Out of the CAO Escaparate, a four-hundred-thousand count isolated solid cedar humidor at CAO HQ in Nashville, Tennessee. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Sungrown Habano leaf with hints of cedar, earth, and leather. The binder is of Colombian origin, and the filler is wholly composed of Colombian tobaccos. These Escaparate cigars come in hexagonal boxes or Ruedas, each Rueda comes loaded with fifty cellophane and ribbon secured vitolas. Up until just recently this proprietary blend was produced solely for Serious Cigars in Texas, but now it’s being produced for Davidus Cigars with a dissimilar second band displaying “Castro Brothers” & and an embossed “CB”.


The wrapper has a good smooth tooth to it, and tastes of cedar, espresso beans, and leather; with a 7mm punch to head there’s a smooth but tight draw with a hint of French roast coffee off of the un-toasted foot through the draw. This corona weighs in at 5.5 x 46.

The toasted foot smells of cedar, cocoa, espresso, and toast.

The hints off of the lit foot are composed of cedar, flora, ground espresso beans, and mocha. The ash is of a salt and pepper complexion, and the smoke is a nice shade of white; this corona burns with quite a canoe on the foot.

At roughly four and a half inches there’s an occasional hint of ammonia and sulfates, with more favorable hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate. The smoke off of the nose smells of butter cream, red peppers, and rose water.

The ash rings in one millimeter thick bands and flaky; around three inches the corona’s canoe corrects itself.

The smoke tastes of caramel, earth, sugar cane, vanilla, and very subtle undertones of cracked peppercorns.

In a larger ring gauge this blend ought to be much more favorable, and have a longer burn time, this particular corona burns in full in approximately thirty to forty minutes at best. It’s a very earth medium-medium body and strength cigar; towards the last inch and a half the cigar burns quite hot, which is not necessarily common amongst all coronas.

The corona finishes with hints of earth, hickory, white peppercorns, and vanilla.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike, Maryland, 20852; for 7.50 before tax on May 27th.

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