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CAO Bones review by Don José

Today I will be reviewing the

Bones Blind Hughie Toro

by CAO.

 
 

If this is your first time here, my reviews rate each cigar on 10 factors and each factor gets a rating out of 10 giving me an overall out of 100. The 10 factors are: Construction, Draw, Burn, Flavour, 1/3 overall, 2/3 overall, 3/3 overall, Journey (how well it flows), Value for money and Overall Enjoyment.
 
Ok, so let’s take a look at how this stick is put together.

Brand CAO
 Size Blind Hughie Toro
Origin 
Nicaragua
Wrapper
Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder
Connecticut shade
Filler
Nicaraguan, Dominican Piloto Cubano and Honduran
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The newest release from the CAO brand is the Bones - “Bones is about kicking back with your friends with a cold beer in your hand, playing a game, smoking, grilling, talking a little trash and having the time of your life,” says Rick Rodriguez, CAO brand ambassador and creator of the stick.
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CAO is an interesting brand. Many people disregard them quite promptly, solely due to the fact that they seem to release dozens of new sticks every year and have so many cigars available that "surely they cant be good" but as a fan of CAO for many, many years I can still say I've never really had a bad cigar from them. I have however had some bloody outstanding sticks from their line in the likes of the Amazon range, Flathead line and the Cameroon.
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A little about the wrapper itself. Connecticut Broadleaf is grown in the open sunlight, mostly in the Connecticut River Valley. it grows as a short, bushy plant with very wide leaves, hence the name, and being grown fully exposed to the sun causes the leaf to grow thick and full of sugars. After curing they get very dark so it is among the prized wrapper leaves used to make many maduro cigars. The plants are stalk cut meaning the entire plant harvested at one time.

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Ok time to see how it stacks up.
 
Construction   10/10
Burn 9/10
Draw 9/10
Flavour  8/10
Complexity  8/10
Strength 87%
First 1/3 9/10
Second 1/3 8/10
Third 1/3 9/10
 
Construction & Burn
Construction and Burn are both fantastic, this is something that CAO really have mastered. Noted that like pretty much every CAO ever made this stick is dense and heavy and if you didn't know CAO as a brand you would think the draw would be shockingly bad.. but somehow they make them perfectly. Wrapper is oily and full of teeth (another common trait of CAO sticks.)

Flavour & Complexity
Nice flavours and good complexity... Nice and Good, not quite outstanding but very enjoyable. Flavours are Coffee and Cream with a bit of pepper to finish and some earth and woody notes dotted about throughout.
Strength
Just shy of full strength for me, pretty common ground for CAO. You wont be disappointed if your a fan of solid sticks but its manageable for a medium smoker too. 
Overall
Overall another great stick by the team at CAO. One thing I will say is that while this cigar is a new stick from them, its isn't an overly new blend.. they have done very similar things before, from some of their other factories.. I guess what I'm saying is that while this is a damn tasty cigar, its not anything new as such... That said, I rated it 90 points so maybe new isn't necessary!
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