Adorned in a proprietary capa from Olancho San Augustin, Honduras from 2008; with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and joint Honduran and Nicaraguan filler comes the newest product from CAO; and their new product development team forged under the auspices of General Cigar. Thus the OSA Sol was born, today’s review revolves around the IPCPR 2011 showing of the Lot 50, a 5″x50 Robusto.

The utterly smooth, tawny brown capa, smells faintly of alum, asparagus, black peppercorns, cumin, molasses, and sea salt; and is absent of any taste.

The toasted foot smells of caramel, cashews, ginger, mesquite, nutmeg, rock salt, and sugar cane.

I’m unimpressed by the absence of flavor from the capa, the smoke off the draw however comes laden with hints of almonds, alum, dill, fennel, hazelnut, jalapeños, mocha, paprika,  and sharp cheddar.

The Sol is a wholly underwhelming medium bodied & medium strength cigar, and frankly needs at least another two years of aging and marrying; in short it’s a failed attempt by CAO & General Cigar to develop a new product.