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!
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles