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CAO America Potomac Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, August 28, 2011
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CAO America Potomac Cigar Review

This 5×56 stick features quite the decorative display, with very patriotic banding including a footband, a firm even feel and pack with a slightly toothy very oily robust wrapper consisting on mainly a maduro but with a slender striped lighter shade section running up like a barberpole. The aroma is oily hay and barnyard and it shows minimal veins with tight invisible seams beyond the stripes. First light reveals a perfect draw with plenty of thick rich smoke giving medium-full body flavors of a slightly sweet, oily earth with black pepper flavors but no spice. The finish is equally oily and rich, holding a smooth earth and pepper till the next draw. 20 minutes in the burn is a little uneven but not needing a touchup. Draw is still perfect and flavors have added a nice creamy roasted coffee, with the finish getting very parched and short. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors shift to a smoother, sweet creamy coffee with a longer ficnish dropping the earth and pepper. It required one small touchup to even the burn. Ending at 1 hour the last third showed no more transitions, although the burn did continue a slow progression to one side. Thank you very much to viewer Owen Johnson for generously providing this sample for review!

  • chris cole

    Just had one of these and it was nothing but problems. I was not able to to draw any smoke at first. It had uneven parts that were some hard and others spongy. It seemed to be to be clogged at the tip so I ended up cutting a little into it about a half inch I would say. But no luck so i started kinda of trying to knead it and by doing this the wrapper that looked so cool started to come of in pieces. It never was able to have a good draw. But was able to be smoked but so after struggling with it for about a half an hour i just gave up on it. I am hoping it was just that one because i have a few more and everyone says these are great. O well the rest will sit a while and i will try again.

  • Bpope31

    A great cigar for the 4th of July. Had 1 a while ago and don’t really remember much about it. Sounds like it’d be something I would enjoy enough to have more than once a year. CAO is one of the first brands I smoked and I have enjoyed them all. Thanks for the review!

  • stevenknisley

    i consider this to be one of the best cigars I have smoked.

    • Derek

      It’s definitely up there for me too. Can’t go wrong with a Brazilia either.

  • MorganGeo

    This is a smoke I enjoy a lot. I usually reserve this one for holidays. Mainly Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc. ;p

    On CI, I got them on the Whack-A-Deal game for $19.99. That is not bad at all!

    I have seen them on Cigar Monster for around $28 I believe. In my opinion, this a great bargain as well.

  • Boucher207

    I have to say, ive never been dissapointed with anything from CAO.

  • Boucher207

    Bryan, with these sticks with multiple wrappers, do you ever find the tar increases to the point where it can ruin the cigar experience?

  • dbfr181

    Nice review been meaning to try this one out. Mostly everyone here seemed to enjoy it.

  • eric.hanson

    This is one of the best CAOs I’ve ever had. Considering I can get hem for less than $4 a stick I’d also say it’s a great buy!

  • USA2ndAmendment

    I just bought one of these today from my local shop. I am going to smoke it on the 4th of July!

  • Bigdave

    I’m breaking out some of these tonight. Happy 4th everyone!! 🙂

  • Joshua Goodsell

    I smoked one of these that my girlfriend had mailed me on a net barge in a remote part of Alaska early in the morning on the 4th of July in 2014. Loved it, it made my day.

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