For this week’s group review we sat down to smoke the new CAO OSA Sol in a large ring gauge toro size (lot 54). One thing we could all agree on with this cigar is that it lacks complexity. With a vitola of this size there needs to be some flavor transitions to keep you interested, unfortunately the OSA Sol does not have them. What they say is true, it definitely fills the air with smoke, these are behemoth sticks. At over 1.5 hours this cigar’s flavor is earthy, earthy, and more earthy. So that is the bad, how about the good? Rock solid construction, beautiful wrapper, and slow burning. The OSA Sol has its place in the cigar world. This is a cigar that I feel is perfect for the bar or golf course where flavor transitions and complexity are not always of the utmost importance. Below you will find our ratings and the full text from our chat session. Thanks for reading!
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
Flavor and Taste: 13/20
Price Point: 5/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
IamDarren: Just got out the OSA. The wrapper is nice and oily. Packed really tight! There is a slight crease running the length of the stick.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has an earthy and musty smell, it is very sweet after cutting and drawing through it.
StraightUpCigars: Construction is solid, really good draw pre-light. Only small veins on the wrapper. Oily and looks great.
IamDarren: decent draw on mine. Not getting much on the cold draw.
Terry1: My OSA looks good to me. I like the band. Draw is good but I’m only picking up a generic tabacco note from it. Lighting up.
IamDarren: mild and earthy to start
IamDarren: good amount of smoke
Terry1: I got a blast of flavor on the first few puffs. Surprised me. Picking up the earth, wood, roasted nuts, maybe some citrus on the finish. Nice start.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I am gettind plenty of smoke off of this large vitola. Flavors are sweet earth and woody with some spice on the finish.
StraightUpCigars: Coordinates on the back of the band? Kinda cool!
IamDarren: Now getting some spice also. This one is picking up some habano flavors now.
IamDarren: nice and creamy though, I would call it medium bodied at this point.
Terry1: My draw is a little too loose for my liking. I feel like I’m drawing a lot of air through it and diluting the smoke some.
IamDarren: dang Terry, why do you always get the bad sticks! Mine is pretty good. I only clipped the very end of the stick though.
StraightUpCigars: I used a small cutter, so only the very end of mine is clipped too. My draw is good, but definitely on the loose side.
Terry1: It’s still smoking okay. Just a little on the loose side. I barely shaved the end off. If I had a punch I would have preferred that.
StraightUpCigars: I have medium bodied smoke with a buttery consistency. Cedar and cream flavor with some spice on the finish. Very good thus far.
IamDarren: mine is lacking a little complexity but overall enjoyable. With the price point on these I’m hoping for some flavor changes.
Terry1: I’m getting the cedar and citrus. The spice is building for me. The ash is solid looking and the burn is sharp.
StraightUpCigars: First ash just fell off. Construction is good. Burn even etc.
IamDarren: my ash just fell off in my lap…top.
StraightUpCigars: I hate it when that happens. They need smoker friendly laptops
Terry1: Beginning the second third. Not much to report on the OSA. Same flavors. Okay cigar but kind of ho hum so far.
IamDarren: yep, same here Terry.
IamDarren: my last CAO was the Brazilia, so far this one is not even coming close.
StraightUpCigars: I like this one, actually. The sweetness is coming back. Definitely not knocking my socks off, but a very solid cigar.
IamDarren: i would probably agree if I didn’t know the price point.
Terry1: I’m not getting the sweetness, just an earthy, woody, kind of sour flavor. Sweetness would be an improvement.
IamDarren: just a hint of sweetness on mine. Mostly earthy and woody, with a little habano spice on the finish.
Terry1: Yeah I agree Darren, for $5-$6 and that special wrapper leaf, I kind of expected more.
IamDarren: I kind of wonder if they are banking on the flavor from the wrapper and binder being enough, but i think the filler is lacking.
StraightUpCigars: What do you consider the body o be right now? Mine is medium bodied.
IamDarren: yeah, the spice i think puts it in the medium category still. Mine seems to be mellowing out more as i progress.
Terry1: I’d say mediuim. My draw is much better now and the cigar is producing plenty of creamy smoke. Flavors seem to come and go.
StraightUpCigars: This is a large cigar. Past the halfway point now.
StraightUpCigars: I would classify this as full strength. I can feel it pretty good, and I hardly ever do. What do you think Terry?
IamDarren: are we smoking the same cigar? i wish i felt something!
Terry1: I’d still say it’s medium. Not feeling it….yet. Maybe in the final third it’ll ramp up.
IamDarren: OK….. minus another point, just dropped another ash in my lap.
StraightUpCigars: Oooh, San Miguel has sumatra wrapper and is in a nice box pressed shape. It’s a looker!
IamDarren: +1 band came off nice and easy.
Terry1: My band came off easy to.
IamDarren: going into last third…..sill the same
StraightUpCigars: Rich earthy flavor with a just a hair of pepper flavor and some overlaying sourness. A little spice on the finish. Really no complexity on this smoke, but it has been a solid performer thus far, nonetheless.
IamDarren: it has burned, and produced smoke with some sweet earthy flavors, then some more earthy flavors, and going into the last third more earthy flavors.
IamDarren: its solid all right
StraightUpCigars: Smart ass
IamDarren: you can tell I was really missing this
Terry1: I’m about done with mine. Agree with both of you. Good construction but mild in flavor. No transistions. I didn’t get much in the way of strength either, medium at best. Good but not one I’d seek out again.
Terry1: I would smoke it again if I was given one.
IamDarren: touche, i think i will stick with the Brazilia.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, italia and brazilia are better.
IamDarren: we should add another rating category, “Would I buy a box”, “Would i smoke one if it was free”
Terry1: I need to try the Italia and the Brazilia. Haven’t had either.
StraightUpCigars: I still have a britalia I can’t get myself to smoke… $35 cigar.
IamDarren: I have a couple Brazilias left, try to remind me Terry and I will send you one.
StraightUpCigars: I love that review category!
StraightUpCigars: Well, this one officially stank up the house. Too big! I need to velcro the shower curatin to the doorway or something.
Terry1: It did last a long time. +1
IamDarren: lol, i hung a blanket over mine and turned on the air purifier.
StraightUpCigars: Ouch. I found this cigar to be lacking in complexity, but it has its place as a “golf” cigar with solid construction and long lasting.