CAO OSA Sol - An Excellent Smoke at An Excellent Price - Buy Discount Cigars
Size: 5 x 50 Wrapper: Olancho San Agustin (Honduran) Binder and Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf, Nicaraguan, Honduran Strength: Medium Price: $95.50 a box of 25 at www.BuyDiscountCigars.com
Behind The Stick:
With the semi-recent acquizition of CAO by General Cigar and while there may still be mixedemotions, General has reported that they will do the best they can to keep the spirit of CAOalive and well and I have to admit that in my opinion, so far - so good. You may be wondering,like I did, what the OSA stands for - it is actually for the wrapper. Well the Olancha SanAugstin region of Honduras where the wrapper is grown at least. The wrapper is also sungrown,adding to the 'Sol' in the title of this cigar. Onto the important parts - lets see how thiscigar smokes!
Not going to lie, this is one good looking smoke. The paper bag brown colored wrapper does havea few splotchy colored spots, but rather than giving me something to worry about, it appears tobe more of colors picked up during natural fermentation. Minimal veins, in a few samples I hadto squint and examine the cigar just to see a few. Evenly packed throughout with a firm foot, awell placed cap and a slight shine from the tobacco oils - this is a cigar that screams to besmoked. Hell - even my pet peeve with band removal was completed without any issues. AlrightGeneral Cigars - you have my attention.
Right from the start the CAO OSA Sol gives you a healthy dose of earth and musk - the first thought I had when tasting this cigar was that it reminded me of the forest. The mud, wood, slightly dampsmell that you might experience in the forest after a light rain - imagine that in a flavor andyou'd be right about on target. There is a mild sweetness to the smoke as well, which assists inbalancing out the bitter earth on the medium to long finish. This flavor profile pretty muchholds solid until the 2nd half, which then rounded out earth, picked up some cedar and just adash of pepper. Although not the most complex of cigars, the flavors were solid, definable andcrisp.
You all know I am a fan of the old CAO, and yes - perhaps - it may just be a figment of ourmemories now, the name and 'spirit' has been kept alive through General Cigars. The name may beon a respirator still, but I think we just saw the big toe twitch a little. The CAO OSA Sol is asolid cigar - not an extremely complex or 'wow' cigar but just for the price thisis the type of cigar I could see someone putting into there regular rotation. If the flavor profile described is something you read and your eyes lit up,grabbing a couple goes without saying - but - if you read that and thought 'well that doesn'tsound good at all', don't write it off the list just yet and at least give it the old collegetry! If you have had the pleasure of smoking one, please let me know your thoughts!
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