So, as I am getting more and more into this cigar review site, nature has decided not to be as kind as when I first started. St. Louis humidity is a killer, the rain makes it hard to smoke a cigar outside for a video and being engaged I never realized how much goes into a wedding.
Now, I am not going anywhere so those who have the pool running, knock it off, ha-ha. What I am going to do is start including more written reviews rather than video reviews. I notice most the sites out there do this, and being a ‘video only’ review site makes it a little more time consuming.
That being said, instead of updating the site once a week to once every other week, I am going to make it twice a week with updates, perhaps history of the brands/companies or short smokes or just more written reviews.
Leave a comment if you would like, shoot out some ideas of what you’d like to see on the page. Thanks again – David
Per request from a few viewers, I decided to do an overview of my humidor. It also worked out because this week, St. Louis decided to turn tropical – Nothing but a monsoon. Hope you enjoy the video, I will do another once I get restocked on cigars, haha.
The CAO Cameroon L’Anniversaire is a celebratory cigar from CAO’s thirty year mile marker, 1968 to 1998. This Cigar was made in Esteli, Nicaragua containing Nicaraguan filler and binder and wrapped with a seemingly perfect African Cameroon Wrapper.
This smoke was from the Hill Cigar company in St. Louis, and actually I grabbed it simply because I wanted to try a few smokes from the CAO brand. I have always liked the general flavor profile of the Cameroon wrapper and had never tried one from the CAO line, so thus, this cigar was brought home. I was really impressed with the overall build of the cigar and it felt well packed from end to end and did have the box press appeal.
1st Third: The first third really caught me by surprise. At first glance, the cigar appears to be semi toothy, almost rough and hence your thoughts of what it should taste like change accordingly. Not so, this was a very smooth almost cream like smoke that ever so slightly covered your taste buds. A light coffee flavor was prominent with hints of Leather and Coco that created a nice back and forth to the cigar, bitter and sweet. I also noticed that this first third had a slight draw issue, not terrible but it was defiantly noticeable.
2nd Third: Once the cigar had been ashed, the draw and flavors exploded immediately pretty much taking me off guard. I didn’t have to fight for the flavors at all, large amounts of Leather and Coffee, similar to the first third but much more defined. Towards the middle to end of the 2nd third, I swear there were a few sweet notes that directly reminded me of caramel. To wrap up the end, Leather, Coffee and a slight Almond-ish flavor crept in.
Last Third: The last third was pretty much a continuation of the first and second, Leather and Coffee in the foreground with a few minor changes in the background. In this portion, a nice pepper was easily detected and the smoke was picking up power as I continued.
Overall: I really enjoyed this smoke, and even for the price of about 5 bucks a stick, you can’t go wrong. The cigar itself was not very complex, or having many changes, but that did not detract from the amazing smoke. It was nice and even burning, even on heat, smooth on the draw and easy on the retro-hale. Truly, not sure what more you can ask for in an affordable smoke. I have already purchased two more, one similar to this review and one Robusto.
Paul Shing – Shing999 on twitter, is the lucky winner of the three Los Blancos cigars! I will have the cigars shipped Monday morning, hope you enjoy them Paul and thank you everyone for playing! We will be doing more contests here soon.
As I get closer and closer to hitting 1000 views, I realize how lucky I really am. I have only been on the scene for less than 2 months and have not been so impressed in my entire life. The people I talk to, the companys who contact me and even fellow blog sites, everyone is about cracking a smile and enjoying themselves.
One of these locations, Milo’s Tobacco Road, is a shop that is local to the St. Louis area. I went in to see what the store had to offer and have been making the 45 minute to an hour drive on a regular basis. None the less, they had invited me to join them for a Los Blancos event so I went up, had a great cigar and great conversation.
At the end of their event, for those who had purchased cigars and received a raffle ticket, names were being pulled. I ended up winning a few free cigars and I figure, share the wealth.
These are the cigars that I am going to be putting into the contest, Los Blancos Conneticut, Sumatra and Maduro. All you have to do is leave a comment on this thread – Have you ever had a Los Blancos, if so what type and what did you think?† Please make sure to include your e-mail so I can contact you after the drawing on August 15th, 2009!
August 11th, 2009 – The site made 1000 views, and so the counter has been reset! Unique visitors being tracked now, and at 1000 unique visitors I will have another contest, so please, if ya like the site, pass it along, if ya don’t, let me know and I’ll try to make the site better. Time for me to light up a Cohiba Robusto and thank you all! Appreciate it!
First, I want to thank you all for checking out the site, I hope you enjoy. I really have not started pushing the site, every now and then I’ll tweet something or drop my name and the site really has seemed to take off. I credit 90%+ of that to Tom at www.tomscigars.com he is the one who broke me into this scene. Ripping more things off him, I am doing a give away contest once I hit 1000 views, the details will come later.