I uncovered 2 of these way down in the humidor that I’d somewhat forgotten. A year ago they were somewhat forgettable, but they’ve matured nicely and now offer a more complex and interesting smoke. There’s leather and cedar with underlying raisins, cherries and dates. The excellent construction and consistent burn let me focus on the flavor and turned it into a very relaxing 45-60 minutes. Compare to RYJ Vintage cigars.
I was gifted a sampler of the CAO Black Storm and found them delicious. In the batch I had, each one started out peppery but then mellowed into a creamy, nutty smoke accompanied by a great aroma (said my gal), lots of smoke and a lengthy white ash. I wish I’d saved a couple for the humidor…but couldn’t help myself! Good construction, burn, overall enjoyment – they are all here.
I’ve tried the entire Black line and this is my favorite next to the CAO Black Bengal. Tastes a lot like the La Flor Dominicana line, but deeper and more complex. Roasted nuts flavor with spice on the finish is very satisfying. If the CAO Black Storm gets too hot I take the edge off with Guinness Stout or comparable selection. Medium body to go with medium-full flavor.
The CAO Black Storm is a good cigar at a great price. The one I had, had a few sun spots on the wrapper leaf but finished with a nicely rounded cap. A very loose draw and a ton of smoke on every puff. Slightly bitter with that classic cigar flavour. Not perfect, but the price is right.