This legendary double corona from CAO is as good as advertised. Been a favorite for a long time. They are smooth and medium-bodied with enough zest to keep them very interesting. This longer cigar starts out like toasted nutbread then progresses in the second half to something bolder, but still smooth, with more cedar and mild pepper.
I noticed fruity citrus in the cold draw, with some hay. The lit stogie offered roasted peanuts that started mild and then got zestier, which I found mouth-watering. By the second half I was ready for a big more energy from the cigar and I got it. There’s some kick to this one in the last couple of inches, so if that’s what you like, don’t put it down too soon.
Right off the light I noticed creamy vanilla and a hint of peanuts. The flavor didn’t chance so much as intensified. It got deeper, more delicious, without becoming harsh. Slight burn issues in the second half but they were manageable. It’s twice the size but reminded me of a Nub Connecticut. I’ll buy a box next time,these are hard to find now.
The Ecuadorian wrapper was tasty, but had minor flaws and a sizable vein. Beyond that, I enjoyed this medium smoke that tastes like a Perdomo Estate Vintage 1991. It has that same depth and complexity of flavor that remains totally smooth. Look for bread, espresso, cedar and leather, in that order.
Nicely rolled stogie has a good-looking wrapper with small veins but nothing obnoxious. The flavor is mild to medium and slightly sweet, like coffee with just a little sugar, no cream. It became stronger, like espresso, as I smoked past the band, but it remained smooth and not bitter.