CAO Cigars, General Cigar Company
CAO Amazon Basin

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6.0
Gauge: 52

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Brazilian Nicaragua
Factory: STG Estelí
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Rian Walker
Date Purchased: April 8, 2019
Price: Gift
Date Smoked: April 28, 2019

CAO Amazon Basin

Amazon Basin, CAO, Ecuadorian Sumatra, General Cigar Company, Nicaragua, Toro04/28/2019
I’ve been curious about the CAO cigar brand by General Cigar Company since my return to the cigar hobby about a year ago until this gift from Rian Walker that came with a wide-eyed recommendation.

Let’s get this CAO Amazon Basin going…

The aromas off the foot are barnyardy and that’s something that I most often like. The cold draw delivered earthy tobacco and something like subtle sweet fruit.

Once lit, earthy oaky leather flavors hit me with a mild pepper spice on my retrohale. I was kind of hoping for the sweetness to show up, but it was not to be at this moment in time… we’ll see what happens later.

At the second third… the CAO Amazon Basin is smoky! With earthy sweet dried fruit and leather with a bit of charred wood (mesquite, BBQ) and a higher flavor note on the retrohale… white pepper, clove-like? Overall, this is a very enjoyable first experience with the CAO Amazon Basin. This has been something different for me in a good exploratory way. #SakamotoHappy

My burn is razor sharp and the ash just does not want to fall off… Yep, I’d say this cigar has some complexity to it and I just noticed that the aroma off the smoky foot is reminding me of BBQ.

An hour has come and gone and I’m at the halfway point with more of the same; more smoke, more complex flavors. This could drive one crazy trying to pinpoint all of the nuances of this beautiful cigar

At the last third everything ramps up, almost bitter, but deep and rich with the retrohale ramping up as well delivering its spicy goodness.

I think I’ll pursue a 5-pack of these and see what happens…

Thank you, Rian!

Stay Chill

The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium/Full
Finish: Complex
Value: Good
Overall Rating (1-5): 4

The Cigar

Chocolate: 2
Coffee: 2
Cream: 2
Leather: 3
Pepper: 2