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CAO Italia Gondola Cigar Reviews
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CAO Italia Cigars
  Gondola       

Current Rating
6.99

Size: 6 1/4 x 54
Shape: Torpedo
Wrapper: Honduras
Filler: Italy, Nic., Peru
Binder: Honduras
MSRP: 6.60
Total Reviews: 39
Average Rating: 6.99 out of a possible 10
Average Price: 6.35
Discontinued: No
Notes:

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57.1% of voters like the CAO Italia - Gondola
Vote Now! This cigar SMOKES! (8) This cigar is a DUD. (6)

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"Very good, if flawed..."

Review by: Giorgio
Review Date: 12/28/2004
Rating: 8.33
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Review Notes: First of all, where did CAO dream those awful "Italian" names from? It's the trade fair of banality and stereotypes. What's next, a cigar named Pizza or Mafioso or Spaghetti? More, the anilla is appalingly tasteless, with all those Italian flags looking like the walls of Italy after the victory in the Football World Cup in 1982! Have the people of CAO been in Italy lately? In some of Milan's high streets? Looked at Italian design and fashion? CAO Italia deserves a much more stylish anilla...Enough said of that, let's go to the cigar. Which is very good, with strong flavours (coffee, leather) not totally unlike the ones you can find in Italian Toscani cigars, which isn't faint praise. A spicy final didn't change my opinion. Construction was just average, as the cigar started unraveling after a while. DRaw was OK, though. A friend of mine was smoking a Toro (oddly named Piazza) and it was a real construction disaster, with the wrapper at the end totally unraveled. Value is good, given the quality of the smoke. CAO should change the anillas and get the construction quality right, and they will have an absolute winner, at par with some cubans.

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (7) No (11)

"Average"

Review by: frank
Review Date: 12/21/2004
Rating: 5.67
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Review Notes: The first one I smoked was good but the second was bad. I've smoked about 10 more since and they have been hit or miss. I like the Brazilia much more

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (6) No (3)

"Highly Recommended"

Review by: MeLightEmUp
Review Date: 11/10/2004
Rating: 9
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Review Notes: This is a great line of cigars. Complex, rich flavors, but not overpowering. Smooth, even burn and solid construction. Very nice.

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (5) No (8)

"CAO's finest"

Review by: maxtenet
Review Date: 09/17/2004
Rating: 8.67
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Review Notes: This was the best cigar I have had in quite a while. It was smooth and delicious from start to finish. After I tried one, I went and bought a box the next day. They are superb.

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (3) No (6)


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57.1% of voters like the CAO Italia - Gondola
Vote Now! This cigar SMOKES! (8) This cigar is a DUD. (6)



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