Continuing with my CAO Five Card Stud Sampler from Pipes & Cigars, I chose to sample the promising maduro ‘VR’ Moby toro.while a little drunk, just back from a hot date. It’s usually a good time to light up a cigar, when all my senses are jacked up and my mood is good. I was delighted by the cocoa-shaded wrapper with its slightly matte look. The pack was firm but not exceptionally hard and it had a solid double cap. I found the wrapper note to be strongly reminiscent of a dark espresso, though it was subtle, and cocoa mocha and the pre-light draw promised more of the same. The presentation was a sexy simple label with an abstract Picassoesque ribbon label at the foot. I looked forward to sharing this sizable cigar with my partner.
That interesting matte-and-satin wrapper with almost invisible veins is apparently Honduran in origin and the fillers are Brazilian and Mexican. Its description promised a full-bodied and full-flavoured stick; my favourite!
Cigar International says:
‘VR’ is produced in CAO’s esteemed “CAO Fabrica de Tabacos” factory in Danli, Honduras. ‘The ‘VR’ cigar employs well-aged Nicaraguan and Mexican long-fillers which yield a robust and slightly spicy profile, while its oily Brazilian Maduro Arapiraca wrapper adds balance and a hefty dose of rich-sweet flavor.”
We clipped and lit the cigar at about 11 o’clock and prepared to have an enjoyable experience. The initial draw was everything that was promised: peppery, sweet and rich, and slightly oily, with some earthy undertones. As we progressed into the cigar, I noticed that the sweetness remained but it was a sort of “meaty” sweetness, something like sweet and sour meatballs. It also developed a bit of orange and cocoa flavour that was not unlike those orange-shaped chocolates that you smack down on a table to break into slices.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you about the rest of it, because in my state of slight inebriation it simply smoked down to the nub without it changing enough for me to notice. I can’t even say for certain exactly when it was finished other than it was around midnight because that’s when I went to bed. I can tell you that the wrapper peeled off at the end because that’s how I found the nub in my ashtray.
It wasn’t the worst maduro I’ve had by any means; but nor did I find it the best, and all the things that were good about it I like better in other cigars. It reminded me a little of the MX2 (but not as smoky or as peppery); and its citrus reminded me a little of the Osa (but it didn’t have as much citrus.) It tasted a little as if the rollers at CAO had some end bits lying around from other cigars – but not enough to make any particular one – and thought, “I wonder what would happen if . . . well, what the hell.”
I know all of this because I made notes about it; but the smoke was utterly unmemorable; so much so that I didn’t even remember smoking it until I went to look for it, found it gone, and searched my notes until I found where I had written about it.
Sorry CAO, I’m normally a fan; but this one was not the big whale of a hit I was hoping for. The Moby was decent, and I wouldn’t complain if someone offered me one to smoke, but overall, I have to say it was kinda “meh.”
So I am afraid that I can only give it:
You can get the Moby at Cigars International for $30 USD for a five pack or $85 USD for a pack of twenty (which includes a cutter.)