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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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caogomad1 The CAO Gold Maduro Robusto and the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2011 Bombones are up for review today. Do they have what it takes to make it into your humidor? Keep reading to find out.

CAO Gold Maduro Robusto

CAO's original Gold line was hit with cigar fans, so the company decided to try to capitalize off its success by releasing a Maduro version in 2007. The CAO Gold Maduro is said to combine the smoothness of the original Gold with the spicy, sweet profile that usually comes with a Maduro-wrapped cigar. I've gone through plenty of CAO sticks in the past and have enjoyed most of them, so I am looking forward to seeing what this particular stogie has to offer.

The CAO Gold Maduro Robusto measures 5 x 50. The line is also offered in various other sizes, including the 5 1/2 x 42 Corona, 6 1/2 x 50 Corona Gorda, 6 1/4 x 52 Torpedo, 7 x 8 Churchill, and 7 1/2 x 54 Double Corona. The cigar's filler and binder are both Nicaraguan, just as with the original Gold. The main difference, of course, is the Brazilian Maduro wrapper. In terms of strength, the Gold Maduro is considered to be medium-bodied.

The cigar's Maduro wrapper is very dark. It's also more dry than oily. There are a few medium-sized veins, but no huge imperfections. The two decorative bands near the head stand out against the wrapper thanks to their red, white, and gold colors. The top band displays the CAO logo, while the one beneath it has the Gold Maduro name stamped on it. The cigar feels a bit spongy to the touch, but not overly soft. Prior to lighting, I am picking up a sweet flavor and a scent of cocoa. Both have me ready to put the lighter to work.

The Gold Maduro Robusto lights with ease and exhibits a steady burn. Only a few touch-ups are needed here and there. The draw is good and there's plenty of thick smoke. The ash is solid and light in color. Burn time is around one hour, so make sure you have some time on your hands to enjoy the cigar fully.

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