For many smokers, CAO is one of the brands they turn to when they want to enjoy a nice cigar. One of their top cigars, the CAO VR Moby, is an excellent choice for individuals who prefer to appreciate intense smoke as it has robust flavors.
|Wrapper Origin: N/A||Shape: Toro|
|Length: 6||Ring: 50|
|Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro||List Price: N/A|
|Origin: Honduras||Strength: Full|
Appearance of CAO VR Moby
CAO VR Moby cigar uses a very dark brown wrapper, almost close to the color black. It has a long Nicaraguan Mexican filler and uses a Brazilian Maduro wrapper. This CAO cigar is leathery to the touch in some parts, while other parts have a little bit of oil. It’s also firm to the touch, although it has some soft spots.
This cigar also uses two cigar bands; one is the usual cigar band placed almost close to the cap, and the other is a foot band. The first band has 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.
As for the foot band, it just has a simple design; not many details except for a white color splash, almost resembling a marble design. Moreover, this cigar is included in the CAO 5-Star sampler.
During the first third of smoking the CAO VR Moby cigar, the flavor profile consists of hay grass, a spice that gives a kick and is present on the retro-hale, and pepper that is both in the front and at the back of the palette. As for the construction of this cigar, it produces a tremendous amount of smoke and burns well. However, the downside is that it has a tight draw.
For my second third of smoking the CAO VR Moby cigar, the spice became the dominant flavor of this cigar. It actually has a lot of spice that is slowly becoming too much to smoke since it is also present on the retro-hale. What makes it much harder to smoke is that the pepper also has a kick to it. I find both notes too much for my preference, and it’s making my throat very dry. I can’t taste the hay grass note anymore, so it’s totally gone at this point. Moreover, I had to relight this cigar once since, along with the fall of the ash, was its fire, which I find weird but, at the same time, a common thing. And despite relighting this cigar, the draw remained tight. So far, this cigar is not impressing me.
For my final third of smoking the CAO VR Moby cigar, I can definitely say that there’s a lot of spice going on. The spice note intensifies so much that it has too much kick now. My throat is parched at this point. No new flavors nor transitions going on. No sweetness or creaminess is added to the flavor profile to somehow balance the spice note.
Overall, the CAO VR Moby cigar is medium to full-bodied that has flavors of spice and pepper. I’m disappointed that the hay grass note was immediately gone during the second third. I feel like it would somehow make this smoke bearable, considering how spicy and peppery this cigar was, but at the same time, I also feel like the hay grass note will be useless in terms of balancing the whole flavor profile.
As for the construction of this cigar, the draw started tight but became loose on the final third. It was too late to improve, but the burn, ash, and smoke output did well. I find this premium smoke perfect for after dinner.
If you’re someone who enjoys smoking a cigar that consists of rich spice and pepper, then this is perfect for you. This is also good to smoke during the cold season. If you’re a beginner, I don’t think you should smoke this one, but instead, find other CAO cigars that are not this strong since the flavors indeed have a kick to them that you might not find pleasant.
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