The CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar could be something you want to try if you enjoy smoking cigars from the CAO brand. This cigar has a blend of light and dark flavors, making it a fantastic option for cigar aficionados who prefer smoking cigars with diverse flavor profiles since it creates a distinctive and delightful smoking experience.

Wrapper Origin: ConnecticutShape: Toro
Length: 6Ring: 50
Wrapper: EcuadorianList Price: N/A
Origin: NicaraguaStrength: Medium

Appearance of CAO Black Ltd. Bengal

CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and fillers from Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Upon holding the cigar, it’s actually light to carry but firm touch. However, I detected some soft spots.

The cigar’s wrapper is light brown and slightly oily to the touch. Furthermore, this cigar uses the typical CAO cigar band, wherein the middle is diamond-shaped. The “CAO” brand name is placed in the middle, colored in gold. It also has red-colored accents, while the band consists mainly of the color black.

Unlike other CAO cigars, the band of this one complemented its light brown wrapper nicely. Still, I find the design of the band too simple and unappealing.

Smoking Experience

The flavors I immediately got after lighting the CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar were coffee, graham cracker, and earth. There’s a hint of citrus flavor, but it’s at the back of the flavor profile.

During the first third of smoking the CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar, the flavor notes remained to be the same, although the citrus note became much tastier at this point. There’s also a wood note coming in, and so far, I find the flavors not balanced at all. In fact, tasting this cigar is a little bit weird to me. I hope the citrus note will transition into a sweet or creamy flavor since it doesn’t really fit into this cigar’s dark flavor profile. Moreover, there’s a little bit of pepper on the retro-hale, and the finish has a roasted nut flavor.

For my second third of smoking the CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar, the citrus note intensified somewhat more, and the roasted nuts flavor on the finish came in the front flavor profile. The graham cracker flavor also mellows down a bit, probably giving way to the roasted nuts flavor. The other flavors remain the same in terms of intensity and position. The earth note is still at the front, there’s still a roasted nuts flavor at the finish, and the pepper is still present on the retro-hale.

For my final third of smoking the CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar, there’s a cocoa flavor that appeared on the front palette of this cigar, accompanying the roasted nuts flavor and citrus. On the other hand, the earth flavor mellows down a bit, giving way this time to cocoa flavor. The other flavor notes remain the same, so there is not much to talk about it. The only flavors transitioning at this point are those present at the front of the flavor profile. As for the construction of this cigar, I didn’t have anything to complain about. The draw, burn, ash, and smoke output did well in making my smoking experience with this cigar bearable.


Overall, I had a good time smoking the CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar. However, I find the flavor combinations imbalanced and weird. Despite being a mixture of light and dark flavors, I find the citrus note off to combine with the dark flavors of roasted nuts, earth, pepper, and wood. I just hoped it transitioned into becoming a sweet note, but it didn’t, which is disappointing, but maybe for my preference only. You might enjoy smoking this one if you don’t mind this weird combination of flavors at all.

As for the construction of this CAO cigar, it didn’t give me a hard time enjoying smoking this one. The draw was just right for me to have a taste of this cigar properly. The burn did well, too; although it was not razor-sharp, it was still close to burning evenly. The ash held itself well, and this premium cigar produced a good amount of smoke.

If you’re a cigar aficionado who loves and enjoys smoking a cigar that gives a combination of light and dark flavor profiles, the CAO Black Ltd. Bengal cigar is something you should give a try. Aside from its interesting flavor profile, it performs well in terms of construction too. You will not have any problem with its draw, burn, ash, and smoke output. As for me, I see myself buying another one of this in the future, and maybe then I will start to like and appreciate its weird flavor profile. Besides, the flavors are not that bad for me, so I will still going to smoke one.

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Maria Morales

Maria Morales