Review Of The CAO Cameroon Robusto Cigar
Back from the Seattle area and hitting you all with a cigar review! Yes I smoke the occasional stogie and I’m still a relative newbie in terms of good cigars but thus far the CAO brand hasn’t yet let me down. My buddy Warfare Chris and Ratchet Dallas recommended me the Alec Bradley next, so this maybe a continuing theme for Romero Brooks. Onto the good stuff:
I smoked the Robusto size which is 5 x 50 (5 inches long, 50/64 of an inch in width). The filling is Nicaraguan while the wrapper is West African Cameroon, hence the name.
Pre-smoke: The box press (square) shape is new to me but for the most part the construction was rock solid. However, in one of the CAO Cameroons, there was a mushy spot in the middle of the cigar which was unfortunate. The scent is slightly chocolately and definitely pleasant. This isn’t one of those strong ass tasting cigars but more of a milder smell and taste.
Taste: Taking the first puff, I got pretty milder flavors similar to the smell. The flavor was chocolate with a tiny bit of bitterness, similar to a good cup of coffee. The bitterness complemented the flavor and did not overpower my palate at all. As is my experience with milder smokes, there wasn’t too much spicyness or any peppery flavors in the first portion of the cigar, and there was an absence of any tastes of leather. Essentially, the first portion was almost creamy in nature with a clean taste and not a lot of lingering flavors. Towards the middle/end of the Cameroon I got a very slight hint of spice, but the smoothness remained. Even towards the very end of my session I didn’t get any harsher qualities that overpowered the tongue.
Overall: At around $7 a pop, the Cameroon Robusto is definitely a quality smoke and great for newcomers who want to develop into more complex flavors. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was quite surprised at how fast I could smoke it with no harshness. There was a good amount of body to the smoke but still nice and smooth. High fives all around for this stogie! Easily an every day smoke for me, that is if I smoked daily. I usually only reserve cigars when cockamamie schemes using jimmyrigged equipment constructed while a theme song plays works masterfully. So about once every three weeks.