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#NowSmoking: CAO Pilón Añejo

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CAO Pilón Añejo Robusto – Cigar Details

Factory: HATSA – Danlí, Honduras
Size: 5½”x 54
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Cuban Seed Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Honduran Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Presented in boxes of 20

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The CAO Pilón Añejo Cigars Back Story

The approach to the Pilón Añejo combines what the company calls “labor-intensive fermentation and finished cigar aging to deliver great depth and character.” Using the same circular pilón fermentation technique as the original CAO Pilón, blender Rick Rodriguez said, “With CAO Pilón Añejo, we’ve combined pilón fermentation which does such incredible things to the tobacco, with a full two years of aging of the finished cigars. Together these methods add a whole new dimension to the blend. We’ve ultimately created a layered smoking experience that we could not have achieved through any other processes.”

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The CAO Pilón Añejo line has been produced in limited-edition. A total of only 5,000 boxes were released this year presented in 20-count boxes and three sizes: Robusto, Toro, and Gigante.


The Basics

Construction: The Sumatra wrapper has a nice, tanned leather look to it with an attractive reddish patina. The cap was a bit lumpy, but the cigar is well rolled and I found no soft spots.
Cold Draw: Sour leather (uh huh).
Base flavors: Leather, light salt and earth, sweet tobacco, cinnamon, oak, tart berries.
Aroma: Sweet.
Burn & Ash: The burn is even out of the gate and stays that way throughout exposing a very firm, light gray ash.


CAO Pilón Añejo Robusto Cigar Review – Act I

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review cao pilon anjeo - act1The cigar got off to an excellent start and produced plenty of smoke throughout. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and smooth and the usual peppery start was AWOL. Leather followed by some saltiness, sweet tobacco, and light earthiness. Leather remained most dominant with a hint of cinnamon spice on the finish. So far, well balanced, medium in body and very tasty.


CAO Pilón Añejo Robusto Cigar Review – Act II

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review cao pilon anjeo - act2Leather, salt, and sweet tobacco were the order of the day at the midsection. The cigar was still burning beautifully revealing a perfect cone. A tart berry note and some oaky woodiness arrive. The body shifts toward medium-plus while the smoke remained thick and chewy and the overall strength, itself, was medium.


CAO Pilón Añejo Robusto Cigar Review – Act III

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review cao pilon anjeo - act3The flavors continued to be well balanced, the smoke medium plus in body, and the strength held at medium. Even at this stage the smoke remained cool. Tart berries, leather, and oak survived as some of the sweetness faded, but it was also earthier. By this stage, I found the Pilón Añejo Robusto had checked all the right boxes.


What whiskey pairs well with the CAO Pilón Añejo Robusto?

Bourbon or Rye are a natch for this cigar, but how about a dark Rum or maybe a Brandy? A cigar with thick chewy smoke as this might go well with a thicker liquor. For more professional combinations, see our Cigar & Spirit pairing guide.


Is the CAO Pilón Añejo Robusto cigar worth smoking?

As I stated in the video review, this Pilón Añejo Robusto was my 4th and it was as good as the three that preceded it. In some ways it reminded me of a bolder Cuban cigar for its light salt, earth, and sweet tobacco notes, but I’ll leave it at that.

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review cao pilon anjeo - nubThe Pilón Añejo may be a borderline choice for newer cigar smokers in that, it may be a bit much even though it’s medium in strength. However, cigar smokers who love dark, chewy, full flavored cigars will get plenty out of it. There’s a lot going on in this blend that you can pick out with each successive session. After my first, I told my Cigar Advisor colleagues that it was one of the best cigars I had so far this year. Well, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

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3 months ago

Enjoy the original, will have to try the Anejo

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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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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