We were just about to light our nightly cigars, bought from our local Tobacconist, Tobaccoland, myself a CAO OSA Sol and my wife her typical CAO Moontrance when my wife says to me, “why don’t you do a review on a flavored cigar?”
I couldn’t see a good reason why not so, with a quick flick of the wrist, we traded cigars.
So here I go, my first review on a flavored cigar;
First a little about the cigar;
Like all CAO cigars, the filler and binder are Nicaraguan but like it many very good CAO cigars, the wrapper is from Cameroon. The cigar is flavored with numerous fruits, bourbon vanilla, peach nectar and white honey from Hawaii.
The Moontrance was already punched when my wife gave it to me so I have no opinion as to how easily that occurred, though I am assured by my wife that one of the reasons she buys them is that they punch very easily.
The cigar has a light aroma of fruit, like peaches, and vanilla. It lights evenly, and easily with an even burn around the whole cigar. The flavor of the cigar is mild and strongly flavored of vanilla with fruit tones and a nutty under taste. I have always found the room note to be pleasant and mild, with that same vanilla and fruit smell.
As I smoked a cigar, it became less fruity and more caramelly, and when the cigar was purged at the midpoint it was almost without fruit flavor but still strongly flavored with vanilla and the caramel taste accenting the now stronger nutty taste.
The cigar finish is strongly, with a buttery, nutty overtone, and the vanilla taste flavoring in second, with only the slightest hint of the fruity peach taste. The room note remains pleasant and vanilla like throughout the whole cigar.
Not normally one for flavored cigars, I really think that CAO hit this one out of the ballpark. As a matter of fact , I have placed a can of Moontrance pipe tobacco on my next order from smokingpipes.com. Let’s see if the aromatic pipe tobacco lives up to the flavored cigar.
Smoke em if you got em!