JC Newman

June 08, 2024

CAO FASA Sol Toro (6 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by General Cigar)

CAO is launching two new collections called CAO FASA Sol and CAO FASA Noche. The lines share the same blend yet offer unique smoking experiences due to their distinctive wrappers.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager explains, “We built CAO FASA on a versatile, nuanced blend that combines a Cameroon binder with fillers from the Dominican Republic and three Nicaraguan growing regions. From this foundation, we set out to highlight the importance of the wrapper on the overall experience of the cigar. CAO FASA Sol and CAO FASA Noche could not be more alike, yet they could not be more different. They’re literally like night and day, and still perfect for either occasion. This is what CAO is all about…taking our fans on a journey through the tobaccos we choose.”

CAO FASA Sol and FASA Noche will be available as full-time additions to the CAO portfolio. Both blends will be offered in a Toro (6 x 50; $6.99) and Gigante (6 x 60; 7.99) format, packed in 24-count boxes.

Today we look at the FASA Sol.

CAO FASA Sol is handcrafted in Honduras at HATSA and features a Honduran Olancho San Agustin (OSA) wrapper. Blended to offer a seamless transition from start to finish, FASA Sol gradually increases in strength to a medium plus profile, as its nuances build from roasted almonds to five-spice and toast. This is a captivating smoke that engages from draw to retrohale.

The cigar is nicely made and has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a pear/apple combination, light brown sugar, and leathery black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Pretty good start.

At the first third (34 minutes) the notes were the same but the leathery black coffee has risen a little. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is leathery black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is not too bad. I rated the first third 92.

Moving through the second third (1 hour 4 minutes) the notes are still the same but the leathery black coffee has increased a little more. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The sweet notes are gradually decreasing and the leathery black coffee is gradually increasing. At this point I rated the cigar a 90. 

The cigar lasted 1 hour 34 minutes. In the final third the sweet notes bounced back. I had nice pear/apple notes with nice brown sugar. The leathery black coffee went back to a manageable amount. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I rated the final third 92. Not a bad cigar. Give it a try.

Overall Score: 91.33

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