Cigar Review: CAO Hurricane

Cigar Review: CAO Hurricane

CAO Cigars / General Cigar Co.
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 6″ x 54
Strength: full bodied
Price: $6.99 MSRP

Overall Rating: 8.2

Just in time for Hurricane Season in the south east comes the Hurricane from CAO. The CAO Hurricane grew out of last year’s Last Stick Standing contest where smokers were given three blends and asked for them to vote for the blend they liked the most. The Hurricane was the winning blend, and has found its way to store shelves as part of the CAO Natural Disasters series. The production of the hurricane is limited to 3000 boxes of 10 (30,000 total cigars). This is a cigar that is not for everyone, but it is certainly one of the better cigars released by CAO in recent years. Full bodied and flavorful, but lacking in complexity, the CAO Hurricane is a cigar worth trying at least once.

Pre-Light: The red and black double band looks great against the dark oily wrapper. The hurricane logo looks a little too much like that of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey logo, but there are only so many ways to represent a hurricane with a simple image.

This a a great looking cigar! And is quite well constructed. The Hurricane is a bit firm and dry to the touch. There is a leather and woodsy aroma from the unlit cigar. Sweet tobacco and a hit of something fruity come through on the fairly easy pre-light draw.

Burn: For the most part, the Hurricane burns pretty even with no lighter touch ups required. The draw is pretty easy and looses up a bit too much towards the end.

Flavor: Immediately upon lighting the CAO Hurricane there is an almost cherry cola flavor that is quite pleasing. The cola remains and is joined by sweet cedar and hints red peppers. There’s the occasional hint of spice and leather that poke through. In the second third, peppers and wood are the dominant flavors. Cola, leather, dried cherries and black pepper are background flavors. The final third sees a earthiness creep in along with a bit of coffee, but pepper and spice really take over at this point. It’s in the last two inches that this cigar really comes into its own.

Overall: I went into this cigar with low expectations, but the Hurricane is one of the better cigars CAO has put out in recent years. It was well made and had a good amount of flavor. What was disappointing was the lack of development and complexity to the cigar; other than towards the very end there were few major changes in the flavor profile. Still, the Hurricane is pretty descent overall. I’ll probably revisit it occasionally, but I won’t be adding it to my humidor on a regular basis.

Pairing: The CAO Hurricane is the kind of cigar that pairs quite well with a fruity single malt such as the Glenmorangie Lasanta, Balvenie 17 DoubleWood or Cardu 12. A sweet sipping rum like a Zafra would also compliment the Hurricane nicely.

Review by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)