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CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Cfickter (Chuck). The cigar provided for this round is the CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro.

To honor the "old-world tobacco processing methods", CAO is revisited the unique old and rustic fermentation process of Andullo tobacco into their cigar the CAO Arcana Mortal Coil.  Like the name states, this cigar takes a rustic leaf of Andullo tobacco and rolls it into long cylinders, then wraps them tightly in palm tree pods and hangs them up like a sausage to undergo fermentation for two years. This results in typically sweet, dense logs of concentrated Dominican tobacco. These "logs" are then combined with a Connecticut shade binder and a filler blend of Honduran tobacco from the Jamastran Valley, Nicaraguan tobacco from EstelĂ­ and some Dominican Piloto Cubano and encases it all inside of dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.




CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro

Brand:
CAO
Name:
Arcana Mortal Coil Toro
Length:
6.1
Ring Gauge:
50
Country of Origin:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Honduras
Nicaragua
Binder:
Connecticut Shade
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro
Average Member Purchase Price:
$9.24
Average Member Rating:
4.5 star rating based on 3 Review(s) (3 Review(s))
Notes:
This cigar takes a rustic leaf of Andullo tobacco and rolls it into long cylinders wraps them tightly in palm tree pods and hangs them up like a sausage to undergo fermentation for two years. This results in typically sweet, dense logs of concentrated Dominican tobacco. These "logs" are then combined with a Connecticut shade binder and a filler blend of Honduran tobacco from the Jamastran Valley, Nicaraguan tobacco from EstelĂ­ and some Dominican Piloto Cubano and encases it all inside of dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. https://www.smallbatchcigar.com/cao-arcana-mortal-coil
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

The dark wrapper and band on the cigar standout. The band nicely offsets the darkness of the wrapper. The band is very interesting, it's longer than the cigar and is wrapped around the cigar like a coil.

The wrapper isn't the prettiest, bit bumpy and a few small veins.

The cigar smells familiar but I can't place it, it smells good. The cigar is firm. I used a punch cut and the draw feels great.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar from start to finish had a razor sharp burn line. the only relight required was because I dropped it on the floor and yeah...

Smoke volume was wonderful due to the great draw and consistent burn. the ash was solid, easily holding on for an inch +.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Up front, I only deducted a couple points because I thought the wrapper was a bit ugly.

The draw was perfect for me and the cigar was solid throughout. No soft spots, no tunneling. The construction was near flawless and the cigar performed wonderfully as a result. Total smoke time was 1hr 47

Flavor and Aroma: 38 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar wasn't overly complex in my opinion so I'm not breaking it down into thirds or halves. And my score reflects this lack of complexity.

Medium to medium full profile, but I didn't feel like the strength ever eclipsed the medium range. It was an easy smooth smoking experience.

The profile is heavy earth and wood. It has a very dark feel to the profile. It's difficult to describe in flavors, it was more of a feeling for me. This actually was very enjoyable to me. In the last half I did get a few notes of anise, I really like when a cigar gives me this note. It didn't last long though and kind of transitioned into a peppery spice.

The retrohale was very smooth and complimented the dark earthy profile of the cigar.

Summary

I'd like to thank Chuck for providing the cigar for this review. I found the cigar very enjoyable; the profile was right up my ally. Just a bit of a one trick pony in my opinion.

I might have to seek out a fiver just to have on hand, they are good cigars and an easy relaxing experience.


   
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