The CAO OSA Sol should be on your shop’s shelves by now. I’ve been working on this review since I first sampled the Lot 50 (Robusto) at IPCPR. Having smoked almost a box worth of the three various sizes I figured now is a good time as any to expand on the thoughts I’ve shared in various episodes of Week in Smoke. Those who have been around Stogie Review awhile know the closeness I shared with the old guard of CAO and I’ll be the first to admit that I thought that CAO would become just another product in the catalog of General Cigar. That it wouldn’t have any creativity, character or soul to the product.
Video runs a bit over 16 minutes which I know is longer than my typical reviews but its more than just a review, its a bit of a editorial too. After meeting Ed McKenna and Rick Rodriguez and more importantly after smoking the CAO OSA Sol, I’m confident that CAO is in good hands. But I do have some friendly advice to share. Again, its basically expanding on the little snippets I’ve shared in Week in Smoke episodes.
The CAO OSA Sol has gotten mixed reviews in the blogosphere. I think the Lot 54 (Toro) size was the wrong size to send to bloggers to do reviews. While the Lot 54 and Lot 58 (Double Toro) are okay the Lot 50 (Robusto) is a much more fascinating and engaging cigar. The OSA wrapper is bright, unique and special. I hope Ed and Rick plan to take advantage of the qualities of the OSA wrapper by featuring it on a smaller ring gauge. Let that wrapper shine baby! I talk about the pricing of the OSA Sol as compared to the La Traviata. While the OSA Sol is priced close to the La Traviata I would’ve shown some love to the CAO skeptics and priced the OSA Sol so that it costs no more than the La Traviata. I know, at MSRP we are talking like
85 80 cents and around $25 a box but hey, every little bit counts right?
Just my two cents, I’m not a marketing genius. I’m just a dude who smokes cigars in front of a camera in his backyard for fun and occasionally dresses up as a turkey. Thanks to CAO and General for the samples and thanks to W.Curtis Draper for carrying them. The size you choose of the CAO OSA Sol is key. The Lot 54 and Lot 58 are okay, maybe even pretty good but as we all know, there are a lot of okay and pretty good cigars out there. I’m like you, I’m always looking for something special! The Lot 50 size, is impeccable with its bright, dynamic and balanced flavor profile. Its a definite box purchase.