I’ve always been a CAO fan and have smoked these for MANY years. When anyone asks me what cigars they should start with I know I can steer them to CAO sticks like the CAO Gold Robusto and they’ll become life-long fans like I am. These medium-bodied and flavored stogies are delicious, like a great cup of coffee with a pile of toasted wheat bread, lots of butter. I enjoy full-bodied cigars too, but when I want to relax and not think about it too hard the CAO Gold Robusto is ideal.
I enjoy a cigar mid-morning sometimes and this one is just right. It is very smooth and mellow, but I wouldn’t call it bland. It has coffee notes with mild spice and a long, nutty finish and aftertaste. The ash hangs on an amazingly long time and the burn is razor sharp. The CAO Gold Robusto is my favorite mellow cigar next to the AVO Domaine.
If you like an even-tempered and reliable smoke that is mild or medium, then this one will surely please. The CAO Gold Robusto is constructed from high-quality tobaccos that offer good taste and fantastic ash. The flavors are subtle but satisfying if you take some time to reflect on them.
I love me some Gold! This stogie has everything I look for in my smokes. It lights really easy and the draw is very fluid without plugs or tightness. The taste is as smooth as it gets. I try mild to medium smokes from all the “big names” and this cigar ranks right at the top with the Mac’s and the Monte’s. I think it tastes most like a Cusano M1 Café Robusto, a cheap and delicious smoke.
I’ve enjoyed CAO Gold Robusto for a couple of years and find them to be fairly complex for a mild to medium smoke. I usually detect some pepper in the begging that mellows into woody notes with some leather, and finally into espresso and roasted nuts. In some sticks the end gets fairly spicy, but not always. Similar to Don Pepin Garcia My Father cigars, IMHO.