Brand: CAO Country: Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 54 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Price: $8.00 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
The Heatwave is one of four new sticks being released as part of the “Natural Disasters” line by CAO, which began with the limited edition Hurricane last year. I’m not a huge fan of the design of each of the labels, as I think it comes off a bit gimmicky. However, Shakespeare said it best, “What’s in a name? That which we call a Heatwave by any other name would smell as sweet.” Or something like that.
What We Liked:
Before lighting up, I’m already excited. This is for two reasons; 1. This cigar came to me by way of a Stogies On The Rocks giveaway, and as you know, the best cigars are the ones you get for free. Reason #2 is because the pre-light draw was intriguing. There was a mild, sweet and delicious tobacco flavor luring me in. One oddity was my draw felt a bit loose, almost like when you suck through a straw that has a hole in it. As far as I could tell, the wrapper had no holes, but maybe there was a tiny one buried somewhere.
The CAO Heatwave starts off with a creamy leather and the faintest hint of spice. The entire first inch is super smooth and mild, making me think this is a fantastic morning smoke with coffee. Of course, being so mild, you could smoke this any time of day without any issue. I’m simply trying to make a recommendation here. You can smoke this whenever you want.
Halfway in, there isn’t a whole lot to report. It’s still a super smooth smoking experience with silky, creamy leather dominating. The spice never seems to gain any momentum, leaving the stick consistently smooth and mild through to the final puffs. As generic as it sounds, I honestly think I’ll grab some of these the next time I’m golfing. I don’t like to golf with super premium sticks, as I’m typically not paying that much attention. However, the Heatwave does a great job of burning slow while providing a quality experience without any fuss.
What We Didn’t Like:
I found zero changes in flavor profile throughout the entire 5+ inches of the 6 inch smoke that I finished. I don’t typically care a whole lot about this, but there is so little going on to begin with that if you don’t love the Heatwave immediately, there isn’t a strong reason to stick around. It’s still an enjoyable and mild cigar that I would definitely smoke again….in the right situation.
It’s also worth noting that I did not, in fact, smoke this cigar during a Heatwave. It was a perfectly pleasant 75 degree early afternoon in May. Maybe the true nature of the stick comes out if smoked during the corresponding natural disaster. That will make it challenging as we progress through the rest of the CAO Natural Disaster lineup.
Should You Try/Buy It:
At around $8….let’s just start with a single. There are certainly cigars that I’d rather smoke in that price range, but if you’re looking for an excellent stick for the golf course, this is a perfect option. It definitely gives the La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe a run for it’s money.