Blind Exchange: Review No. 4

I took a little break from the Blind review exchange with Charlie but I’ve brought it back. Although it’s not much of an exchange, since I still haven’t given him any un-banded cigars to smoke. But that’s my bad. Anyways, here is the fourth review in the series.

This cigar measures in between 4.75 and 5 inches long, with an approximate 50 ring gauge. The cigar is dressed in a medium brown wrapper with a reddish hue. Although there are numerous visible veins on the wrapper, they are not detectable to the touch form the box press. The aroma of both the wrapper and foot remind me of a tobacco barn. Nice looking stick so I’ll fire it up and see what path it takes me down.

Reveal & Reaction

So I enjoyed the cigar. The cigar burned well, and provided a nice complex array of flavors. The flavors managed to make subtle changes throughout the entire burn time that really kept things interesting. I was surprised to find out that this was a CAO Italia Cuban Press. Although I’d never sampled the Cuban Press, I have had a few Italias. In my previous experiences I wasn’t all that thrilled, but this new Cuban Press really kept my interest. I’d consider buying this cigar, and would advise someone to try it.

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Absolutely love the blind reviews! There is no brand recognition to sway your opinion nor can you base it on other cigars by the same manufacturer. I used to smoke the ciao size in the Italia, but I swear something changed in them to make them stronger than they used to be, so I tend to shy away from them now. I have had the cuban box press sampler and all of the cigars in that sampler seem to be stronger than the normal robusto sizes to me.


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