I am a maduro fan and always will be. Recent years have seen increased interest in maduro wrappers, with Connecticut broadleaf being the hottest leaf for the past few trade shows. Now, we are beginning to see companies heading south of the US and entering into Mexico for their maduro wrapper. While Mexican San Andres has always been popular, companies like Foundation and My Father have used it recently to tremendous acclaim. Ricky Rodriguez and the team at CAO, who already broke new ground the with Amazon Series, have decided to throw their hat in the ring and release the first CAO using Mexican tobacco.

   


    The CAO Zocalo, named after the main square in Mexico City, is a stunning smoke from one of this generations hottest blenders. It uses Nicaraguan filler tobaccos to give you that nice sweet spice followed by a Cameroon binder for a bit of toothiness and cedar notes. The finishing touch is a Morron wrapper grown in the heart of the San Andres Valley in Mexico. This dark leaf gives off intense notes of chocolate, earth and spice along with a tremendous amount of smoke.

 


    They were shipped out to coincide with Cinco de Mayo, making this in fact a perfect holiday smoke. It is a great cigar, don’t get me wrong, but for any member of the cigar community it is more than that. It shows the versatility of CAO, particularly Ricky, and how they can effectively adapt to the market. It also shows the prominence of Mexican tobacco. With cigars like the Casa Turrent 1880, Wise Man Maduro, and now the CAO Zocalo, I think we are about to enter into a delicious era of Mexican tobacco.


POSTED ON May 02, 2018

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