Cigar Review: CAO Gold Maduro

CAO Gold Maduro

CAO Gold Maduro

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: $5

Acquired: Samples courtesy of Famous Smoke Shop

Our review today is brought to you by the good folks over at Famous Smoke Shop. Famous Smoke Shop sent us over a handful of the classic CAO Gold Maduro cigars to try and review and I am glad they did. Originally released in 2007, the CAO Gold Maduro is a cigar that has stood the test of time and brings amazing flavors and quality construction to the table.

The CAO Gold Maduro comes in a 20 count box with each stick being individually cello’d.

Pre-light: Earthy and wood notes.

Looks: Looking at the CAO Gold Maduro you instantly notice the classic CAO Gold band; gold in color trimmed in red and white. The Name “CAO” stands prominently in the center with “Imported” and “Handmade” on each side. A secondary smaller band sits below the main band, the colors are the same but read, “Gold” and “Maduro.”   The cigar itself features a dark Brazilian Maduro wrapper leaf. This wrapper leaf has a slight oily sheen to it with the ever-slightest bit of toothiness. Veins in the wrapper leaf are small and almost unnoticeable.

Taste: The best part of all reviews is by far the taste category. I am glad Famous Smoke Shop chose the CAO Gold Maduro to send to us because it is a cigar that I had basically forgotten about. In the ever-changing world of new cigars, sometimes you miss or forget about these great tasting classics. The flavor is there in force in this stick. Upon first light the main flavor I noticed was that of cocoa followed by an earthiness and cedar. The overall sweetness and creaminess of this cigar is very pleasant. While smoking the sweet cocoa notes mellow some about half way into the cigar leaving the earth and cedar notes to take the lead. A nice coffee note is also detected around the final third and helps take the rest of the flavors to the end of the stick.

Strength: Medium

Burn: Overall pretty good. It did require a few touch ups to keep the burn even, however it is July and humidity is high outside. Smoke from this cigar was thick and plentiful.

Buy it? It’s a classic with tons of flavor, why wouldn’t you buy it? Good flavor, quality construction, and one hell of a great price point.

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