CAO VR Moby Review
Filler: Nicaraguan & Mexican
I smoked this one right off the truck. Punched it, torched it, and finished with a soft flame.
The pictures are so-so from my cell phone (you can tell I’m not of the iphone generation (biggrin), but if you click them they’ll enlarge.
The pre-light draw was strong and I could pick up on a faint peppery flavor. The wrapper odor was pleasing, but not very pronounced.
THE FIRST 1/3:
The initial ½” was very woody and strong before it toned down to be much earthier- like moist soil but while still maintaining a muted wood flavor. It was almost 90* on the day I smoked it and I have to admit I dug having a milder stick instead of the full bodied maduro I almost lit up. There was a hint of sweetness, but it was like the sweetness you infuse into meat when you smoke it over good woodchips.
THE SECOND 1/3:
As I moved on into the next part of the cigar it developed more body and also took on an interesting chocolate taste. It wasn’t like normal chocolate but instead reminded me of the chocolate covered orange slices I buy at Christmas time. Cocoa with slight citrus was evident with the retrohale. In this section of the stick I also got more of the peppery taste I noticed on the initial draw.
The final third is where I felt somewhat rewarded for my patience. The cocoa, wood, and pepper married together and elevated the flavor profile of the cigar into the medium range while it retained its smooth nature. The pepper never became overbearing but the smoke became richer.
Pros- Mild but balanced. Well constructed with a very even burn.
Cons- Good flavor throughout but not terribly interesting for most of the stick.
Overall a 7 of 10. A nice stick for driving around on a hot summer’s day or enjoying at a cookout.
Re: CAO VR Moby Review
Good review. I have a few of these and feel the same way about these smokes!