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"Bad Draw, Horrible Burn"

Review by: lordmonroe
Review Date: 02/10/2010
Rating: 5.4
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Review Notes: I frequently enjoy CAO's other offerings, the CAO Brazilia Amazon and Samba, both of which I have been very pleased with. Itching to try something different, I purchased a CAO Italia. I think it is safe to say that I made a mistake. The cigar's appearance was excellent - very few veins, no cracks in the leaf, and a nice sheen to the leaf. It also appeared to be constructed very well, and smelled great. I took my Xikar single flame lighter and tried to fire it up. It took FOREVER to burn, almost to the point that I was literally charring the foot of the cigar. When I finally got it to burn, the draw was horrible. . . I became light-headed just trying to get a little smoke. The flavor was pretty nice, tasting mainly like nutmeg and slightly woody (when I could get any smoke :p) I placed the cigar on a ashtray for about 1 minute; when I picked it up to take another draw, the cigar went out. I tried to relight it, but again, I was charring the cigar. I didn't bother with the rest. Recommend? Nah . . . I'll just stick to my Sambas. . .

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