Even with recent transitions within the CAO company, it appears that the core of their company has remained the same. The Italia is part of that core line of regular production cigars that has driven CAO to the name recognition they have today. While the history behind the cigar may not be as extensive as other cigars on the market, the CAO Italia is a cigar that seems to be in everyone's humidor.
CAO has a level of quality control that is unparalleled - evenly packed from head to foot with only the slightest bit of give at the foot. My pet peeve of improper band removal luckily was not even close to being present - the band removing with the slightest bit of effort. All in all - a very good performance so far!
Natural tobacco mixed with a high dose of black pepper ( which admittently, was almost overpowering at times ) with a slightly sweet, undefined undertone. Smooth cocoa mixed with a creamier overtone of earth, leather and a dash of what I can only suggest as cooking spice. Evenly balanced the flavors switched places for the main course, the intensity of each flavor ebbing and flowing into the next all with a coffee flavor haning over the mix.
I don't know what it is about CAO but they seem to find exactly what I am looking for each and every time. A pepper powerhouse that still contains that creamy coffee and earthy notes that make the Italia what it is - it is hard not to recommend this cigar to others. If you are a fan of the CAO line or are looking for a semi sweet yet wonderfully peppery cigar that wont break your pocket book, make sure to pick up your box from BuyDiscountCigars.com today!