Cigar Review: CAO OSA Sol “Lot 50”
Country of Origin: Honduras
Size: 5″ x 50
Wrapper: Honduran Olancho San Agustin (from a proprietary 2008 crop)
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Presentation: Boxes of 20 cigars
Paired with: Coffee
Appearance and feel: Nice looking cigar. Lime green, black and white band colors go well against the light brown Honduran wrapper. Has a nice, solid feel in the hand, too.
Draw: Very good.
Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Creamy, light, sweet, and leathery.
Toasting & Light: Excellent.
First few puffs: Somewhat leathery with a hint of nutmeg.
Retrohale: Earthy and smooth with a dose of white pepper.
Base flavors: Woody and nutty with floral notes, sweet spice and a note of vanilla.
Aroma: Sweet and woody.
Burn / Ash: Mostly even-Steven with a somewhat flaky, grey ash.
General Observations: Cigar has a nice creamy texture on the palate but the finish is a bit dry. Flavors mostly of oak, cedar and nutmeg with an appealing sweetness in the mix. This particular sample went out on me three times, but picked up right where it left off with no bitterness; that it can stand up to several relights is always a good sign. Had to let it rest more between puffs in the final third to prevent it from getting too bitter and juicy.
Summary: A well balanced cigar with a mix of mellow, nutty, woody and semi-spicy flavors from end to end. The smoke is especially creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness. This Robusto is ideal if you’re looking for a right-down-the-middle, medium-bodied cigar with a lot of flavor, or also happen to be a fan of Honduran tobacco flavor. The cigar spiced up a bit in the last inch, but not enough to abandon it, and I eventually nubbed it down to the last inch.