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BLIND CAO Arcana Mortal Coil

BLIND CAO Arcana Mortal Coil

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Connecticut Shade

Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan

Vitola: Toro 

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CAO Mortal Coil Review


Summary:  For some reason, the dark matte wrapper looks unnatural to me, as though it’s been painted. Applejack on the pre-light. Once lit, this cigar tastes like a chocolate dessert that I’d order two of!  Before I’m an inch down however, a chemical note drops an out-of-place minor chord.  Smoke barrels out from the head and foot while the retrohale-burn persists longer than I prefer.  

The chocolate note that was a boon to the beginning becomes bland like chocolate teddy grahams.  Cinnamon. The wrapper just split horizontally halfway down the cigar.  (Do they make tobacco bandaids?)  I don’t listen to The Script, but this cigar is falling to pieces.  Not my cup of chocolate. 

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Eating a giant chocolate bunny on Christmas.

Pairing Suggestion: Stout.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.


Blind CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Review



Summary: The good: the cold draw on this cigar is packed with anise flavor. The bad: just about everything after that.

The cigar brought flavors of anise, leather, dark chocolate, cherry, earth, mineral, vegetal, pepper, and citrus sourness. The mineral, vegetal, sour notes weren't a good combination together. The draw was loose - there was very little resistance at all. It burned unevenly. The cigar had a noticeable-but-not-huge curve toward one side.

I should have stopped at the cold draw.

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Keeping a cigar in your mouth for a party without lighting it.

Pairing Suggestion: Hot chocolate.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


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Summary: This Toro shaped cigar is dark and toothy on the wrapper.  The cold draw is a bit over the top; stick with me.  Dried apricot, and a flavor I can only hesitantly name soy sauce.  There’s a super strong tobacco note too...like Red Man chewing tobacco.  Interestingly, when I cut the cap the filler tobacco jumped out at me, being significantly darker than the binder.

Starting off with what I can only describe as a perfume flavor mixed with rich tobacco notes and a bit of sweetness.  It’s honestly not bad it’s just very unique.  I can say with confidence I’ve never smoked a cigar like it.  Nice sharp burn and lots of smoke have it earning good performance marks.  Further in a shift in the profile with rich wood notes, chai, floral notes and grilled pork.  

Middle section remains a solid mix of floral coated wood notes, grilled meat, mild tobacco and a touch of sweetness.  A+ construction and performance.  

The last portion of the cigar is just a simple carbon copy of the middle section as well. The construction and performance of the cigar has been perfect and while the flavors are enjoyable, for me this cigar would be a rarity in my rotation simply because of how unique the flavor profile is. 

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Eating dinner at an unknown restaurant in an unknown town while on vacation. 

Pairing Suggestion: Porter.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.


Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process. 


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6/11/2021 1:11 PM
I have smoked three of these. I think “Wisconsin” and I had a similar experience, minus the grilled pork. Definitely unique but not something I’d miss if SB stopped carrying them. Still worth a try.