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Cigar Review – CAO Nicaragua

CAO Nicaragua

In this cigar review I smoke the CAO Nicaragua. This cigar is one of the new cigars from CAO as it was released at IPCPR in 2018. Since it’s release this cigar has become one of my favorite cigars. Read on to learn more about this fantastic cigar.

Name & Size: CAO Nicaragua Tipitapa (4.8 x 50)

Wrapper: Honduran (Jamastran)

Wrapper: Honduran (Jamastran)

Binder: Honduran (Jamastran)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Esteli and Condega)

Flavor Profile: CAO Nicaragua leans more toward pepper than spice and is balanced with medium-full flavors of nuts and toast.

Ratings & Awards: 91 by Cigars Aficionado


The cigar looks well made. No obvious blemishes on the wrapper. The cigar is smooth and not to hard when pinched. The burn was a bit uneven in the beginning but corrected itself. No tunneling, mouse holes, the cap stayed in tact very well.

Initial Light / First Third

On the first light I received lots of earth, leather, coffee, nuts, and pepper, with spice on the retrohale and dark chocolate on the finish. The only issue with the construction as the burn was a bit uneven, but not what I would call a canoe.

Second Third

Lots of earth, leather, nuts, pepper, with spice in the retrohale. Nice chocolate and butter on the finish.

Final Third:

The cigar has been consistent with the same flavors or earthiness, leather, nuts, and pepper. With spice on the retrohale, and chocolate with a slight butter flavor on the finish.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this cigar. It is well priced, with great flavor. This is one of my favorite cigars. This is a great cigar first thing in the morning. I have bought boxes of these and will continue to buy these cigars.

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