Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

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caocao escaparate costa rica belicoso
god of firegod of fire serie b gran toro

caocosta2 The cigars on tap for today’s reviews are limited and pricy. Are the CAO Escaparate Costa Rica Belicoso and the God of Fire Serie B Gran Toro worth their price tags, or are you better off looking for cheaper alternatives? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

CAO Escaparate Costa Rica Belicoso

The Escaparate from CAO is a prototype that the company has released in two blends exclusively for the Corona Cigar Company, an online retailer. One version is an Ecuadorian blend, while the other is Costa Rican. These blends were released on a very limited basis due to the short supply of the rare tobaccos used in their construction. For this review, I will take a closer look at the Costa Rican blend.

The CAO Escaparate Costa Rica Belicoso measures 6 ¼ x 54. The line also comes in the following sizes: the 5 x 50 Robusto, 5 ½ x 42 Corona, 6 ½ x 50 Corona Gorda, 7 x 48 Churchill, and the 7 ½ x 54 Double Corona. It has an aged Nicaraguan filler consisting of tobaccos from the nation’s Condega, Esteli, and Jalapa regions. The binder is Ecuadorian, and the wrapper is of the Costa Rican Maduro variety. This is a smoother cigar listed as being medium-bodied in strength.

The Escaparate Costa Rica is a very attractive stick with a wrapper that reminds me of delicious chocolate bar. There's a minor oily sheen that is visible under direct light, and a few minor veins run throughout the body. As is the norm with CAO, the Escaparate Costa Rica has a large, flashy band that should get plenty of looks from across the room. The band displays the CAO logo and the Escaparate Costa Rica name. The red, white, and blue color scheme reflects the colors of the Costa Rican flag. Feeling the cigar reveals that it is packed with plenty of tobacco. There are no soft spots. The nicely done box-pressed shape is also worth noting. Before lighting, the cigar has a sweet scent. Its cold taste, on the other hand, is earthy.

Once lit, the CAO Escaparate Costa Rica is a solid performer. The draw is just right, and there's plenty of smoke. The ash is long and light gray in color. The burn stays even for the most part, with the exception of a couple times when touch-ups are needed. Nothing major, however.


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