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Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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caocao gold maduro robusto
e.p. carrilloe.p. carrillo short run 2011 bombones


CAO packed a decent amount of flavor in the Gold Maduro. I don't know if I would call the cigar totally complex, but it does have its moments. The first third begins with cocoa, which is later joined by earth. Halfway through, the cigar becomes buttery and nutty. The final third transitions to spice and closes out with a grassy flavor. The final third was definitely underwhelming, as the cigar seemed to fizzle out in its flavor.

Is the Gold Maduro one of CAO's best? I don't believe so. Then again, your mileage may vary, especially if you have an affinity for Maduro sticks. The cigar was okay, but that is it. The construction and burn were solid, but the flavor of the final third failed to impress. With a price tag of around $5 per single, the Gold Maduro Robusto is not too expensive. You many want to give it a shot if you are looking for a medium-bodied Maduro for any time of the day. I'd smoke a couple first before venturing into buying a box of 20, however.

The CAO Gold Maduro Robusto earns a rating of 3.25 out of four stars.

E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2011 Bombones

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Ernest Perez-Carrillo first introduced his Short Run line to the public last year. The major theme behind the cigar is to release a new blend on a yearly basis in limited numbers to build up demand and brand name recognition. It's a smart marketing move, and his Short Run 2011 line was released last month. It varies a bit from its predecessor in terms of its composition, but the limited production aspect remains the same. Production of the Short Run 2011 is said to be under 100,000 cigars.

The Short Run 2011 Bombones is the smallest offering in the line, and it measures 4 7/8 x 50. E.P. Carrillo offers the line in just two other sizes: the 5 7/8 x 52 Canonazos and the 6 1/4 x 60 Inmensos. The cigar's filler consists of a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The binder is also Nicaraguan. Unlike the 2010 edition, the Short Run 2011 comes with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper instead of one of the Ecuadorian Sumatra variety. The cigar's strength is listed as medium-bodied.






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