Review of CAO Bones Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
CAO Bones cigars were released by General Cigar during August 2020. This cigar is made in Nicaragua with Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos, a Connecticut Shade binder, and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. These cigar are available in four sizes, each named after a classic game of dominoes. The Chicken Foot Robusto (5” x 54), priced at $7.49 per cigar, was sampled for this review. Boxes containing 20 cigars come with two standard 16mm dice, and are outfitted with a felt-covered inside lid which is a suitable surface for playing dice. For more information, please refer to General Cigar's press release.
The sample CAO Bones Robusto began with an earthy flavor along with just a very modest amount of pepper. After the first five minutes, the pepper was barely noticeable. After an additional five minutes, the cigar became much smoother as the body lightened up just a bit, but was still within the medium-to-full range. The flavor was enjoyable, but not very complex nor distinctive (which is not necessarily a bad thing). There's not really anything to dislike about this smoke, and the cigar does not have any obvious flaws. This is one of those sticks that is just simply good.
The CAO Bones Robusto was well made and had a very easy draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 45 minutes that it took me to smoke down to 1½ inches remaining. The cigar was smooth and pleasing, and not at all overpowering, making it a great choice for mainstream cigar smokers. I rate it with a favorable 4 points on a 5-point scale. More experienced cigar connoisseurs looking for a cigar with a bit more personality may prefer the CAO Pilon Robusto, which sells for the same price.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.