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
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
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.