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#nowsmoking: CAO Consigliere Soldier

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#nowsmokingCAO Consigliere Soldier Cigar Review

#nowsmokingCAO Consigliere Cigar Review – Soldier 

Origin: Nicaragua 
Size: 6×54 
Strength: Medium-plus 
Wrapper: Brazil Mata Fina 
Binder: Honduras 
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Colombia 
MSRP: $8.99 

nowsmoking CAO Consigliere cigar review at Famous Smoke Shop

What’s the cigar’s back story. . 

You can’t tell the story of the CAO Consigliere cigars selection without going back to the original CAO Sopranos Edition. That selection, made at CAO Fabrica de Tabacos in Honduras, debuted in 2005 under a licensing agreement with HBO Television. The blend boasted a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapperHonduran binder, and a core blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Colombian tobaccos. Although it received a number of high tasting scores, unfortunately, the line was discontinued in 2013, and slowly faded into obscurity—almost. . . 

With the release of CAO Consigliere in 2016, the company proved you just can’t keep a good blend down. Presented in three shapes: Associate (5 x 52)Boss (7 x 56), and Soldier (6×54), CAO moved production to Nicaragua, and maintained the original blend, breathing new life into the selection, proving that it’s not what you name a cigar, but how it tastes.  

#nowsmoking CAO Consigliere cigar review with coffee
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The CAO Consigliere Soldier offers a rich, medium-bodied smoke accompanied by a cadre of salt, cedar wood, sweet spices, and caramel. 

How well is the cigar made?  

Expertly. The Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper offers an attractive, oily sheen, and the cigar is well packed with a neatly applied triple cap. The rolling on my sample was also virtually invisible. The cap clipped easily offering a firm but passable draw that offered a distinctive leathery flavor and note of chocolate

How does the cigar smoke?  

#nowsmoking CAO Consigliere cigar review Soldier ACT1

My Soldier smoked excellently, offering a wealth of creamy smoke, a clean burn, and a very firm gray ash. The draw also opened-up revealing flavors of leather, cedar, sweet spice, light salt, and a remnant of cocoa throughout the first act with dead-center medium body and strength.

#nowsmoking CAO Consigliere cigar review Soldier ACT2

By the midsection, the smoke sweetened up even further creating “salted caramel” effect. Several retrohales offered a smooth, cedary note, too. The Soldier remained very consistent in smoke volume, flavor, and body right down to the nub. For all the details, watch the video. 

What is the cigar’s flavor profile?  

#nowsmoking CAO Consigliere cigar review Soldier ACT3

Medium to medium-plus in body and strength. Modestly complex, yet impressively consistent and balanced. For me, the base flavors consisted of leather, cedar, and sweet spice, accentuated by additional notes of light salt, caramel, and dark chocolate. 

What drink can I pair with this cigar besides coffee?  

Purely by coincidence, Rick and I went with the Macallan 12 Year Double Cask for the Consigliere Soldierwhich was excellent. For the beer fans, Rick also suggested Sierra Nevada Pale AlePlusits medium body and sweet-spicy character allows the Soldier to pair pretty much with just about anything 

#nowsmoking CAO Consigliere cigar and drink pairing

(Find more cigar and drink pairing combinations here.) 

Should I buy this cigar? 

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If you’re looking for a solidly built and consistently flavorful medium-bodied cigar at well under $10, the CAO Consigliere Soldier is an excellent buy for novices and veteran smokers. 


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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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.

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