Up for review this week is the CAO Havana Daydreamin. This is a brand new cigar released at IPCPR this year. The wrapper leaf is nearly veinless and the draw is perfect after cutting. Once lit up it is very mild bodied, but with plenty of flavor. We tasted sweet cedar with a pleasant spice. Overall, this mild/medium cigar didn’t offer any big surprises, but the flavor was delicious. We think this will be a hit among new smokers and those looking for an easy to smoke cigar. Recommended!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
StraightUpCigars: This CAO Havana Daydreamin has a very strong earthy smell to it. It’s got a perfect draw after cutting and a nearly vein-less wrapper leaf.
Terry1: The wrapper is smooth. Looks well constructed but a little bumpy from the binder. Draw is perfect with a cedary note.
Terry1: Ready to light up. This is the first I’ve seen of this cigar. Do you know anything about it?
StraightUpCigars: All I know is it’s a brand new IPCPR release, maybe not for sale yet, I’ll have to check.
Terry1: Does the band say Margaritaville in the orange area? That’s suggests a tie in to Jimmy Buffet.
StraightUpCigars: It does. Had to hold a light to it to tell.
StraightUpCigars: You a Buffet guy?
Terry1: No, I just know that song.
StraightUpCigars: Same here. His music is definitely overplayed. I’ll try not to let that affect my review
Terry1: I’m too wound up to relax on a beach all day. Boredom is bad.
StraightUpCigars: Lol, I can relax there… as long as I have a heavyuty road and reel nearby!
Terry1: Initial puffs are quite good! Smooth vanilla with a splash of spice. A little dry on the palate.
StraightUpCigars: Pretty delicious start, sweet, earthy, and creamy with some spice.
StraightUpCigars: Glad to hear it! I have several family members that have had them, always turns out for the better. Yeah, I bet it’s tough being a one-man show!
StraightUpCigars: I looked up more info, these are available for pre-order only. They are a Buffet licensed cigar. Nicaraguan filler and Ecuadoran wrapper.
Terry1: Ash just fell off at a half inch. Luckily it was in the ashtray and not my lap.
Terry1: It looked like a Connecticut wrapper. So far I’m liking it.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, Connie seed from Ecuador
Terry1: Producing lots of smoke. I like how each puff starts with a little sweetness to it then you get a mild spice in the sinus.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed. I like the flavor a lot better when I rest it, if I puff too much it wants to turn bitter on me.
Terry1: I haven’t had the bitterness yet on mine. Burn is dead even. Seems to be burning fast. Maybe it’s just the robusto size.
StraightUpCigars: I agree, it’s burning quick. I removed the secondary band already, just in case I get forgetful
StraightUpCigars: Getting a rich cedar and earth flavor as the main course right now.
StraightUpCigars: Still firmly in the mild bodied category, though.
Terry1: Box price on these are reasonable. About $4.50 per cigar. Getting some of that cedar you mentioned. Spice is becoming more noticeable.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, not bad. The pre-order is 20 cigars for $90. That leads me to believe it’ll be $6 in a b&m and $3ea on cbid.
StraightUpCigars: The band is really cheesy to me, and the orange-on-red is almost unreadable. Not the best marketing, IMO.
Terry1: Yeah I agree. I don’t mind the overall color. But I hate the name and the length of it. I just don’t associate Buffet with Cuba.
Terry1: Amazing how the taste changes with how fast you smoke this cigar. If you are a slow smoker you’ll get a lot of sweetness. Smoke it fast and the pepper ramps up with a touch of bitterness.
StraightUpCigars: Definitely. When I double puff I get the bitterness on the second puff. I suspect this has something to do with these cigars being young.
Terry1: Interesting thought. A little age may smooth out the bitterness.
StraightUpCigars: I think so. I’m guessing the goal of this one was to be super mild… the target audience seems to be the random cigar smoker.
Terry1: I’m thinking it’s a little above mild. I’m not a fan of the Connecticut grassiness you usually get. This cigar doesn’t seem have that. Maybe the Nicaraguan filler is masking it. Either way it’s a cigar I’d try again. I like the mild pepper it has. Adds a little oomph to the cigar.
StraightUpCigars: I could settle on mild-medium. I do like the flavor profile and think this one will find its niche. Definitely an interesting combo, Nic filler with a mild wrapper. Cool idea, and it’s going to pay off I think.
Terry1: No complexity to this one thou. Flavors have remained about the same but what it does deliver is enjoyable.
StraightUpCigars: Completely agreed. I’ve got my nit-picks, but it’s good.
Terry1: I have about an inch left and I’m not sure if it’s young or heating up but I get a bit of a licorice note now.
StraightUpCigars: I’m at exactly the same point, and it’s taking on the same tangy-richness like a licorice.
StraightUpCigars: Have you checked out the homepage? I’m hoping that featuring articles for the novice will bring in the new viewers we need. We’ve been stagnant for years.
Terry1: Yeah I’ve liked the articles. Always good to attract the new smoker. They’re the ones searching for information.
StraightUpCigars: I hope you’re right. I need a motivation boost. The stagnation and change to Google’s page ranking (traditional ads hurt your page rank now, so no website will pay us for advertising anymore) has sucked life outta me. The site was a loss last year for the first time in a long time. Will be again this year.
Terry1: Sorry to hear that. We’ve been doing this a lot longer than I thought we would. Hopefully the site will at least pay for itself.
Terry1: I’m done. I can rate when you are ready.
StraightUpCigars: I agree, and I don’t want to give the impression that I’m giving up anytime soon. It only costs $150/year and I’m paid up 3 years in advance It was just way more motivating in years past when it brought in a few hundred on top.
StraightUpCigars: I still look forward to every Tuesday and it’s a lot of fun. I just hope to see those Benjamins too
Terry1: I’d agree. I look forward to Tuesday too.
StraightUpCigars: I liked the flavor profile a lot. Very smokeable, but without any surprises. Great construction and a beautiful wrapper leaf. I think this one will be a success, and recommend it.
Terry1: I’d recommend trying this cigar if you are looking for a mild cigar with some decent flavors. I will be buying a 5 pack when they are available. I think you are right with these being on the young side. I’m curious if a few more months of rest will improve the flavors.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I’m glad you pointed that out, these will only get better. CAO is on to something here.
Terry1: Thank you for sending me the cigar. It was enjoyable. CAO may have a hit here.