CAO Pilon – Cigar Review

The CAO Pilon cigar is named after a fermentation method – round pilons.  This method is said to ferment slower and improve flavor on tobacco leaves.  The Pilon has a nice looking wrapper leaf and good draw after cutting.  The cold draw has a cedar flavor.  Once lit up, we tasted a nice mix of chocolate, cedar, and earth with a hint of pepper and spice.  Overall, we liked the flavor and the construction was solid.  It’s also fairly priced.  Nothing about it stood out, even though it has a very enticing description online.  Nonetheless, we think it’s a solid cigar that delivers in all categories.
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 46/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 47/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 45/50

7:36 PM
StraightUpCigars: Checking out the CAO Pilon cigar, it’s got a nice looking wrapper leaf and perfect draw. Getting chocolate on the cold draw.
7:36 PM
IamDarren: Other than being a little large i love the band. Simple, elegant, says not only the name of the cigar but the size, blender, wrapper, binder and filler.
7:37 PM
Terry1: My CAO Pilon feels soft to me. It has a nice draw with some cedar and walnut on the cold draw. Like the barnyard aroma off the wrapper.
7:37 PM
IamDarren: Nice draw on mine as well. Getting a mix of cedar and walnut on mine as well.
7:37 PM
Terry1: Let’s light ’em up!
7:37 PM
IamDarren: reaching for the torch
7:40 PM
IamDarren: great, looks like we are right in the path of the storm. Hail possible.
7:41 PM
Terry1: By the way the festival was a lot of fun. Met Christian Eiroa this year. Got a big bag of cigars. Tried lots of liquor and beer. And this year was the first time it didn’t rain on us.
7:43 PM
Terry1: Nice sweetness right off the bat mixed with some earth and pepper. Good start.
7:44 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m getting sweet chocolate, nuts, and some pepper. Pretty tasty start.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: Mine is sweet and creamy, hint of chocolate and spice.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: Glad you had fun Terry! And glad they weren’t skimpy on the free cigars
7:46 PM
Terry1: Yeah they had about 40 cigars in the bag. I purchased another 40 during the show.
7:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s awesome Terry! Were there any other cigar celebs there?
7:48 PM
IamDarren: We just started getting hail… Safe on the porch for now
7:50 PM
Terry1: Oh yeah. I met Tom Lazuka (Asylum), Raphial Nodel (Boutique Blends) and Omar deFriaz (Fratello). Not sure of those spellings. There were supposed to be a lot more but they didn’t show up.
7:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s sucks, hopefully it’s not big.
7:53 PM
IamDarren: had to move to the other side of the porch. Wind came up and was starting to get wet.
7:53 PM
Terry1: Darren you are going to kick yourself for not going this year. AJ Fernandez had a limited edition cigar there. 100 boxes of 10 just for this festival. There was only about 30 boxes left when I found his booth. I had to buy one. Not sure what it is but it’s got a very dark wrapper on it.
7:54 PM
IamDarren: Well thanks for picking one up, you rock!
7:55 PM
IamDarren: AJ knows how to ferment and age a maduro.
7:58 PM
Terry1: I’m curious to try it. Maybe in a week of two after they have rested a bit.
7:58 PM
IamDarren: Pilon is treating me well. Picking up some richness. Cedar is getting more earthy. Still mostly nutty and sweet.
8:00 PM
StraightUpCigars: Just read up on this cigar, it’s interesting: “A standard tobacco pilon is basically a pile of tobacco ‘hands,’ which are 10-15 tobacco leaves tied together, that are allowed to heat up and ferment. With a circular pilon the hands are carefully layered in a circular pattern, with the payoff being that the tobacco ferments at a slower rate which enhances the flavor.”
8:02 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine has lost that initial sweetness and is now earthy and cedary with a faint bit of pepper.
8:02 PM
Terry1: The Pilon is tasting good right now for me. Plenty of smoke. Creamy sweetness with the cedar and mild spice are the notes I’m picking out. Burn is even. I’m going to have to take this huge band off soon.
8:03 PM
IamDarren: just took mine off. Was glued well but pulled apart easily.
8:04 PM
Terry1: Mine came off easily. The band was hiding a crack in the wrapper. Hopefully that doesn’t spread.
8:06 PM
Terry1: Got a cigar called Cattle Baron. It was blended to be paired with steaks. Interesting concept. I’ll have to grill one up and try it out.
8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol, that’s a funny concept.
8:07 PM
IamDarren: My dream cigar! Pair it with a nice slab of meat
8:08 PM
IamDarren: puff puff, chew
8:08 PM
StraightUpCigars: Hadd a good smoke-out this weekend with shrimp, trout, and bacon. Smoked bacon is the shit.
8:09 PM
Terry1: Sounds great!
8:09 PM
IamDarren: A local business had a big customer appreciation meal last week. They hired someone to smoke a whole hog. I had some meat pulled from the belly and it was SO GOOD.
8:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’ve been lucky enough to attend a couple of whole hog roasts before – it’s the greatest thing on earth. So primal.
8:11 PM
IamDarren: Especially when they just gut it and lay the whole hog on the smoker. They sliced the skin back and you walked up and pulled some off.
8:12 PM
IamDarren: Personally, i think when they pull it before hand and it sits for very long it gets dry and ruins it.
8:13 PM
IamDarren: i crossed the halfway mark. Mine is getting stronger. Chocolate note is now dominant with some spice and a little pepper on the finish.
8:14 PM
Terry1: Burn line made it to the bottom of the crack and the cigar is swelling. The crack is a little longer but it looks like it stopped at a vein in the leaf. Flavors are about the same. Enjoying the cigar.
8:17 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is still earthy and cedary, pepper comes in bold every couple of puffs.
8:23 PM
Terry1: Burn caught up with the crack. Cigar is looking good again. Feeling some nicotine now. Not as sweet. Getting more of the earth and cedar you mentioned.
8:25 PM
IamDarren: so was there any talk about the new regulations at the festival?
8:26 PM
Terry1: Surprisingly none. Everyone I talked to seemed optimistic.
8:27 PM
StraightUpCigars: REALLY?!?! Huh.
8:28 PM
IamDarren: Im sure the industry doesn’t want people to get scared. Business as usual.
8:29 PM
IamDarren: starting to get more spice and pepper in the last third now. Making the tongue tingle a little.
8:29 PM
StraightUpCigars: My boss (a cigar smoker) asked me the other day “are you going to keep reviewing cigars when there’s only 50 to choose from?”.
8:30 PM
IamDarren: i can’t help but think there will be a huge rush to get all the new blends to market. We will have new cigars running out our ears for awhile.
8:31 PM
IamDarren: You should write an article for the site Matt. That should draw in some people.
8:31 PM
Terry1: Nothing new is what I’m afraid of. Right now it is business as usual with all the new blends but in two years there could be some major changes to this industry as today’s new blends drop out of the market.
8:32 PM
IamDarren: Mabye ask for opinions. I would sponsor a giveaway.
8:34 PM
StraightUpCigars: Only problem is I know as much as the next guy. I doubt manu’s would open up about this. I’ll think on it. Good idea.
8:38 PM
IamDarren: I am a little sad about it. In the last 5 years we have seen an industry with (in my opinion) a handful of premium cigars and a bunch of cheap yard gars really expand and now we have been reviewing a ton of really good new cigars from small botiques. I was really liking where the industry was headed.
8:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: I actually just finished my smoke up. That sweet chocolate never came back, but I liked the flavor until the end.
8:41 PM
Terry1: I’m done too. Good flavors to the nub. Did get a little hot for me in the last inch.
8:42 PM
IamDarren: finishing up here too. Still a great cigar. Flavors changed and it picked up strength but it was still good.
8:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: Real good cigar, liked the earthy/cedar/pepper flavor, just one burn correction for me. This is an easy one to recommend.
8:47 PM
Terry1: Good flavorful cigar. Didn’t get too strong. Except for the crack I had the construction was good. Good price point. I would recommend this cigar.
8:47 PM
IamDarren: agreed, its not going to make you say WOw, but its very good and not too strong so most people can smoke it. As long as it is consistent from one to the next i would buy more.
8:48 zPM
StraightUpCigars: Good summary. Nothing to really knock with this one, but nothing exceptional either.
8:49 PM
IamDarren: my favorite cigars are the consistent ones. Most CAO cigars i have had are usually very consistent.

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