Well, I went to my tobacconist and feeling the need to start of this blog with something good , I bought one of CAO’s OSA Sol cigars (in Robusto size). This is a new cigar on the market from CAO , featuring A Honduran wrapper with Nicaraguan and Honduran long cut filler and a Connecticut broadleaf binder.
The cigar was recommended to me by Ian at Tobaccoland who inferred that it had received some critical acclaim. Eager to find out for myself I immediately purchase two of them, one for me and one for my wife.
Getting home and getting comfortable, I prepare to enjoy my cigar and my wife prepares hers . I prefer a stainless steel cutter , and my wife prefers a punch , so we have the advantage of getting an opinion on each when it comes to a cigar. I found, with my guillotine double cutter that the foot of the cigar cut easily and readily and my wife found that the punch punched beautifully.
My initial impression of the cigar was that it was nice and firm with an even wrapper. The cigar has a delicate aroma , earthy with a hint of fruit and a minty undertone.
The first draw of the cigar , which lit readily and evenly , was nutty and buttery with a rich toffee aroma and thick, pungent pleasing smoke.
When the cigar was purged at the midpoint, it took on a more caramel like and coffee like flavor that grew stronger as the cigar went on. The smoke was heavy and smelled of fruit (apricot?) and toffee .
The finish on the cigar took on a more rich flavor of caramel and coffee, and finished with very little bitter aftertaste and a warm tingly sensation on the lips and tongue.
Everything you’d expect from CAO, and more; I found the cigar to be delightful and fulfilling, worth every penny.
Smoke em if you got em.