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America Monument by CAO

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Price – Submitted by Famous Smoke Shop for review ($6.99/stick, 5 pack – $22.91)
Buy the CAO America at Famous!
Beverage – Bottled Water
Size – 6 1/4 X 54 (Torpedo)
Strength – Demi/Sly (2.5/4)
Rating – Sabotage (6/10)

Composition:
Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf/Shade (Barber Pole)
Binder – Brazil
Filler – Nicaragua/US/Dominican/Italy

First thing you will notice about America Monument is the awesome barber pole wrapper adorned with the beautiful stars and stripes of the American Flag. Here are my thoughts:

1) Excellent burn, construction, and draw. For newer guys, it can be tricky to know exactly where to cut on a torpedo, just make sure it looks like you can draw out of it is always my advice.

2) Billed as full body cigar and is an assessment with which I agree for most smokers.

3) Flavor wise I found it to be peppery at points, leathery, with a little coffee

4) Smoke time was one hour and thirty minutes

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes

I love the theme of this cigar with the stars and stripes coupled with the fact that is uses US tobacco. This is not an overly complex cigar or even a value cigar at $7. However, the barber pole wrapper is unique and cool. Additionally, this is a fuller body cigar that is still smooth and easy to smoke.

Buy the CAO America at Famous!

Until next time friends!

LX2 by CAO Cigars

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Price – Submitted by Famous Smoke Shop for review (5 pack for $25.99 @ Famous)
Beverage – Bottled Water
Size – Toro (6 X 50)
Strength – Demi/Sly (2.5/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Tale of the tape:
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan/Dominican

Believe it or not, this is only the second CAO cigar I have smoked. What makes it even crazier is my cousin was a CAO rep for years, so go figure. I pull out the LX2 for a smoke and the wrapper looked like it had been dipped in mustard, yellow cello, I was excited. Here are my thoughts:

1) Decent burn, excellent draw, and good construction overall.

2) This is a borderline Sly cigar for me and I would recommend some food prior to firing this up for all smokers. If you are a newer smoker, you might want to hit up a Brazilian steakhouse before firing this up.

3) I tasted some pepper, some creaminess, and some of that wheaties taste that I had mentioned while smoking the Jailbreak.

4) My smoke time was one hour and thirty-five minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

The LX2 was a solid smoke and at $5/stick, the decision to smoke one of these quickly becomes a no brainer. If you’re looking for a stouter cigar with good flavor that won’t break the bank, grab a fiver.

Until next time friends!

CAO cigars available from Famous Smoke Shop

CAO Brazilia Amazon Basin

Price – Free

Beverage – Coffee w/ Cream

Rating – Arnold’s Governorship

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Sometimes in life you will have those days where something happens and you’re like man, what a coincidence, yesterday was one of those days. Our boy “Papa” Jon Stolz posted a message on our facebook page asking if we would do a review on the CAO Amazon, a limited edition offshoot of CAO’s most popular blend.

So I walk into Hollywood Smokes, a nice hookah and cigar establishment in Tinley Park, IL and my guy Hussein says that I have to try this new cigar he just received. Hussein walks me over to the humidor and says “you have to try this CAO, it reminds me of the UF-13 and I thought of you when I got it”. I thought to myself well crap, if this isn’t fate, I don’t know what is. My exact response to Hussein was “Well I’ve heard that before” (Read Drew and mine’s review of the Chisel II by LFD) and I said well the only proper thing left to do in this situation is to fire this bad boy up and see what it’s all about.

I will start off by saying that I have never smoked a CAO cigar prior to the Amazon, but had seen a couple guys mention it on Cigar Dojo, so I figured it might be at least decent. I get my coffee and I’m smoking the Amazon and I’m thinking well this isn’t so bad and it actually looks cool with the tobacco strands or whatever wrapped around it. It’s a full body cigar, but I wouldn’t say it’s over the top strong, kind of reminded of the Julius Ceasar by Diamond Crown in strength and the fact the taste never really changed.

As I wrapped up the cigar and began to reflect on it, I would say this is an average cigar at best. Hussein was generous enough to allow me to try it for free since it was his recommendation and I thank him for that. As a disclaimer, I did smoke an Ashton VSG earlier in the evening on a long car ride home, so it is possible my taste buds were a bit spoiled. My final verdict is that it’s not even in the same universe as a UF-13, but it’s not a bad cigar to give a shot, however the San Cristobal Papagayo is similar strength, better tasting, and $3 cheaper. The biggest questions I always ask myself are would I smoke it again and/or give it humidor real estate and the answer is no on both, especially at $11.

I’d like to get some feedback if anyone else has tried this cigar. Many thanks to Papa Jon for his recommendation, keep them coming!