Review of CAO Session Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
CAO Session cigars hit the market in July 2019. These cigars are made with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Dominican binder, and a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. They are available in three sizes including a Robusto named “Garage”, which was sampled for this review. Garage measures 5.25 x 55 and is priced at $8.59 per single stick. For more information about these cigars, please check out the press release.
The sample CAO Session cigar started off with a sweet peppery flavor. The pepper quickly faded after a few puffs, but the sweetness continued along with some nutty and woodsy flavors that were complimented by pleasant notes of spice. The cigar was at the upper end of the medium bodied range, and might even be considered medium-to-full by some smokers. Not a cigar for beginners, but mainstream cigar smokers to experienced connoisseurs should enjoy this smoke.
It took me an hour to smoke the Garage down to two inches remaining. During that time, a touch-up and one relight were needed. For the most part, the cigar had a semi-even burn, good draw, and held a medium-to-long ash.
As it says on the secondary band, CAO Session is a cigar that's best enjoyed if you just “Sit Smoke Chill” . No thinking required, just relax and enjoy. Of course, this can also be said for many other cigars, especially those that are not overly complex nor too bold. I enjoyed my entire smoking session with the CAO Session cigar, and rate it with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. The flavors held up all the way down to the very last puff. No worries about having to end a smoking session prematurely due to a drop-off in flavor.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.