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CAO Extreme

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CAO Extreme Ain’t Messing Around

Some say never judge a book by its cover. Solid advice, most time, but today I say eff that noise. Extreme delivers exactly what you’d expect from first glance — a cigar built upon complexity, and power. CAO is the keeper of the over a dozen different 90+ rated brands, and over 50 unique 90+ ratings. Rest assured, Extreme fits right in with the rest of the CAO family. 

It all begins with a dark and oily Ecuador Habano ligero wrapper, which graces a rich and spicy Nicaraguan binder. These tasty leaves conceal a robust combination of long-fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua, with a dash of La Estradas leaf in the mix. After significant post-roll aging, this eventful cocktail serves up a bouquet that’s rich and hearty throughout. Toast, charred oak, nuts, espresso and black pepper smack every last taste bud, and the strength is more than satisfying. Save this one for after a large meal, and you’re in for pure cigar nirvana.

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Profile
Shape
Belicoso
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Belicoso (6.2"x52)
Pack of 5
Out Of Stock
$50.00
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$30.00
Profile
Shape
Belicoso
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Robusto (5.0"x54)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$41.67
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$25.00
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Toro (6.0"x54)
New
Box of 18
Backordered
$160.00
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$79.99
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Toro (6.0"x54)
New
Pack of 5
In Stock
$44.44
| save $17.94 40% off
$26.50
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Ecuador Habano
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
overall rating 4.37 out of 5 Based on 87 Ratings
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5 out of 5
Tried a few of CAO different flavors but extreme is by far the best
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5 out of 5
Good flavor, and ashes not problems
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3 out of 5
Pretty good stick
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5 out of 5
These little guys are a new favorite. They have a ton of flavor and don't break the bank.
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4 out of 5
This cigar is great. I’ve only had one so far but the flavor was excellent and the burn was razor sharp. Plenty of soft smoke and a great smooth draw.
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Steve R

CAO Extreme

Steve R
Welcome back, CAO
 
If you know me, you know I’ve always been fond of CAO. Brazilia, Sopranos, Black, Italia....hell, I’m man enough to admit I’ve even burned through a fair share of Moontrance and Bella Vanilla over the years. Bottom line is, CAO makes a damn fine cigar, but more importantly, CAO cigars are among the most consistent and reliable in the boutique realm. There’s a reason why CAO maintains 13 different brands with a rating of ‘90’ or better. Seriously, this brand was receiving 93s in 2001, when an ‘87’ or ‘88’ was considered high.
 
Good start, eh? Well, here’s the reality check. If you know I’ve always been fond of CAO, you likely also know I enjoy the older CAO releases when compared to the latest offerings. OSA never really did it for me, Concert missed the mark with my palate, and La Traviata is brick and mortar only so I never think of it.
 
But this....THIS....is why I stuck with CAO all these years. Waiting for and wanting something new from CAO that hearkens back to the old days, when Brazilia stole our taste buds and Sopranos set new standards in super-premiums. The something new is CAO Extreme, and I suggest you give it the long, hairy eyeball.
 
Everything about this cigar is oldschool CAO to the core. The simple box made complex through modern, eye-catching design elements. The oversized band and in your face branding. And then, the most important thing, the blend. Four different ligero varieties were used to create this blend, including a thick and flavorful Habano ligero wrapper from Ecuador. CAO has always been known for using rare or unique tobaccos in blends, and these ligeros – and the amount of them – is no different.
 
By now, you likely know how this review is going to go. I can’t lie....I’ve been burning CAO Extreme for a few weeks now....and by that I mean 1-2 a day, at least. I can’t get enough of them. The flavor isn’t revolutionary, but it’s unique and eventful....and the experience is extremely satisfying. From the thick, aromatic smoke to the top-notch quality, and right on down to the ever-changing flavor....in my mind, Extreme has what it takes to out CAO the mighty Brazilia.
 
The cigar opens which a rich, roasted blast of dark tobacco goodness and a touch of white pepper. The smoke is thick and chewy, smothering my entire palate like a blanket and filling my room with an oily, charcoal-like scent on the exhale. There are literally clouds of smoke lingering above my head....it’s like the smoke is too heavy for the far-too-expensive ventilation system in my ceiling.
 
After about 10 minutes of slow-burning bliss, I begin to pick up a sweetness on the sides of my palate. An oaky, almost syrupy sweetness. Basically, if you told me these tobaccos aren’t barrel aged, I’d call you a liar. If you said it again I’d likely demoralize you publically. There’s oak, there’s toast, there’s sweet cedar, there’s black tobacco, and there’s pepper. But here’s the really interesting part. Ligeros tend to add a ton of spice and power smacking you in the teeth. This doesn’t do that. There’s no doubt pepper and power, but the blend hits you in the gut and just feels powerful, from the weight of the smoke. That doesn’t make sense, I am sure, but think on it if you happen to try this....I think you’ll understand. If you want to feel it for real, exhale through the nose and prepare for a pepper blast that’ll make you want to check for blood. Ahhh....ligero.
 
I am now midway through and the charcoal aroma is really coming off the cigar nicely as the smoke escapes the foot. It’s literally going right into my nostrils with each puff and I love it. A trace of black coffee has entered the fray, and the pepper has moved solely to the finish – right on the front of my palate and tip of my tongue. This is where the brass kicks in. If you’re not feeling CAO Extreme behind the eyes at this point, you’re letting it rest in your ashtray far too long. Pick it up, man up, and enjoy the fruits of well-aged, perfectly processed, and expertly blended ligero.
 
An inch and a half left and I’m looking at the clock to see if I have time to burn another before heading out for the evening. Oak dominates, coffee has faded, and leather surfaces. Pepper remains and shows no signs of going away. The final leg is rich, smokey, and meaty, and the strength has no doubt tipped well into the full-bodied arena. I am ending this review. There’s an inch left and I want to enjoy it. Do yourself a (big) favor and try CAO Extreme, and welcome CAO back to the limelight.
 
Oh, I had the Robusto.
 
Last thing. Had a delicious beer this past week. Finally found Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) on tap, and it was well worth both the wait and the long trip to try it before the keg was killed – which literally happened 10 minutes after my arrival. This dark, 11.2% beast is loaded with rich, roasted flavors, including coffee bean, dark unsweetened cocoa, and a trace of (seemingly charred) caramel. Delicious and satisfying, with no trace of an 11.2% backbone. If you see this, order two immediately. The flavors pop a ‘lil more as the beer warms up.