CAO Zocalo Toro
CAO Zocalo Toro is a stunning smoke. After 25 years on the market, CAO is still finding ways to innovate. Sure, many brands claim to push the limits, but CAO walks the walk — just look at CAO Flathead, the highest-rated 60-ring cigar ever, or the success of the Amazon-based Anaconda and Fuma em Corda. Today, we welcome back what was once a previously single vitola release of CAO’s: Zocalo. Now offered in Toro size here at Stogies & More.
CAO Zocalo Toro Appearance
The San Andres Marron wrapper of the CAO Zócalo has a rich milk chocolate colour to it. This wrapper has a slightly rough feel when touched, but it also has a fair amount of oil. The surface of the wrapper was slightly bumpy. There are some thin visible veins while the dark colour of the wrapper did a good job at hiding any visible wrapper seams.
The band to the CAO Zócalo has a pewter colour with a red stripe across the middle. Sitting in the middle of the band is a sketch reminiscent of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral. On the upper part of the band is the “CAO” logo in black. The lower part of the band has the text “ZÓCALO” in a marquis-like font. The far right of the band has a small black globe reminiscent of the CAO World Collection logo that serves as a band fastener.
Pre-Light Experience of CAO Zocalo Toro
After placing a straight cut to remove the cap of the CAO Zócalo, pre-light draw phase. The cold draw delivers some sweet blackberry notes along with some notes of cedar and classic wood. The sweetness alone from the cold draw is enough to make this an excellent pre-light draw.
CAO Zocalo Toro Burn
The burn of the CAO Zócalo performance very well. The cigar has no trouble maintaining a straight burn path. The burn line had occasional jaggedness, but this is more aesthetic in nature and is easily remedied with some touch-ups. This is a cigar that didn’t require an excessive amount of touch-ups. As for the ash, it has a charcoal grey color and was skewed toward the firm side.
CAO Zocalo Toro Draw
The draw to the CAO Zócalo had a touch of resistance to it. Some might not prefer a draw like this, but on a large ring gauge cigar like the Zócalo, it is preferable. It isn’t difficult to derive flavor from the cigar. Despite the slight resistance, it produced an ample amount of smoke.
Strength and Body
If you like a cigar that is going to build up in intensity, the CAO Zócalo is a good choice for you. The strength starts out on the upper end of mild to medium. The strength builds up linearly, yet at the same time it still sneaks up on you. By the second third, the strength is medium and as the cigar moved into the final third, the strength level was now at medium to full.
The body of the CAO Zócalo starts out medium. This attribute also increases linearly in intensity, but at a slower rate than the strength. By the last third, the CAO Zócalo delivered medium to full-bodied flavors.
The CAO Zócalo succeeds in delivering a blend where the San Andres wrapper does not overpower the rest of the blend. The CAO Zócalo is a cigar would recommend to a more seasoned cigar enthusiast, but you wouldn’t discourage a novice from trying it. it’s a cigar you would like to smoke again – and it’s one definitely you would give box worthy consideration to. You can buy this CAO Zocalo Toro at Stogies & More.