Named for its rarely-used filler leaves from the Benevenuto region of Italy, CAO Italia is a different kind of full-bodied smoke. These dark-wrapped beauties are complex and heady with notes of cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, and spicy red pepper. And need I mention the construction? After all, it’s made by CAO, the guys who draw-test every one of their cigars before releasing them to the public. If you like your stogies strong, unique, and solidly-rolled, the CAO Italia is not one that you want to miss.
By John on Nov 12, 2019
I write this review because when I come across an excellent cigar and an exceptional value, I would like to pass along my personal opinion.
As in most cases personal taste is subjective, and I will try to be as objective as possible.
This CAO is delicious from start to finish, and I usually smoke them to the nub. The flavor is consistent, and for a medium to full Maduro, it is not harsh. The roll is firm and the draw is even with a very nice slow burn and even ash.
And for the cost, I feel it is a very good value. I happen to prefer full bodied Maduro's, and I always look forward to enjoying this beauty. Unfortunately, my significant other does not want smoking in the house, so I'm relegated to the deck or garage, but this CAO never fails me.
I know that reading others reviews is a hit or miss proposition, so I hope this helps with others decisions.
Combined with a nice single malt or a cold beer, this is my favorite dessert after a nice meal.
And to adventurous, give it try, I think you will agree, enjoy!
By Lar on Nov 4, 2016
Great draw and very smooth with a nice mild taste
By pete on Nov 6, 2015
CAO in general are really good, this one holds true to that standard. Tightly rolled with a steady draw.
By Evan on Mar 30, 2015