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All I could hear while enjoying this (CAO America) was Francis Scott Key in the background penning the Anthem to our great Country. A truly remarkable cigar, deep and rich, oaky, smooth and creamy. I truly had to sit in front of the chiminea with this one for about an hour to truly note all the complexities of this fine, fine cigar.
CAO America is smoooooth. Creamier smoke with a draw that didn't change for a second: whether I was puffing from behind a 2" ash, or savoring it's final moments, before setting it next to the fire, saluting the flag, and calling it a night. I'd like to leave some in the humi for a few months to see if the other reviewer's comment was true, about some added spicy notes.
I have fallen in love (don't tell the wife) the object of my affection, the CAO America! God Bless America and CAO. The best smoke I have ever had, earthy, nutty, warm and robust. This one is true to its name! I took your recommendation and had a nice beer and steak for dinner and then lit this puppy up right at the table (at Ashes in Red Bank NJ you can still smoke a stick in the restuarant) Everyone was looking at my cigar and wondering why they weren't smoking this gem. Thanks CI for your awesome deals, superb customer service, and super fast shipping.
Excellent. Awesome taste and flavor. Truely a great smoke (CAO America).
I love this cigar (CAO America)! one of my favorites. The first time I had it, I had no intention on buying it but who can resist that beautiful look? I lit this one at the in-laws with a cup of coffee. It started off a little smokey but then quickly smoothed out. About 1/3 of the way down you can definitely taste the quick change in flavor. The taste I got was a nutty, earthy and rich chocolatey taste. (This was the taste I got anyway)There was also a taste I could not quite put my finger on, which made my first experience with this cigar more interesting. I did have a little trouble with the tight draw but this can be resolved with a draw poker before smoking. I always keep one of these in the humidor and have handed it out to several friends to try. Everyone has their own taste that they like out of a cigar and this one does it for me. Thanks CAO and to CI for a great website.
I smoked one of these (CAO America) stellar Cigars on January 20th, 2009 in commemoration of President Obama's inauguration. It was a great smoke! And has become my favorite cigar!!!
The "CAO AMERICA" is, as advertised....get off your butt and get on the phone or the 'net. I mean it, you snooze....you lose. Rated.... a smooth 89.
This cigar was a disapointment (CAO America) for me, but not because of the flavour. The bloody thing fell apart! The draw was excellent and the burn quite even for such a big ring gauge, but it simply came unwrapped. I'll have to say the cigar did not come from CI; it was a gift from a friend who works in a local brick and mortar shop. It looked good and felt good and I was not expecting the results of setting fire to the thing. I'm sure this particular cigar had not been properly cared for before I got it, but it was still an unpleasant experience. I'm going to try another.
CAO America...how can you not want to try a cigar with a name like that? Far from a novelty cigar, the two wrappers add a flavorful complexity to a smooth creamy blend. Medium bodied and very complex, one of the best "multi-wrapper" cigars out there. This cigar is one of those "must try" cigars, if even just one time. America Rocks!
No joke, this cigar blew me away. I had one yesterday, Memorial Day 09, and it was a thing of beauty. I have to get more.
CI - Give us a nice special on these and "We The People" shall enjoy!
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the CAO America!
The minute I stepped into the humidor of one of my fave cigar haunts in Vegas... I saw the new box and was already a fan - Yeah Baby! America all the way. The noting the unique intertwining of the Broad-leaf wrapper in a neat little design, I felt this was worth [if not by CAO namesake alone] to give a shot. I grabbed a Landmark... and proceeded to load on on my other stash. I was never let down the minute I lit that bad boy up... Vive' L' America, baby!
Now for more critical assessment, it has a dark lush Broad-leaf Maduro... as for oily, I don't' agree entirely on that point. It could use a little lotion [ha ha]. The bouquet is phenominal... spicy, warm... a hint of sweet, can't place it.. perhaps a hint of honey or molasses. A medium bodied smoke great for just about any occasion. The label did America proud... I just finished on last night. I love the red, white and blue.. very regal looking and tame. The eagle took it for me... This is a patriot class stick if there ever was sort a thing.
My rate this stick: 90
This was my First try of a (CAO America). It is an amazing cigar! The taste is great the smoke is even and I cannot wait till I get another one to smoke.
CAO America...The Beautiful !!
As stated below, these CAO America's do deliver an interesting array of tastes, all very nice. I have had 2 of a sampler of 5 and found the cap a bit small. If you use a cutter, be gentle. Next time I will use a punch and hope things hold together better. Keep it up CI! God Bless America!!
I was very fortunate to get my hands on the LE CAO America Anthem, and it was everything it was supposed to be and more! I patriotically enjoyed the cigar on the 4th of July! The pin-striped wrapper looks amazing on this beautifully long cigar, and the draw was amazingly effortless. The smoke started off a little woody but quickly turned nutty and creamy. The finish was very smooth. I highly recommend trying this cigar, it will not disappoint!
The wrapper is cool looking & what more can you say it's another GREAT CAO! I WILL SMOKE ONE 4th of July 2009!
Being a retired Marine, I felt it to be a patriotic duty to try the America, and to that, the Monument. Now, some people are blessed with tastebuds that might rival the best chef in the world... Me, not I. Either I like something, or I don't. And these, I tell you... Are AWESOME. To begin, the looks, what a pretty cigar, the color of the double wrapper makes it a joy to behold. The build... 2" worth of ash, you make that call... The taste... Smooth, creamy, and, to my undiscerning taste buds... SWEET!! I tried one from my local ABC liquor store... Next thing I bought a box from CI. If you are introducing someone to the joys of smoking cigars, give them one of these beauties... They wiil be hooked.
The cigar is beautiful just to be looked at. The 1st third was a little peppery, then this cigar opens up very smooth, very tasty with scent of cedar and coffee. 2nd favorite cigar from CAO.
I am a huge fan of CAO. I enjoy most lines that they offer including America, but I have to say that the Bottlerockets were a great disappointment! I don't think they are blended as well as the other America sizes. It really has no punch and lacks complexity. It is sorta a low-grade VR (which I love by the way). If you are gonna try Americas, try the smaller sizes.
CAO America is a great medium to full cigar. Beautiful construction and excellent taste; woody, smooth, and notes of vanilla. I never smoke my cigars all the way because of the accumulation of tar and ash, however, with the CAO America I was able to smoke it down to the nub. The cigar was smooth all the way through. My Rating: 92!
Wow! This is my favorite CAO to date. Like every CAO this is extremely consistent, every time I pull one out of the Humidor it is fantastic, and exactly what I'm looking for in my smoke! CAO is by far my favorite brand, and the America is my favorite CAO.
WOW!!Got a 5-pack and couldn't wait,smoked one the same day after work.Boy what a nice ride home!CAO Potomac everything perfect 1hr 20mn of joy.This has it's own unique flavor especially on the retrohale -very,very rich flavor almost like something's cooking.Can't wait to get a box and put'em to sleep for a few months and the aroma is second to none.These could easily go for 2x as much!Thanks again CI-God bless America!!!
Ok i just got done smokeing one of these beautiful CAO America Landmark and im going to give to to you STRAIGHT: Taste: Very Good
Burn: Gets Sloppy Near Middle But Does Even Out Till The End
Extras:Very Good End Taste(Little Spice But Not To Much)
I would Rate This A Solid 91
A work of art. I will never be able to celebrate the 4th of July now without salivating for a CAO America! Beautiful to look at makes you not want to light it. Smooth, tasty, earthy, nutty, all the things I like in a cigar. I'm a CAO fan. No, I'm not going to rate it with a number since that isn't my job. I just know that this is a well made smoke with wonderful taste that I enjoy.
I have some bottle rockets and the toro size. These are excellent medium to full smokes. They do get better with age as I have had the rockets in my humi for a year and they are spicier than before. A solid 90!! Get some now!!!
Okay, since I smoked the Bottle Rocket in the last comment I will now comment on the Potomac. The Potomac is very spicy right from light up. Those of you having had the Italia may recognize that bit of tang that the Italia has in the flavor profile of the Potomac. Of course, the Potomac is not as strong as the Italia. Between the Bottle Rocket and Potomac I cannot say which I like best. They are both fantastic. Please, get some!
Picked up a box of 30 of the "Bottle Rocket" size at a local shop for $5.73 a stick after tax... Outstanding cigar, well worth the bit extra they have them for here... My first cigar was a CAO about 10 years ago (a CAO Maduro 'red series' tubo) and it left me green and sweating... The CAO America is a much more medium bodied smoke with a tangy cedar start and rich leathery flavor to the nub... a great morning smoke, easily worth twice the price.
Just nubbed my first CAO America on July 4th, 2011! That's a fine yummy smoke that, like its namesake, has a lot of countries of origin in it. I found it pleasantly strong enough for my tastes, but I don't think it would overwhelm those who prefer milds. Like most other commentors, I found cream, woodsy, leather smells and tastes, pronounced vanilla midway and dark coffee, toffee, caramel towards the nub. Very fantastic! I have found what I will be smoking every 4th of July! I wanna nuther!
Simply put. This cigar in the large ring size is fantastic in every area. An even burn produces a long ash at least 2 inches in size, each time you discard the burn. It has loads of smoke with smooth flavor that should please anyone. Both the mild to full crowd would be pleased, since you get lost in the enjoyment of this cigar after your first draw.
I received this gem as part of The "Horn of Plenty" Sampler and for me; it was the pick of the litter! The cigar is artfully crafted and unique: the Barber Pole appearance adds to the beauty of the stick.
The flavor was mild and complex...some of the sticks had a slightly off/biting flavor, which disappeared after an ash formed. The burn and contruction are impeccable and overall the cigar is a delight!
Wow! A fantastic cigar. The thick and creamy smoke is close to the best I've ever come across.
Smoked the CAO America to celebrate the 4th of July and I am impressed with this smooth cigar. My palate was satisfied from the start all the way to the nub. Definitely not disappointed, and this will be a permanent resident in my humidor.
CAO did an incredible job in making this piece of art. This was probably the best stick I have had. The draw was smooth, and the taste was a deliciously medium strength mixture of spice, coffee, vanilla, and nuts. The thick and creamy smoke was plentiful and had a wonderful aroma. The band was the topping on the cake, so to speak. Overall a very enjoyable experience. I will be buying many more of these beauties in the future.
This cigar disappoints me, I love CAO but I'll have to pass on this one. I really had high hopes for it, too.
Great cigar. Got one in a sampler and really enjoyed it. Kind of a mellower version of Diesel Unholy Cocktail. Has a very pleasant aroma and leaves a bit of a sweetness on the tongue. But the one I smoked was a bit tight, and it swelled up and cracked in the middle about 2 inches from the cap, but a great cigar none the less. I'll get more as soon as I can afford it.
Got one of these in a sampler I bought! All I can say is fricking AWESOME!! I loved everything about this cigar: smooth, fantastic taste, good burn, I will most definitely be ordering more of these!!!
This cigar has been sitting in my 65-71% humi for some time. Decided to finally smoke it tonight: not being yet a seasoned stoagie smoker, and mainly into mild-medium "lighter" cigars, decided to give this a try. A little heavy for beginners (I don't recommend to start with), the smoke was consistently woody and earthy but for the most part pleasant. Took some getting used to but no regrets. Will definitely smoke the other one in my humi but again, due to my "current" preferences, may not buy it again. That is of course my palate changes and I start smoking more often.
I have to agree with the other reviewer (from Cypress CA). I don't understand all the superlative remarks of the majority of reviewer. Sure, the cigar looks great (nice if you are going to frame it for display on a wall), and burns evenly. If that is all that matters, then OK. Well, I found the cigar to lack any significant taste. I can think of plenty of other cigars I'd prefer to smoke.
Beautiful and handmade to perfection. This cigar is smooth in taste and aroma. It is a great cigar. One of CAO's best!
I bought a 5 pack of CAO Americas after really liking the one I got in a sampler. Fairly mellow, it's supposed to be medium/full, and I found it medium at most. A nice cigar to puff on while havin' a beer!
Being a red-blooded American Combat Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I bought a 5 pack intending on keeping them in my humidor for only the holidays celebrating 'Murica, and it's fighting men and women, I bought 1 at a shop in Joplin MISSOUR-AH. I got it home and lit it up. I found that it was true to it's namesake. I loved the taste and the smell of it and look forward to smoking the others on the above mentioned days. While smoking this well made cigar, I found myself remembering my life as a WOLFHOUND (1-27 INF) Medic and how much our freedom means to me. Actually brought a tear to my eye. Then I got a sniff of the aroma coming off my prized cigar and fell in love. I will definitely be buying more when I get a chance.
This is a nice enjoyable smoke,with a good draw,good volume of smoke. The band and name "America" are great. I have one saved in the humidor, just resting waiting.... when I can enjoy it in it's full glory!
I've had a couple of these now from different samplers and now I want a whole box! My first impression when I picked up my first CAO America was 'this is a solid cigar!' It seemed to have some heft. Solid construction! Now, sometimes that impression is wrecked the moment I try to draw through a cigar that seems solidly made but has a too-tight draw. Not on this baby! A perfect draw, even burn, lots of great smelling smoke (everyone around commented on the aroma), and solid ash. Add in lots of flavor and you've got a real winner here! BUT...let me warn you: Get plenty or get the larger sizes because the moment you finish one you will want another!
Smoked one of the bad boys yesterday after having it sit in my humidor for aboiut 2 months. VERRRRRRRYYYYYY GOOOD! Creamy, and just explodes on my palate. Def gettin a box of these soon.
Despite the stunning visual presentation, this is a no nonsense cigar. Even though I had read the reviews, I was still expecting a more complex flavor, but was pleasantly surprised with a smooth, creamy and absolutely enjoyable cigar.
One of the greatest cigars and my absolute all time favorite. Smooth creamy smoke.
6/25/15 Just got my 5-pack yesterday. I broke one out a few moments ago to be sure I wasn't going to be disappointed this Independence Day. NO GIMMICK HERE!!! There is plenty to keep a finicky cigar enthusiast interested. I should've gotten a box so I could share more than just a couple. This is a damn good cigar!
Smoked one today from the 3 pack I bought. I like these. Always have been a CAO fan. I might order me a box of these gems.