CAO Extreme

CAO Extreme

Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each

Construction

CAO has long been known for its unique blends featuring small batch and specialty tobaccos to create new and interesting smoking experiences. Extreme, the newest line from CAO, features ligero fillers grown in Estelí and La Entrada. The wrapper is a deep brown Ecuadorian Habano ligero leaf. Concealing the majority of the wrapper leaf is a large black and orange band. Underneath the large band, the Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper is dark and oily and smooth with a slightly mottled appearance. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and nicely rolled. There are no noticeable soft spots. The thick cap cuts cleanly using my Colibri V Cutter.

Flavor & Aroma

The wrapper leaf gives off the gentle aroma of barnyard vegetation while the foot lends a savory spiciness. The cold draw is clear and produces flavors of oak and earth. Once lit the first few puffs are slightly acrid but this quickly fades allowing flavors of crushed black pepper and oak shine through. A gentle sweetness develops towards the end of the first third. The second third displays more of the natural sweetness and some black pepper on the back of the pallet. The sweetness surges in the beginning of the final third and then all but disappears. Gentle notes of cedar and oats take its place.

CAO Extreme

Burn & Smoking Characteristics

The CAO Extreme draws easily and produces tons of smoke. The long, compact ash grows to almost two inches before the first drop. The ash drops a total of two times during the seventy-minute smoke. The burn is cool and even allowing me to smoke the cigar down to the nub.

CAO Extreme

Conclusion

CAO calls this a full strength cigar, but I would rate it more towards medium. It is full flavor and full bodied without being overpowering. The dark, earthy flavors are nicely complemented by the natural sweetness. Bravo, CAO.

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3 Comments on “CAO Extreme”

  1. Your reviews are concise, full of information, and really let the reader know if s/he will enjoy the cigar or not. This sounds like a CAO I’d enjoy. Thanks!

  2. The original release of these was one of my favorite smokes at the time. I grabbed a box of the new release belicosos and although surely different than the original release, I find it to be an enjoyable smoke nonetheless.

  3. Thank you, Bennett! This is definitely a good one

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