In typical CAO fashion, they managed to again come out with another cigar that reeks of gimmick. It’s inspiration comes from dominoes and dice. “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,” CAO brand ambassador Ricky Rodriguez said. Is that also why you included a cheap set of dice with a box purchase? Let’s all agree the connection is a bit cheesy and frivolous.This isn’t a bud light commercial. Any way, we aren’t here to take our digs at CAO and their marketing. We are here to see if the Bones has the bones.
Construction - Consistency in construction is going to naturally vary, it’s part of the human effort in the rolling process, however we still don't know how cap placement and structure can be so different from one cigar to another. One was perfectly placed and molded like “Michelangelo” blessed it with a touch of his fingertip, and the other looked like a failed Kindergarten art project. Outside of that though, the expectation of a firm, oily, and toothy Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper was there, and the rest of the cigar was appropriately presentable in a primitive kind of way.
Burn - Overall between both samples, the burn was actually pretty good. Both cigars smoked consistently with a nice even burn line which can be challenging for such a stout vitola. One sample had an absolutely amazing draw, with an equally matched smoke production, while the other was par for the course.
Flavor - This cigar starts off tangy with a subtle spice to back it up. So tangy and with a mineral sensation in fact it's like someone tossing a few pennies in a piggy bank and that piggy bank was our mouths. There are probably few that like the tanginess of Honduran as much as we do, so for us to say it's a bit overwhelming means it means just that. The flavor doesn't change much at all in the first 3rd, keeping the same characteristics. The cigar imparts a roasted cocoa flavor right at the halfway point, and although it offers a nice change up, it did little to balance the cigar, but the flash of flavor itself was enjoyable. In the final 3rd that traditional Dominican flavor really peeks out from behind the curtains, which brightens up the cigar a lot at the finish line and for us that is a good way to finish the race.
Decent smoke to try.
This comes in at an aggressive $8.00 price point, which considering the vitola, makes it seem like a great deal, We will say overall The flavor is pretty one dimensional. It's not offensive but didn’t certainly didn’t cause us to celebrate it’s presence. Like a lot of CAOs this seems like brand before blend.
CAO was founded in 1968 and our factory is located in Nicaragua. While our company is rich with history, our passion is creating new cigars using unique and rare tobaccos.