Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Review and the CAO OSA Sol Review
Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 24 October 2011

User Rating: / 3

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CAO is known for wrapping attractive bands around its cigars, and the OSA Sol helps to strengthen that reputation. The band near the head is very colorful and gives the cigar superb aesthetic appeal. The bright green, white, and black colors mixed with modern styling and lettering makes this one of the more innovative bands I have seen. Moving on to the actual cigar, its wrapper has a nice tan color that is loaded with oils. The Lot 54 appears to have excellent construction. No major imperfections are present. Only a few small veins can be seen by the naked eye. Touching the cigar reveals that it is packed with plenty of tobacco. It also feels very smooth. I detect an earthy scent prior to lighting, while the cold taste is of pepper.

After lighting, the OSA Sol Lot 54 burns well for the most part. My only complaint would be that the draw is somewhat tight, and the volume of smoke is not that high. The gray ash is long, however, and the burn stays even on its own without the help of my lighter. The cigar also manages to stay lit without the need for extra maintenance.

As far as the Lot 54’s flavor is concerned, its decent. I wouldn’t call the cigar overly complex, but I wouldn’t say its one-dimensional either. It begins on a good note with a blend of pepper, nuts, and wood. The pepper is mild and far from overbearing. The second third offers up more earth and wood, as well as sweetness. The final third finishes things off with nuts and wood.

I have to be honest and say that the OSA Sol is not one of CAO’s best. That’s not a terrible thing, as the brand has put out some quality smokes in the past. The cigar just failed to really catch my attention. I would consider it to be a quality smoke, but not a memorable one. If you are a CAO fan looking for something smooth, give it a shot. At $6 per single, the Lot 54 won’t break your bank. Still, there are better options on the market. The OSA Sol Lot 54 can also be found in packs of five or boxes of 25.

The CAO OSA Sol Lot 54 earns a rating of 3.25 out of four stars.

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