I tried this cigar today at the Smokey Cigar in Hendersonville. I like CAO's, but never have been totally enthralled with one until today. However, this is, hands down, the best cigar I've ever smoked. I am a beginner cigar smoker, which doesn't give me that much credibility, but I have smoked quite a wide variety of cigars. I asked the tobacconist to recommend a medium bodied, nutty tasting cigar around the $5 price range, so he pointed me to the CAO Golds. I was going to get the robusto because it was cheaper, but I discovered that they gave NCC discounts, so it ended up being less than $5!
Anyway, when I took my first puff, I practically melted! "Is this really just a CAO?" I thought to myself. The nutty flavor that I love was obviously there, and it was very sweet. I also had a cup of vanilla coffee, which complemented it perfectly. It had a very even burn. The only complaint I have is that the ash doesn't get very long, so it often falls off too soon, often not making it to the ash tray. However, I made up for that quite easily by reading the latest issue of Cigar Aficionado. If the ash fell off before reaching the ash tray, it would fall onto the magazine, and then I'd dump it into the tray.
This would be a great after dinner cigar, as it was like having dessert. It's almost like smoking a Baby Ruth bar!
I'd give it five stars and recommend it to anyone who prefers a sweet, nutty smoke.