It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the brand new CAO Pilón in the Robusto size. This 5×52 stick features tobacco fermented in a circular pilón. This rarely used fermenting process slows fermentation and supposedly enhances flavor of the tobacco. The wrapper on this cigar is an Ecuadorian Habano, and the binder and fillers are all from Nicaragua. The first light reveals some salty tobacco with leather on the draw. Through the nose, I find more salty tobacco, and the finish is light with a cedar note.
After twenty minutes, I finish the first third. The draw presents me with sweet cinnamon sugar and leather. Through the nose, I find cocoa and vanilla alongside some smooth cedar. The finish is a classic mix of coffee and earth on top of a very big tobacco core. Both the strength and body are at the medium mark.
Forty minutes in, the second third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cedar with a note of earth and some very sweet cocoa. The retro-hale is delicious with a creamy coffee flavor paired perfectly with hazelnut and black pepper. The finish is long with black pepper, toast, and cinnamon. There is no change to the strength or body as they both continue at the medium mark.
The final third ends at one hour. The draw offers up a nutty earth on top of grass and cedar. Through the nose, I find more of that creamy hazelnut coffee flavor with black pepper. There is a bomb of coffee now on the finish with notes of leather and char. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.
The CAO Pilón goes back to traditional cigar roots with classic flavor and great construction. The ash on this smoke piled up like a stack of quarters, and for $6-7, this is a great, budget-friendly cigar. Add in some decent complexity, and it’s another win for CAO. I definitely recommend checking it out.