands out in an obscene way. It was well rolled with a decent weight to it and no soft sports to be found. I used a cat’s eye (v-style) cut on this cigar. The prelight draw and aroma were similar barnyard like notes of hay and earth which is usually the sign of a mild cigar.

Smoke: From the first light the CAO Gold is a smooth creamy smoke. The first third of the cigar offers some subtle notes of wood and nuts. The second third of the cigar the wood notes moved to the front with a hint of sweetness similar to caramel. The final third the wood remained but the dominant note was that of nuts which left me with a very enjoyable nutty finish. The cigar had a great even burn throughout that never needed to be touched up.

Overall: Sometimes it is nice to revisit some of the cigars that started it all of me as a cigar smoker. The CAO Gold is a mild cigar with a really good flavor profile that even a seasoned veteran can enjoy. I found it to be a very relaxing smoke on a cold drab morning.

Rating: 88
Price: $5.50

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