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CAO Escaparate Costa Rica

Monday, November 30th, 2009

While browsing the incredible selection at The Corona Cigar Company in Orlando, I ran across the cigar being reviewed today. You can only find this cigar at Corona, either online or at their retail stores. The Escaparate blends are from CAO that will never see regular production. They claim these prototypes contain rare tobaccos that simply can’t be mass produced. Tim Ozgener released some of these blends to Corona Cigar Company exclusively as a result. Now that those details are out of the way, read on and see what I thought of the CAO Escaparate Costa Rica.

Wrapper: Coata Rican Maduro

Binder: Ecuador

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 5.5 x 42

Price: $7.00

Pre-smoke & Construction:

Squeezing the cigars  revealed one or two small soft spots that were too small to be of concern. The wrapper looked nice overall, and had a simple woody smell. Sniffing the foot revealed the same woody odor with a slight spice. The pre-light draw was good, and had a sweet, woody taste.

The burn required no corrections. The ash was a little flakey and held for a little under an inch.

1CAO Costa Rica


The first third began with simple earthy flavors. I could pick up woody notes and spice when passing the smoke through the nose. The spice had a peppery feel to it but didn’t have a lot of punch.

2CAO Costa Rica

The second third had a slight increase sweet peppery spice. The woody flavors were pretty dry and left me craving water. The earthy flavors dipped way back and coffee took its place.

3CAO Costa Rica

The last third again had a dominant dry woody flavor. Next up was a sweet pepper, and a mild sweet coffee entered the picture. It reminded me of coffee with a little sugar and cream.

4CAO Costa Rica


Rarely does an advertisers description of flavors hold true. This time around, I did get all of the flavors Corona claimed I would get. It wasn’t exact, but it was close. The body stayed in the medium range and never got harsh. My complaints were the excessive dryness of the smoke. Although the flavors were not bad, it overall seemed unrefined and flat. For $7.00 I think you can get a cigar with much more bang for the buck. It was an OK cigar.

G.A.R. by George Rico

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The cigar up for review today was sent to me by Mike. Some of you may know of him as @KnightRid on Twitter. The package contained a few cigars that he wanted my opinion on. Included in his care package was two GAR’s. I smoked them both for this review. I paired up with water and got to it.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo

Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Filler: Honduras

Size: Robusto Grande 5.5 x 52

Price: Around $8.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The Corojo wrapper was shiny with a few mid sized veins. Sitting atop was a nicely placed triple cap. Squeezing the length of the cigar revealed no soft spots, and the wrapper smelled of sweet wood and earth. The foot smelled similar, but had more woody notes and a bit of a peppery zing. The pre-light draw was a little stiff, but I could live with it. The pre-smoke draw had an interesting sweet taste of earth and something else I couldn’t pin down.

The burn was great, requiring no touch up’s. The ash held for well over an inch and took effort to knock off. Construction overall was great.



The first third began with a smooth earthy, almost woody flavor.  A very slight pepper was noticed when passing through the sinus. There wasn’t anything more to it then that.


The second third began with a smooth textured smoke feel. There was a peppery component when exhaling through the nose. Literally about two times, I thought I noticed a sweet caramel. Unfortunately, that sweetness didn’t stick around. An earthy flavor lingered slightly, but transformed into nothingness. The pepper went away and became an annoying sensation in the nose.


The last third mainly had no flavor. Some draws had a sweet caramely flavor, others had nothing. At times I could pick out a bitterness that wasn’t good or bad. It was just there. When I passed the smoke through the nose, it was a somewhat harsh experience. But again, the main flavor was nothing.



The first third was almost an OK medium bodied cigar. The rest of the cigar did nothing for me. The irritating smoke feel just got on my nerves after awhile. I try to focus on the positive aspects of a cigar when doing a review, but I had a hard time doing that. In all honesty this cigar was one of the most annoying reviews I’ve done in awhile. I could have written the review in a much more condensed format. “This cigar was mediocre at best.”

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