Up for review is the new CAO Consigliere cigar. This is a re-release of a previous blend (which I’ve been asked not to name) under a new name. That previous version was offered mostly in absurdly large vitolas while this 5×52 is more up our alley. It’s a nice looking cigar with a good draw after cutting. After lighting up we tasted a sweet flavor, spice, earth, and leather. A truly well-balanced and delicious cigar. Overall, these can be found online at inexpensive prices, and they’re easily worth it. We loved the flavor, the construction, and the price. We don’t often rate cigars this highly. Try one out right away!
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
StraightUpCigars: Nice looking, dark, cedar smelling wrapper. Draw is a bit loose after cutting. Rather have it that way than too tight, though.
Terry1: Same here. Dark wrapper and an easy draw. Getting a fruity note, maybe a prune on the cold draw. I’m excited to try this. Smoked through the box I had of the original CAO and I’ve missed them. Ready to light!
StraightUpCigars: Lighting up!
StraightUpCigars: I really like this vitola compared to the absurd sizes offered on the original. Smoke production is good right off the bat. Maybe it’s power of suggestion, but, getting a slightly bitter/acidic prune flavor that’s really enjoyable. Also tasting notes of leather and some spice on the finish. Strong start.
Terry1: Very nice aroma. Plenty of smoke volume. There’s a vanilla sweetness up front, some pepper in the sinus, cedar, and the leather. Good start.
StraightUpCigars: I really like the start on this one, it’s very addictive. I have to force myself to set it down.
Terry1: I’m liking it too. Just looked these up and, wow, they are at a good price point at around $5 as a box purchase. Looks like they still have that huge Boss size.
StraightUpCigars: That Boss was the only one I’ve tried and I couldn’t stand the vitola, it ruined the experience. This one, so far, I can definitely get behind.
Terry1: The early pepper note has changed to more of a sweet spice note. Loving that. Finish has some earthy notes. Burn and draw doing well.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has mellowed out big time. It’s a really nice balance of a sweet cedar, earth and leather, with a little spice on the finish. Loving it.
StraightUpCigars: Went to a Tatuaje event the other night, was kind of fun. I ended up buying a Crowned Heads to smoke since the Tatuaje weren’t priced in my favor, but enjoyed the event. They had a giant tour bus all decked out and on air suspension. If you bought a box you got access to buy from a special box of limited releases. I didn’t take the bait, but was a cool incentive.
Terry1: That’s sounds fun. I briefly met Pete Johnson at one of the festivals. Not a fan of his cigars. He uses Conn Broadleaf on everything. I find them too earthy and strong for my taste. The Cabaiguan, on the other hand, is fantastic. I smoke those often.
Terry1: Band came off cleanly. Looking at it I bet this one is a bitch to glue on and get straight. Wouldn’t want that job.
StraightUpCigars: They had those Cabaiguan for sale, but they’re regularly available online for so much cheaper that I had to pass. Nice guys at that company though, and good on them for having such a strong following.
StraightUpCigars: I was going to mention that glue, mine was over-glues and poured onto the cigar. Lame. Most of it came off with the band though.
StraightUpCigars: Also, the ash drops unexpectedly on this one, got a lap full!
Terry1: I’ll watch the ash. This cigar is getting better. Really like the flavors at the halfway point. Everything mellowed and is mixing very well. Same notes as before, sweetness, spice, earth, leather.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed. Getting a little less of the sweetness and more of the earth and leather. Love this blend, and like that it’s transitioning to keep it interesting.
StraightUpCigars: It’s almost playoff Hockey season. Any night that the Blues play we’ll either be at the game or at our local Blues bar. Hopefully they make as deep a run as last year, but either way I’ll keep you guys posted on the nights that will be game nights.
Terry1: I don’t follow hockey. Are the playoffs set up like basketball or baseball? Best of 7 games making the playoffs last for months?
StraightUpCigars: Exactly, 7 game series, first to 4 wins. The Stanley Cup Finals are usually in June. Last year we were in the “final four”, if you will. Grueling playoffs.
Terry1: Wow June. I’ll have to see if any of their games are broadcast here and check them out.
StraightUpCigars: I cannot begin to explain how intense and fun to watch the hockey playoffs are. There’s nothing like it, not a dull moment. Highly recommended. I could go on and on.
Terry1: As you mentioned earlier I’m having a hard time setting this cigar down. Loving the flavors. The room aroma is really nice. I’m forcing myself to smoke slower so the cigar doesn’t heat up too much. Burn and draw are still great.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this one is going all he way to the nub. Heck, I could light up another after this. They nailed it on this blend.
Terry1: Yeah I could too. I can’t feel any nicotine kick yet. This one is ending too early.
StraightUpCigars: I should stress that just b/c it’s ending too soon doesn’t mean I want an 8×78 vitols
Terry1: No kidding! I’m thinking a toro would be about perfect.
Terry1: Damn I have to set mine down. Just burned my fingers. Great cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Right on, I’m not burnt yet so I’ll keep puffing until I am! Ratings coming.
StraightUpCigars: Wow! A great cigar and a super value. Exactly what we’re looking for!
Terry1: Almost a perfect score. I nicked a point for how the cigar started. Once it warmed up and mellowed out to that sweet spice note, the cigar was hitting my palate perfectly. I will be buying a box soon and this one is easy to recommend. Glad to see the blend back and better than ever.