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Submitted by David Carley on October 13, 2011 – 4:39 amNo Comment

Cigar: CAO OSA Sol
Size: 5 x 50 (Lot 50/Robusto)
Wrapper: Olancho San Agustin (Honduras)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
Strength: Medium to full

I recently had a new cigar lounge open near me and was handed a free coupon for a box of CAO OSA Sol cigars as kind of a door prize. I am not one to let something like that go to waste so I went home and ordered my box. When they arrived I was shocked at how unconventional they looked compared the rest of CAO’s line up.
OSA stands for Olancho San Agustin which is a specific area that it was grown in. It was also proprietary to the 2008 crop. So this is a very selective cigar. It had ideal climate conditions and prefect embodying oils. It looks as if the wrapper on this was made specifically for this cigar. It shows before you even smell it, that you will be smoking a very earthy flavored and medium to full in strength.

At first smell I was shocked at how powerful the smell was I could not wait to get down to smoking it. For the first few puffs the draw was rather firm but lightened up as the smoke went on. It would not keep an ash to save its life but honestly not the biggest thing in the world. I was doing a couple different things to keep it on but anything other than smoking it straight up and down the ash would fall.

I loved how different the taste of this was compared to some of CAO’s other main stream cigars. This shows that CAO’s is still a top competitor in today’s market and is willing to try new thing for their fellow smokers. The flavor is very constant throughout the whole smoke and is definitely the same earthy flavors you expected just from seeing the wrapper.

Its construction was not the best I have seen from CAO. It was somewhat new to CAO so we can let it slide this time since it is such a good smoke. I would recommend this cigar to anyone who is a fan of the brand and even if you’re not this is a new type of cigar for them and I feel they did a great job.

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