Where it’s at: A sharp, red-peppery start, transitions fairly quickly to a sweeter, pepper-laced smoke. Good volume of well-balanced smoke with a lingering peppery finish throughout. Perfect for cigar smokers who crave spicy-peppery cigars.
Well-built with an attractive, silky, blonde wrapper. Creamy and mellow to start with an understated sweetness and some peppery hangtime. Smoke is thick and chewy with well-rounded, velvety flavors of oak, cashew, peppery spice, and a subtle note of caramel. Nice “first cigar of the day.”
Paired with: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Whiskey…Well-crafted. Leathery pre-light. Smoke is mellow to start. A pronounced note of chocolate sets the tone. Well-balanced flavors transition to an earthy, spicy, toasty mix with an underlying ribbon of chocolate. Whiskey reveals a nice subtle sweetness. Spice is more vivid in the last act. Full-flavored.
Dressed in a dual ring, CAO Signature Series cigars are a full-flavored step up from their popular CAO Gold selection; they share one of the same bands, but the blends are miles apart. While the Gold Series has been a long time recommendation for new smokers, the Signature Series is more of a follow-up cigar.
Impeccably crafted. Wrapper is glossy with a fine, leathery texture. Dense, chewy smoke imparts notes of sweet tobacco, cedar, and spice up front accentuated by hints of black pepper. Perfectly-balanced layers of cedar, dark chocolate, and peppery spice throughout with a long finish. Totally awesome.