CAO L'Anniversaire Cameroon Belicoso (6" x 54)
Strength: Medium Wrapper: Cameroon Origin: Nicaragua
After taking it from the wrapper I notice that the scent is unassuming and mild. The cigar is rolled well and box pressed. It has a firm pack but draws very smoothly.
It lit well (and stayed lit for the hour+ that I enjoyed it)
The first third is very mild with faint hints of sweetness on the retrohale. The smoke is light and nutty. At this point it seems like a pleasant smoke for a newcomer because it is smooth and satisfying.
As I smoke into the second third of the stick I pick up more sweetness like that of currants. There is also a hint of a bright blend coffee.
The final third is the most interesting. This is where the cigar becomes very earthy and the smoke more rich and velvety. Flavors like charred cocoa appear and there is a peppery nuance that was absent before but now leaves a slight tingle on my tongue.It is only in the final section that the profile seems to become the “medium” body that the cigar is described as having.
The last 1 ½” is unique in that the flavors tone back down as if the pendulum is coming to a rest as you smoke through the nub.
Pros: Flavor development
Cons: Had to touch-up with my lighter three times because the burn did not stay even.