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Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Flathead V19 Camshaft Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Flathead V19 Camshaft

“This was a good cigar but it was pretty one dimensional. For the full bodied fan, this is a decent pick, but for the Smoker who likes them mild this might be a turn off. I’d smoke another one but won’t run out to pick up a box. ” -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

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Quick Cigar Review: CAO | Orellana Score 86%

Quick Cigar Review: CAO | Orellana

So, I’ll start by saying I don’t recall ever having any of the other Amazon blends from CAO. I have, though, seen people rave about these blends for several years now. What I can say is this cigar had a great beginning, that first third was great. Unfortunately the cigar seemed to fall down on itself. The flavors dwindled until the bitterness formed at the end. The body and the strength of the cigar seemed to dwindle the same. The cigar loved to burn, even it was wavy at all times. The draw was excellent with my v-cut. If you’re a fan of this line of CAO Amazon limited releases you definitely have to add it to your list; you’ve already got so much invested into it. For me, though, that first third was the highlight of the cigar. After that the cigar just started fading. Fortunately that first third burned almost as long as the last two combined, for a total of a two hour smoke.

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Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Nicaragua Granada Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Nicaragua Granada

“This is a cigar I would smoke any day. If you are looking for a nicely flavored cigar without any pepper this would be a great smoke. The earthiness along with the smooth and creamy profile was very pleasant. There was a great blend of coffee, cocoa, hint of leather, baking spices and leafy floral. I really enjoyed this and recommend this cigar for any level of cigar smoker. ” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Zacalo Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Zacalo

” It started off as a tasty cigar, however it plateaued about halfway through into a steady flavor profile. The back half remained a pleasant profile but lacked complexity. Draw, construction, and burn were exceptional for this sample considering the size. Not something I’d run and grab every day but definitely smoke one here and there when I crave a large stick. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

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Cigar News: CAO Announces Pan Am Virtual Tour With Rick Rodriguez

CAO has announced a virtual tour of the Pan American highway from April to December 2018 with Master Blender Rick Rodriguez. His online trek will start go from North America to Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande at Nuevo Laredo. Here the Pan Am highway became known in Spanish as the Autopista and connects to many countries to the South.

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Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Amazon Anaconda Score 88%

Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Amazon Anaconda

“Long story short, it was OK. Short story not so short, the first two thirds were tasty, and seemed to be cohesive. The final third just failed in my estimation. The flavors were unpleasant and harsh. If this cigar could have continued the same flavor profile, I would have rated it much higher. ” -Matthew T. (A Huge Nerd)

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Top 25 – 2015

Voting Process

Each of our 16 panelists were given 10 votes to cast. Our list is made up of cigars that were RELEASED in 2015. The cigars that are eligible do not have to have been reviewed on Blind Man’s Puff, but the panelist must have smoke it at some point themselves.

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