Up for review is the CAO Extreme cigar. This one has a nice looking dark wrapper leaf and is loaded with ligero. It started off exactly as you’d expect from a cigar named Extreme – a pepper bomb. The pepper faded though, and was replaced by oak with a mix of spicy and sweet flavor. Overall, this cigar offered complexity that wasn’t expected. The construction was perfect and the price is fair. Definitely worth giving a try!
Terry1: Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
IamDarren: Very strong aroma of rich, sweet tobacco on the wrapper. Foot adds a little woodiness.
Terry1: I’m noticing the band has the blend listed and it looks like there is a lot of ligero in the CAO Extreme.
IamDarren: Yeah, good point. LOTS of ligero.
IamDarren: I just got mine clipped. Decent draw, a little constricted but not bad. Getting a slight raisin and spice note on the cold draw.
IamDarren: Well, at least this one has had a few months to rest in the humi. Maybe it won’t be too “extreme”
Terry1: I hope it burns okay. Nice dark wrapper with a few large veins. Mine is drawing on the loose side. Same notes of raisin and spice on the cold draw. Let’s light up and find out how extreme.
IamDarren: Alright, lets get started
IamDarren: Whoa! Loads of pepper and spice in the first few puffs.
IamDarren: starting to get a hint of sweetness. Bringing back that raisin from the cold draw. Still lots of pepper and spice. Although, it doesn’t hit the palate too hard. The finish is short and crisp and it not making my throat dry.
Terry1: Pepper bomb start. I was expecting that. There’s a hint of sweetness and maybe earth. I’ll have to wait for the pepper to subside before tasting much else.
IamDarren: Mine is starting to mellow after the first half inch. Slightly earthy, starting to pick up a buttery character, maybe nuts. Flavors are really starting to come through.
IamDarren: bit of acidity on the finish, probably from the pepper and spice combo
Terry1: I think you nailed the flavors. Pepper has mellowed faster than I would have expected. Slight sweetness. I’m getting that same acidity, almost bitterness, and some kind of nutty component.
IamDarren: 1 inch in. Burn is good, ash was holding firm until I tapped it off. Pretty good flavor at this point. Not nearly as much strength as I expected. Just starting to transition a little going into the second third. Picking up a slight charred oak flavor that is overpowering that nuttiness.
Terry1: Burn is near perfect. Last few puffs the pepper came back strong, then it faded again. I’m getting leery on where this cigar is going. I like the flavors when that pepper is not upfront. I’m waiting for that nicotine kick to take over. I wish I didn’t know this was ligero heavy. I might be psyching myself out.
IamDarren: Yeah I agree. I read a couple reviews saying the same thing, that it wasn’t as strong as what people expected. So far im really liking it. Getting Oak, a sweet spice, a slightly buttery component, and a little pepper on the finish.
Terry1: I’m closing in on halfway and the sweetness is getting more pronounced. Still some pepper in the sinus and that oaky note on the finish. I’m liking most of what I’m tasting. I’m a little surprised the flavors, for me, are in the medium bodied range. I expected a punch in the face with more body and strength. It’s actually getting mellower. No sign of nicotine yet.
Terry1: So is everything good with you?
IamDarren: Well I go in tomorrow to have a biopsy done. There is an inflamed gland that they want to check. I will keep you posted once we find out what it is.
IamDarren: Other than that I am great. Christmas was a load of fun with the kids. We got Jackson an ATV so we have been riding a lot.
Terry1: Good luck on that. I’m glad your getting it checked out. Wheels for the kid. Now he’s really mobile!
IamDarren: Yeah he loves it. We made a track out in the silo so he has his own area to ride whenever he wants.
Terry1: Getting some heat, cinnamon?, on the tongue. I’m liking the sweet aroma. Still burning great. I might be feeling some nicotine. Closing in on the final third.
IamDarren: Same here, was just about to say that the spice was changing. I agree, its tasting like cinnamon. Pepper is almost completely gone. Will be interesting to see if it ramps up in the last third.
Terry1: Okay I’m starting to feel the nic. Definitely getting a tingle in my mouth. Still some sweetness and that charred oak note you mentioned.
IamDarren: Yeah, about an 1″ to 1.5″ left here. Flavors are still very pleasant but I can feel the strength creeping back up. I would say the second third was medium/full and now we are back in the full bodied range.
IamDarren: pepper has not made a comeback which is surprising
IamDarren: heating up now, getting that charred oak again, might have to end it soon if it turns bitter.
Terry1: Yeah very little pepper just that spicy heat in the mouth. About an inch left on mine.
IamDarren: Last couple puffs were a little unpleasant, I think im going to end mine here. Overall a great cigar though.
Terry1: I’m done on my end. No changes in the last third. Ready to rate.
IamDarren: I guess I really liked the complexity of this cigar. Some nice flavors and flavor changes.
Terry1: I’m torn on this cigar. I did enjoy the smoke but it’s not in my flavor wheelhouse. I’d recommend trying it. It did have good flavors and it only got some strength towards the end. Thanks for picking this one up. Glad to have tried it.
IamDarren: CAO has some pretty good blends (Brazilia, Flathead, etc.) so I figured it couldn’t be too bad.