Our Score (4 / 5)


  • RH – 69%
  • MSRP – $80.99 For A Box Of 10
  • Smoke Time – 1 Hour & 35 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Nicaraguan
  • Binder – Honduran
  • Filler – Dominican Republic, Honduran, Nicaraguan
  • Length – 6
  • Ring Gauge – 54

Initial Reactions and Appearance

CAO Esteli TAA Exclusive 2018 has no soft spots and the wrapper looks quite good. There’s a very earthy flavor on the unlit draw.

First Third

The first couple of puffs are dry and very bitter, and there’s a little bit of pepper flavor on the retrohale. The beginning of the smoke is a little disappointing for a TAA series, but after a little while the bitterness and dryness is replaced by a smooth earthy flavor, which is still accompanied by the pepper on the retrohale.

Second Third

Even more pepper on the retrohale, and the earth flavors increase in intensity as well. A bit of leather and coffee shows up to add to the complexity, making CAO Esteli TAA Exclusive 2018 significantly better than it was on the first few puffs. The draw is really good, and I have no complaints about the burn.

Final Third

Each of the established flavors are still present, but the coffee becomes a little more apparent. Toward the end, CAO Esteli TAA Exclusive 2018 really starts to kick in nicotine-wise.

Would I Smoke CAO Esteli TAA Exclusive 2018 Again?

Yes. The beginning of the smoke was a bit disappointing, but as the flavors developed, CAO Esteli TAA Exclusive 2018 became much more complex and enjoyable.

 

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