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CAO Amazon Basin Cigar Review

Welcome to our comprehensive CAO Amazon Basin Cigar Review. We’re thrilled to share insights into the 2024 release of this unique cigar, a standout in the world of premium smokes. This review will delve into the history, construction, flavor profile, and overall smoking experience of the CAO Amazon Basin, ensuring you have all the information you need before lighting up.

Introduction to the 2024 CAO Amazon Basin

The CAO Amazon Basin series has been capturing the attention of cigar aficionados since its inception in 2014. The 2024 release continues this legacy, featuring the distinctive Brazilian Bragança tobacco, cultivated by indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest. This rare tobacco, harvested in limited quantities, adds an exclusive touch to the smoking experience. This year’s release was highly anticipated, with production figures expected to be slightly less than the 6,000 boxes produced in 2022.

Construction and Appearance

The 2024 CAO Amazon Basin stands out with its dark, oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, complemented by a unique brown twine band, reflecting its artisanal origins. The cigar is robust, with a firm feel that suggests excellent construction. The pre-light draw offers hints of earth and spice, promising a complex flavor profile.

Flavor Profile

First Third:

  • Initial Light: The first few puffs reveal a rich blend of chocolate and pepper, with a firm draw and a hint of sweetness.
  • Transition: As the cigar settles, the chocolate notes diminish, giving way to earthy and cedar flavors with a touch of raisin sweetness and a lingering peppery finish.

Second Third:

  • Evolution: The second third sees the emergence of strong dark chocolate notes, an unusual development as most cigars tend to mellow out. Additionally, hints of black licorice and cedar come into play, enhancing the overall complexity.

Final Third:

  • Culmination: In the final stretch, the cigar transitions to dominant cedar and pepper flavors, with subtle chocolate undertones reappearing. This section showcases the cigar’s dynamic nature, ensuring a non-monotonous experience.

Burn and Draw

The CAO Amazon Basin excels in construction, providing a consistent burn and smooth draw throughout the smoking session. Despite a minor instance of canoeing, the cigar generally maintains a straight burn line and firm ash. The smoke production is substantial, enhancing the enjoyment of each puff.

Pairing Recommendations

To complement the flavors of the CAO Amazon Basin, consider pairing it with:

  • Dark Roast Coffee: Enhances the earthy and chocolate notes.
  • Smoky Scotch or Smooth Bourbon: Complements the cigar’s complexity and depth.
  • Fine Port Wine: Balances the savory and spicy elements with its sweetness.

Unique Features

One intriguing aspect of the CAO Amazon Basin is the question of whether to smoke through the twine band. While it’s generally advised to remove it, this unique feature adds to the cigar’s overall appeal and mystique.

Final Thoughts

The CAO Amazon Basin is not just a cigar; it’s an experience. From its unique origin story to its dynamic flavor profile, it offers something truly special. We rated it around a 90, it lives up to the hype and is worth every penny, especially given the extraordinary journey of its tobacco from the Amazon rainforest to your humidor.

For those seeking an unparalleled smoking experience, the CAO Amazon Basin is a must-try. Its blend of tobaccos from five different countries creates a complex and evolving flavor profile that will satisfy even the most discerning smoker.

Thank you for joining us for this CAO Amazon Basin Cigar Review. Stay tuned for more reviews, cigar education videos, and industry interviews from the Flying Cigar Co. Studio. If you enjoyed this review, please share it with fellow enthusiasts and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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