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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CAO Fuma em Corda - Cigar Review

CAO Fuma em Corda Toro 658

  • Cinnamon
  • Yeasty 'baccy
  • Raisin
  • Prune
  • Leather
  • Red fruit syrups
  • Orange peel
  • Booze/hooch
  • White/black pepper (retro-hale, mainly)
  • Molasses
  • Floral
  • Nutmeg
  • Hickory
  • Buttah
  • Milk chocolate
  • Salt
  • Barnyard

Triggers nicely all the basic flavors. Well balanced.
Smooth of texture with some moisture which avoids swampiness.
Rich in a low-caloric desert manner.
Quite complex, yet even-keel'd.
Finish is rather short, but of a verily clean sort.
Some delineation is lost in the 3/3. Becomes nigh, only nigh, laborious.

Seams are loose-side a' preferred tightness, but hold.
Veiny shaft softens somewhat unevenly.
Draw is somewhat stiff in first 1/2, but doably-so. Girth don't help.

Gives off ugly burnt-offerings that hold well 'nuff.
Line is somewhat jagged with tick a' puckering hither and thither.
Calm smoke at rest, nice cloud off pull and into cool smoke-hole.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
WRAPPER: Honduran
BINDER: Cameroon
FILLER: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Brazilian (Braganca & Arapiraca)

ORIGIN: Honduran

I shall allow my pals at Cigars City to prattle on re: the CAO Fuma em Corda (which ya perchance may purchase there by clicking on the name a' the thing...

"CAO Fuma em Corda cigars bring another hard-to-find tobacco to the aficionados in the United States that have a truly unique story.

Ernet Gocaj is the Director of Tobacco Procurement at CAO. He's the guy who stumbled into the Brazilian Amazon in 2012 and found the tobacco that gives CAO's incredibly popular Amazon Basin* cigars their unique flavor. In 2015, Gocaj was back in Brazil. This time, he visited an area of the country known as the Alagoas region. On his trip, he saw what some might consider a bizarre fermentation method. In it, Arapiraca tobacco is fermented in ropes (called "Fuma Em Corda" by the locals). The unique process led to a tobacco flavor Gocaj had never experienced before and he instructed the locals that he would immediately buy everything they could produce in that year's harvest.

The finished product sports a Honduran Colorado wrapper, Cameroon binder, and filler tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Brazil.

If you're familiar with the Amazon Basin cigars, you know they are extremely tough to find. We expect the Fuma em Corda will be very similar. CAO only produced 3,000 boxes of the cigar in the toro size (6.0" x 58) available in the United States via internet tobacconists."

Cigar Aficionado adds almost nothing to this equation with their article: CAO Fuma Em Corda Ventures Into The Amazon. David Clough writes good.