Brand: CAO Cigars Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5.5 x 44 Wrapper: Criollo Maduro
Price: $8.95 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
If you live in Nashville then you should love this label. Uptown Smoke Shop is one of the most well known B&Ms in the city and having a cigar with their logo on it makes me proud! The name Six One Five references the Nashville area code, making this CAO a love letter to those of us in the area. Thanks CAO!
What We Liked:
This is the second CAO Escaparate I’ve had the pleasure of smoking. Like the CAO Escaparate Columbia, the Six One Five was aged five years in a special humidor located in CAO headquarters before being released into the wild. Since smoking the Columbia, I was able to visit this humidor while visiting the guys at Crowned Heads, who now reside in the old CAO “Oz” building. It’s now longer filled with cigars, but instead with pieces of art selected by CAO founder himself, Cano A. Ozgener.
Once you get beyond the cool factor of the CAO Nashville, you’ll find one of the best CAO offerings I’ve had the privilege of smoking. It starts out fantastically, with a rich earth and a hint of spice on the back of your tongue. After an inch or so, the sweetness ramps up as a distinct chocolate flavor makes it’s presence known. At this point in the stick, I’m beginning to think the Six One Five is one of my favorite CAO offerings.
By the time I reach the halfway point, I’m convinced. The chocolate is now accompanied by a slightly bitter coffee, giving the profile a delicious balance of some of my most desirable flavors. There isn’t a whole lot more to it after you get to the center, as it’s a short smoke and can easily be nubbed in 45 minutes to an hour.
Prior to the Six One Five, I’d been on a horrendous CAO burn streak, with the Brazilia Carnivale and CAO Escaparate Columbia both giving me major problems. The Six One Five has done some much needed course correction with straight burns and long ashes.
What We Didn’t Like:
This is the best CAO stick I’ve ever had and I’m not sure I can ever have it again! With CAO no longer in Nashville and under new management, I can’t imagine this blend ever seeing the light of day again. My only hope is that Uptown still has some stashed away and I can stock up before they are gone forever. Nobody else go to Uptown until I get a chance!
Should You Try/Buy It:
Unless you live in or visit Nashville, this may be impossible. Even then, I’m honestly not sure if Uptown still has them in stock. That’s really a shame, as I do feel this is the best CAO stick I’ve ever had. I’m going to hold out hope that some sort of revival happens in the future, and swing by Uptowns in the meantime to see if I can grab a few more.