Gary Korb takes one more look at the Holidays with his list of top shelf cigars adorned with fancy white & gold bands. Whether it’s a last minute gift idea or a humidor-worthy primo to ring-in the New Year, you’ll find 12 of them all dressed-up and ready to smoke.
CAO Concert Cigar Review: The Roadie
Toasting & Light: Evenly toasted and lit well. First few puffs were woody and sweet with a note of light spice.
Base flavors: Sweet wood & spice, white pepper
Retrohale: Very peppery. A real nose stunner!
Aroma: Sweet. Very inviting.
Burn / Ash Quality: Very clean with a soft, mostly grey marble ash.
Balance of flavors: Excellent
Consistency: Good, though the flavors did bounce back and forth every so often.
General Observations: Very smooth and creamy with a lot of smoke. Cigar started off more medium in body with some spicy notes. By the midpoint it had developed into a full-bodied cigar with more spice and deeper tobacco flavors, with a modicum of sweetness remaining. Flavors were all very smooth and well-balanced. Into the last third the spiciness dropped-off and a little sweetness came back, but the dominant flavor remained woody. By the final inches it was primarily all dark tobacco laced with some sweet spices.
Summary: There was something very appealing about this CAO Concert cigar. It was the combination of flavor and aroma that kept me interested, but I can’t seem to describe it. It just tasted good. I had to step out of the office a few times, and the Roadie went out pretty quickly, but it held up well to several relights. Suffice it to say, this was a real “solid” cigar – a nice addition to the CAO cigar lineup. Excellent flavor, aroma, construction and balance.
* = Fair to Middling
** = Good
*** = Very impressive
**** = Excellent
***** = Spectacular!