Well it is time for yet another contest here at acigarsmoker.com and once again it is for some CAO cigars. To receive a 5 pack of CAO Soprano Soldiers are you have to do is leave a comment in the style of a limerick. The theme is cigar smoking, or this review. A winner will be chosen by our laugh o meter. The bigger the laugh, the more likely you are to win… The cut off date for this contest is March 28th at 12noon eastern time zone, with the winner announced on March 29th.
Cigar: CAO Sopranos Soldier
Size: 6 x 54
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Columbia
Appearance & Construction (17/20): A dark cigar with a lot of tooth sums up this cigar. Covered in oils this cigar has a heavy weight to it and a well packed foot. The Brazilian wrapper looks similar to; if not darker then the CAO Brazillia. It also features some major league veins. The dark band with CAO in red does not stand out well on this cigar. What makes this cigar attractive is the box they come in and the name of the cigar itself.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The prelight draw of the cigar offers some well defined coffee bean notes. Unable to find my lighter I lit this baby up rather easily with some wooden matches. It is important to wait a second or two until the sulfer subsides before you bring the match to your cigar. If you don’t wait you can get the taste of sulfur which is not pleasant. With the cigar lit, there was some salty notes that came and went, but the dominant flavors here were coffee and chocolate. As we approach the 2nd third of the cigar, the salty notes come back for a short while and the notes of the cigar are leather and coffee. The final third of the smoke is still occasionally salty with notes of leather.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn for almost the entire cigar was perfect as you can see from the photos below. The ash was a nice white color that held very tight during first third of the cigar. The second half however the ash became a little flaky and at the finish the wrapper ran into some issues. The draw with just a bullet punch was exquisite.
Overall (23/25): I always stayed away from the Sopranos cigar because it is not a cigar that should be as expensive as it is. Unfortunately the price of licensing fees are wrapped up in the price of the cigar. Sure CAO tries to give us something for that in a fancy box, but if you buy cigars individually that box is just a nice item in the Brick & Mortar instead of your own personal collection. Despite this, I regret that I waited so long to have my first experience with the CAO Soprano.
Price: $38.25 for a 3 Pack @ Famous Cigars
Some people asked me to show the burn of the cigar, and while I am not looking to rip off Brian Hewitt and his town of burn I asked him for permission and he agreed that I could do something similar on my blog. So here is the experience of a cigar smoker.