CAO Black

18 responses

  1. Matt
    July 9, 2007

    I don’t know if it was my computer or something, but this video kept fast forwarding in parts. It started about the middle of the video. Good review otherwise anyway….

  2. Walt
    July 9, 2007

    I’ll take a look at it when I get home. It may be the video itself (I’m not having much luck with Vista and editing)

    Thanks for the comment

  3. Patrick
    July 9, 2007

    yup it kept fastforwarding

  4. James
    July 9, 2007

    The original cao black ( i believe it was released 8-9 years ago) is my favorite cigar of all time. I havent tried the new one, but have had the black ‘vr’. it is also a great stick. great job with the sight guys

  5. zhadum
    July 9, 2007

    Great video other than the fast forwarding. Vista is nothing but junk. Wipe it and install XP Pro you will be much happier.

  6. Justin
    July 10, 2007

    I installed Vista to play with since us developers like to have the latest. I wiped it out after 2 weeks. It was annoying plus my Microsoft development tools had issues. How can we develop software when their own tools don’t even work. Even my boss hated it.

  7. Cigar Jack
    July 10, 2007

    The CAO Black never really impressed me, a bit too mild for my taste.

  8. zhadum
    July 10, 2007


    Why would anybody want to use a product that Microsoft hasn’t even adopted internally themselves yet? For the reasons you stated, their own development tools wont even run on it. If it’s not good for Microsoft then it sure as hell is not good for the public. It should of stayed in development for at least another year. I plan on sticking with XP for a few more years until they patch the hell out of Vista.

  9. Jerry
    July 10, 2007

    Its good to see so many geeks who enjoy cigars…Honestly I think it depends on what version of Vista you are running and how its installed.

    I’m running Vista Ultimate x64 that came pre-installed on my Toshiba Satellite and I’m loving it. iTunes, uTorrent, Skype, Warcraft and City of Heroes all play without any problems. No when I tried Vista Basic on my 3 year old Dell Dimension 4600, I thought I was going to cry.

  10. Justin
    July 10, 2007

    zhadum: Not only has MS not rolled it out but Intel and Dell won’t and the US government has banned it. Dell even had to offer XP for sale again after the rollout. Pretty sad. I will stick with XP for a while and of course my MacBook Pro.

    Jerry: You must have good luck with it. Also depends what you do with it. I think for general computing (email, web, word processing), it is fine. But developing with it, no way.

  11. James
    July 10, 2007

    wow, avoid the whole mess and get a macbook pro

  12. Walt
    July 10, 2007

    Unfortunately I made the careless mistake of ordering Vista basic with my Notebook rather than the Premium I had in mind.

    Anyone know if I can order an incremental upgrade to go from Basic to Ultimate without paying the ~300 for the upgrade?

  13. Justin
    July 10, 2007

    Yes, it is built into to Vista, pay your money and you get the extra features upgraded

  14. Rene
    July 10, 2007

    For some reason there are some inconsistences with CAO. For example I recently had an Italia Gondola (Torpedo) which was simply awesome! Smooth with loads of rich flavor. Then I had a CAO MX2 Toro, which was a total disappointment. It produced a weird bitter taste in flavor with an awful after taste, which unfortunately was not limited to that line, I just had a Brazilia Samba which again was awesome until the second third of the cigar which also started to generate a weird after taste. Can it be the Brazilian tobacco in these blends that is the cause of this weird taste? In response to the harshness with CAO that’s where I have the inconsistences in certain blends. If you have a CAO Gold, Italia Novella, or any of the CAO black, some sticks tend to become very harsh an not very enjoyable, and from what I’ve heard from friends and fellow cigar smokers the new CAO Vision line is an overpriced catastrophe. Please don’t get me wrong I do think CAO makes some very enjoyable smokes, but unlike a Padron 1964 Anniversary which is in the similar price range of the CAO Vision, or a St. Luis Rey Series G Maduro which is in the same price range of the CAO MX2, The Padron and SLR Series G are perfect each and every time. Oh by the way please review the SLR series G, which I feel is one of the best $4.00 to $5.00 smokes on the market!


  15. DocBrewskie
    July 11, 2007

    How does Black compare to the Brazilia line?I’m loven’ the Gol! as of late.Keep up the good work .


  16. Walt
    July 11, 2007


    Comparing the Black to the Brazillia is like comparing apples to oranges.

    The Black isn’t a bad smoke, but I would much rather smoke a Brazillia (I really enjoy that cigar)

  17. Anthony F.
    October 6, 2011

    I agree with the other poster who stated that the CAO Black from several years ago was a much different animal. I seem to remember the older version as being somewhat strong and peppery.

    I smoked a CAO Black Ltd Ed. Gothic last night. I did not feel that this cigar approached the full bodied range, nor did I detect much pepper. I did taste faint floral and fruity notes and also some oak. Burn was very good though it did go out entering the second third. Overall, very enjoyable.

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