Tuesday, July 16, 2013
CAO Concert Churchill
Size: 7 x 50 (estimated)
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Rosado
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Sometimes a cigar can be less than the sum of its parts. This one never quite lives up to its sophisticated packaging or its refined appearance.
It is a beautiful stogie, with a tight, oily, dark wrapper and a spicy-sweet pre-light aroma. Construction is good, giving the cigar a slow cool burn that can last nearly two hours. It even begins with a burst of pepper/spice with a hearty aftertaste.
Unfortunately, after those first few glorious puffs, the taste mellows very quickly into a medium body, and a consistent boring unvarying medium taste. It's not a bad cigar by any means, it just does not distinguish itself in any way.
Give me a CAO Criollo, CAO Brazilia, CAO Black, or CAO Cameroon over the Concert anyday.