Band from the CAO l'anniversaire MADURO
The planned Larry Holmes / Gerry Cooney event that was scheduled for Tuesday November 24th, 2009 was postponed due to the untimely illness of Larry Holmes. No date has been scheduled for this event and I will keep you updated with any news if and when the event is re-scheduled. In the meantime this reviewer was able to smoke the CAO 30th Anniversary Maduro cigar. I haven't smoked CAO cigars in quite a while so I figured I give this one a try.
From my research this cigar has been hailed as one of the best maduros made, the CAO l'anniversaire Maduro is a box pressed cigar with a rich full-flavored aroma . The CAO l'anniversaire series is world famous for being one of the first box pressed cigars ever made. More than a pioneer in appearance and construction, this cigar was also one of the first extremely high rated maduros. Several sizes in this line have earned ratings of 90 or better by Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider, a rare accomplishment for any cigar blend. This cigar is rolled at CAO's factory in Nicaragua with uncompromising detail.
The maduro I smoked was the Torpedo size. A wonderful maduro wrapper greeted me and the nose provided me with an earthiness with a hint of leather. The initial draw, once cut, provided more of the earthiness and leather that was present on the nose.
Once lit the cigar presented, in addition to the earthiness and hints of leather, a mild spiciness that was present through all thirds of the cigar. The ash was a nice grayish-black and hung on for a full inch and the burn was even. The spiciness became prominent on the last third and was a welcome enjoyment over the last cigar I smoked.
Overall the cigar didn't disappoint from the initial draw till I was down to the nub. I was wishing that the cigar could go on forever, which is a testament to CAO's attention to the quality that goes into their cigars. This is one full bodied cigar I would recommend to anyone who has at least one hour to devote to enjoying this wonderful cigar that surprisingly comes at an affordable price.
Well I could go on about this cigar but I will let those reading this try the CAO l'anniversaire Maduro and see what I have been raving about. The next event upcoming is the Monjure pipe event which takes place on Tuesday December 2nd, 2009 from 11am - 6pm at Barclay Rex 75 Broad Street, New York.