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CAO Concert Stage Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, October 7, 2012
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CAO Concert Stage Cigar Review

This 5.5×60 stick features a very firm dark chocolate mottled wrapper with a slight tooth and oil sheen, minimal veins, tight seams, double cap and oily mild chocolate and earth aroma. First light reveals unfortunately a shoulder that completely separated, but it’s smoking ok. Flavors are a mild-medium slightly sweet grass with a long oily finish. The first third performs fine, showing the same flavor profile from the start, just continuing the plain mildish experience. The 2nd third hits the 1/2 way point 40 minutes in, dropping the ash in a solid chunk. Flavors remain unchanged. Ending at 1:15 the whole cigar proved to be very consistent. Thank you to General Cigar for providing this sample to me at the 2012 IPCPR show!

  • JJO

    Interesting… I’ve read that this is actually the ‘C’ stick from the “Last Stick Standing” promotion, but your review of the prototype sounded a lot better. Maybe if I find this in a smaller ring gauge…

    • I actually talked to them about that – no, it isn’t but they did do something with the winner – I can’t remember what specifically off hand though.

      • JJO

        Yeah, Stogie Guys said “with a few tweaks”. Didn’t see that (or it didn’t register) the first time I read that post. 😉 Seems like they tweaked it quite a bit to leave that different an impression on your palate.

  • pittjitsu

    Bryan, this stick sounds so blah and boring that it’s inspired me to go look at some pipes that are for sale. Quick, someone get me a Padron 64 so I can come to my senses!

  • rsamberg

    I recently smoked the corona and it was full flavored, spicy and medium plus bodied. I do have a 5.5 x 60. I’ll check it out today. Go Big Blue!!

  • chief791

    This is disappointing. This was one of the sticks i was really looking forward to coming out of CAO this year. I’m not a big fan of the grassy flavor.

    • The other sizes, specifically the smaller ones might be better. Unfortunately this year at the show I was only able to attend on Sunday, the last day, and all they had were the big ones left.

  • dgrambo

    Sweet grass.. ugh. Pass. Hoping for another winner from CAO, guess not. Well I do like the new OSA in robusto. Thanks Brian!

  • micah

    Too bad the solo size doesn’t measure up. The Amp size is delicious! Very earthy, pepper on the first third then deep chocolate till the end. Very enjoyable cigar.

  • JavaJunkie

    Well, I did just finish smoking the Concert Stage. The aroma was unusual. The 1st half, as you said was mild to medium with not much flavor change. The ash fell off in a solid chunk about halfway thru. The 2nd half began to develop a small but noticeable change in flavors with some nut and dry pepper coming thru and turned from mild to medium to medium to full with some added strength. The construction was excellent and the burn even throughout. Thus giving me faith in the bigger ring gauges. The smoke output was excellent as well. I need that to feel I’m actually “smoking” and smoked it to the nub. And you have to admit, the band is way cool shaped as a guitar pick with the guitars on both sides and the words “Perfect Harmony”

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