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Review of CAO Arcana Firewalker Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Firewalker is the second in a series of CAO Arcana cigars. These cigars are made in Nicaragua with Nicaraguan fillers and binder, and an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. An archaic Chincagre method of aging was applied to the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos used in Firewalker's blend. To find out more about the Chincagre method, please refer to the press release. CAO Arcana Firewalker cigars are available in one limited edition size measuring 6½ x 56, and are priced at $11.99 per cigar. These cigars were released in February 2022.

Right from the start, the sample CAO Arcana Firewalker cigar delivered a generous volume of smoke and had a great draw. The body started off in the medium range, but edged up a bit to medium-plus (3+ on a 5-scale) after 15 to 20 minutes. It was at this point that I removed the very large band from the cigar.

The initial flavors were a mellow earthy taste accompanied by a modest amount of spice along with some natural tobacco sweetness. After almost 10 minutes into the cigar, a woodsy taste entered into the mix, and the combination of flavors was well balanced and very enjoyable.

After about 40 minutes into the cigar, the wood flavor started to become more predominate until the cigar went out five minutes later. After the one (and only) relight during the entire duration of the 75-minute smoking session, the woodsy taste backed off just a bit and the flavors regained a near-perfect balance.

I enjoyed the CAO Arcana Firewalker cigar all the way down to just 1½ inches remaining. All throughout the smoke, the cigar had a perfect draw, held a long ash, and maintained an even burn. No touch-ups were needed (but one relight after 45 minutes).

The CAO Arcana Firewalker cigar is a very enjoyable smoke that is worthy of an outstanding rating of 4.75 points on a 5-point scale. This cigar is so good that it was hard to smoke slowly, and since it delivered a generous volume of smoke, there was never a need for double puffing. I enjoyed this cigar from start to finish, and highly recommend picking up a few sticks before the limited supply of 5,000 boxes in the U.S. market is all gone.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

CAO Arcana Firewalker Cigar
CAO Arcana Firewalker Cigar