The CAO Riders Revenge is a special blend. CAO is a brand that is owned by General Cigar Company. In previous years, CAO has released its holiday series. In 2013, we saw The CAO La Traviata Angry Santa (1,500 boxes of 14 cigars – 6 ½ x 52) was released November 5, 2013. The La Traviata Maduro Evil Snowman (1,500 boxes of 14 cigars – 6 ½ x 52). The CAO America Sinister Sam (2,000 boxes of 14 cigars – 6 ½ x 52) was released on June 12, 2014.
This year’s release will be a part of the CAO Flavours line and features the latest company to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. The CAO Riders Revenge is a pumpkin spice cigar (1,200 boxes of 14 cigars – 6 ½ x 52). The MSRP is $7.99 but is readily found at a price closer to $6.00.
The cigar features a large label with a headless horseman with a carved pumpkin head and the letters CAO spelled out in cigar smoke. The label is very large and doesn’t fit the cigar very well. This is surprising since the last 3 cigars in this series were exactly the same size. The wrapper is rustic and appears that it should have been used as binder or filler. My sample was covered with water spots, visible veins and a couple of cracks. The aroma is very pleasant; Chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and allspice. The tip also has a nice sweetness to it (if you like that type of thing).
The draw is very loose and the tip tastes of a sweet pumpkin spice. This sample also suffers from sloppy constructions. There are lateral soft areas adjacent to rock hard firm spots. Upon first light the aroma in the room was of burning leaves. Not tobacco leaves. The flavor started out very light and was reminiscent of a perfumed sweet coffee. It has a slight bit of pepper and a slight bite. The taste reminds me of an artificial coffee infused cigar sweetened with an artificial sweetener. Medium strength with hints of black pepper round out the smoking experience
As I work through the first third, the burn is crazy along ash flakes that continue to drop off. This is not the cigar to smoke in the car (unless you like ashes blowing all over your ride). This cigar doesn’t feel like much thought went into it. I would almost bet that General Cigar picked some rejects, added an infusion to them, slapped a label on them and sent them out to the (suckers) I mean consumers who would buy them. The infusion is not overwhelming and the slight pepper continues to linger.
There is not much to this cigar that would make me want to smoke it again. This would be a good yard or golf course cigar. You need to smoke this one you don’t want to think much about this cigar while you are smoking it. If I had no cigar and someone offered this one, I would smoke it again.