Monday, February 20, 2006

CAO Cameroon (also sold as, CAO L’Anniversaire Cameroon)
Size: 5 x 50
Filler: Nicaraguan
MSRP: $6

I won 5 of these as part of a sampler on CigarBid, and I was excited because I really enjoyed the CAO Gold and CAO Brazilia lines. Like those others, this also turned out to be very well constructed with an even, medium-rate burn. Very mild and relaxing.

But I have to be honest, I was dissapointed. I was expecting something special from the African Cameroon wrappers, but they did nothing for flavor; nor did they have the striking aroma of the Brazilian maduro wrappers or the visual appeal of the reddish Corojo leaf. And the rectangular box-pressing makes it awkward to hold the stick in the mouth. All in all, my final reluctant verdict is that this was just an overpriced mild smoke... nothing special.

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