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CAO Flavours Moontrance Robusto Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, February 5, 2013
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CAO Flavours Moontrance Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×48 stick features an oily, dark chocolate wrapper with a firm dense pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, an oily satin feel and pungent sweet chocolate aroma. First light reveals a very poor start with an extremely tight draw, almost no smoke output and nothing but artificially sweet flavors form the coated tip. The first third shows the flavored tip almost completely worn away by just a few minutes in, leaving a snug but workable draw and minimal smoke output showing the mildest slightly sweet nutty tobacco flavors possible, almost nothing. 25 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, flavors change very little, dropping the sweetness just going to a dry gritty tobacco, stil very mild. Finishing it up at 45 minutes, the last third showed no further changes, proving it to be a very plain, mild blend. Thank you very much to viewer Chris Holtzer for providing me this stick for review!

  • pilotgridley

    I had some of the smaller cigarillo sized CAO flavors and those too had a very tight draw thanks to a knot in the upper portion of the cigar.

    • Ryan Maximus

      What cracks me up is the overall cigar snob attitude. Just because a person likes a flavored or aromatic cigar, they are labeled as noob smokers by the so called cigar officionado’s. Lol get a grip. Some people like aroma, or taste, and cant find the same enjoyment in smoking a cigar that smells like ordinary burning leaves, the way a cigar snob does. Some people enjoy a cigar that smells nice, and not like someone’s burning underwear. 😉

  • Emerald Irish

    You definitely got a bad stick, i have bought several boxes of these and have only ever had one or two duds. I buy these for when my newbie friends come over or if i basically want a desert cigar, so i can began to get them into the cigar smoking experience.
    This cigar normally tastes almost exactly like an almond joy candy bar, very artificial to be sure, but still packed with flavor. It does tend to have a fairly loose pack, which is a downfall, but in terms of flavor you sir have gotten a dud. I highly recommend you pick another one up and try again, or next time i buy a box, if you like i will send a few your way.

  • chc9470

    I have a feeling you got a bad stick. My friend only smokes those in his humidor he keeps it up to 75% humidity so maybe try storing it higher than normal.

  • benjammin94

    The outside is siclky sweet and I do agree they have a very tight draw. If the outside was not flavored the cigar would be very bland. Nothing special here.

  • Orrza

    Hi Bryan,
    I remember contacting you last year regarding this stick.
    I has a wonderful experience with this stick.

    As a pipe tobacco fan I really enjoyed this and really, after the artificial sweetness faded, I was left with really different flavored tobacco.

    I would hope you could try another one soon, I really believe this stick deserves a second chance.

  • MorganGeo

    Im smoking this one tonight that a buddy gave me. The draw is so tight that I’m not able to enjoy it. I’m not a big fan of the artificial sweetness. I agree that it may be marketed towards to new smokers. Very uneventful.

    • Orrza

      well, I guess some of them are indeed problematic.


  • Kace

    I have a box of these is the smaller size. About like a blondie in size. They are a fairly loose draw. I have had them for at least 7 years and have kept them in the box. Not sure if that has had anything to do with it. I smoke them every once in a blue moontrance when I have a sweet tooth.

  • Bigdave

    If they would kick up the flavors infused a few notches on this cigar it would be kick azz. I find it the same with all of CAO’s flavored line.

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