Cigar Review: CAO Gold Vintage

CAO Gold Vintage

CAO Gold Vintage

I happened to be in Holts in Philadelphia this week and they were having an event for CAO. Besides picking up some La Traviata smokes I also picked up some CAO Gold Vintage which is based on the Escaparate CAO Gold from a few years back. Seeing these new CAOs caught me by surprise as I did not expect them to be out yet. So without further adieu I bring to you the review of the CAO Gold Vintage.

Cigar: CAO Gold Vintage
Size: 6.75 x 60 (Bouchon/Figurado)
Wrapper: 2004 Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
Strength: Mild/Medium

Appearance and Construction (19/20): The CAO Gold Vintage features a 2004 Connecticut Shade Ecuadorian wrapper which was considered to be the best crop ever produced in the country. This figurado cigar has a flawless wrapper with a little bit of tooth. The roll of the cigar is absolutely flawless and has a nice weight to it with no soft spots what so ever. The wrapper of this cigar has an abundance of oils to it creating a nice inviting sheen. The band of the cigar is similar to the CAO Gold label but bigger. It features colors of red, black, gold. It also states Gold Vintage just under the CAO logo.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): The prelight draw on this stick offered and amazing buttery creamy note that reminded me a little bit of butterscotch. Right from the get go this cigar offered some really enjoyable notes that were easy to identify. There is a rich buttery note as the canvas which some nutty notes that compliment it well. There is definitely a note present that reminds me a lot of butterscotch making this a very flavorful stick. The second third of the cigar remains creamy with a buttery note, and the nutty notes begin begin to become the dominant note as the cigar picks up in strength becoming more a medium bodied smoke then a mild one. The final third of the cigar is very nutty albeit it slightly bitter which causes a deduction in score.

Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The cigar burns perfect on all the cigars I smoked in this line (three) but one of them burned really hot despite the fact I smoked it slow. The ash of the cigar held extremely well with only the slightest bit of flake in fact I was able to keep the ash for 3/4 of the stick. The draw of the cigar was idea.

Overall (23/25): It seems to me that recent CAO cigar production has stepped up a notch. This stick was a very flavorful smoke with a great burn. The last two entries from CAO have been winners. First the La Traviata and now the the CAO Gold Vintage. As a fan of CAO cigars I couldn’t be more pleased being able to add these cigars to my repertoire of daily smokes.

Rating: 91
Price: 8.00

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  • Luke – AspiringGentleman

    This looks like a great cigar. I love the vitola. I smoked a few CAO’s a while back, and wasn’t terribly impressed. Perhaps I’ll have to give them another shot though.

  • Mike – KnightRid

    nice review – I cant wait to try this stick! My favorite CAO Gold is the Double Corona size!


  • cj

    Hey Luke, you can’t buy a better tasting stick for less money than the LaTraviata…fantastic smoke for less less less cash. LX2 great smoke too! I’m gonna’ try one these big B, sounds yummy!

  • Chris McCann

    I love the La Traviata and LX2! I’ll have to pick up a Gold Vintage the next time in my local shop. Thanks for the review!

  • pawle76

    Yes this is a gem of a cigar. I’ve become very fond of CAO cigars. So far I haven’t had one I didn’t like. One thing I learned and this is for Luke you should try a cigar a few times before saying you don’t like it. One CAO cigar I thought I didn’t like was the Criollo. At first I thought it was too bitter but I decided I would give it another try or two. After that I’ve actually grown to like them. It may still not be my favorite cigar but I will smoke them from time to time and enjoy them.

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