Review of CAO Fuma Em Corda Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
CAO's Fuma Em Corda cigars are being released during June 2017. These are limited edition cigars that will never be re-released, and are available in only two sizes. The Robusto (5 x 50) priced at $8.99 per single is sold only by brick and mortar cigar stores, and the Toro (6 x 58) priced at $10.49 per cigar is only available online and through catalog cigar retailers.
CAO Fuma Em Corda cigars are made with a blend of rare Brazilian tobaccos along with Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers, Cameroon binders, and Honduran Colorado wrappers. You can read more about these cigars, including the unusual tobacco fermentation process using ropes, in General Cigar's official press release.
Based upon smoking just one sample on the day after it was obtained, my initial impressions of the CAO Fuma Em Corda cigar are very favorable. The body was medium-to-full, and the cigar had an unique deep but mellow spicy flavor at the start, followed by an almost tea-like taste. The smoke then became really smooth and enjoyable, with notes of leather and spice. This cigar reminded me a little of some of those early Foundry brand cigars made with non-traditional tobaccos, but this one is not quite that unusual.
The Robusto took me an hour to smoke down to two inches remaining, which is generous for a cigar that size. The cigar held a medium-to-long ash and had a mostly even burn, but one touch-up light was applied after 20 minutes, then a relight was needed about 15 minutes later. The cigar had a great draw and provided a nice volume of smoke (except just prior to the relight). I initially rate the CAO Fuma Em Corda Robusto between 4 and 4.25 points on a 5-point scale, which is subject to adjustment after more cigars have been sampled over a period of time.
By the way, in place of a paper band, the cigar was dressed with a piece of tobacco leaf that was tightly rolled up to resemble a cord, then tied around the body of the cigar. Just for the heck of it, I took off the cord-band and then fired it up. I was rewarded with a sweet and pleasant aroma of what I can only describe as being tobacco-incense. Try it yourself and see what I mean.