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CAO Zocalo Gigante

CAO Zocalo Gigante

CAO Zocalo Gigante was the original vitola when the Zocola blend was released in 2018. Named for a famous public square in Mexico City, it features a dark and oily Mexican Morron leaf wrapper encasing a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan fillers. This complex blend exudes notes of baked bread, subtle spice with a natural sweetness all in a full bodied smoke. CAO Zocalo Gigante is 6 x 60 and available in bright and attractive boxes of 20 cigars. 

Cigar Size Cigar Quantity Cigar Wrapper Cigar Quantity Cigar Filler Cigar Strength Cigar Origin
6 x 60 (Gigante) Box of 20

Mexican

Cameroon

Nicaraguan

Strength Medium - Full

Nicaragua

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Tasting Notes

CAO Zocalo

Tasting Notes

CAO Zocalo Gigante

The CAO Zocalo is a very visually striking cigar, as its Mexican wrapper is an extremely dark brown. The dark brown coloration is even over the entire cigar. The Zocalo also has an oily sheen. The striking CAO Zocalo brand in the Mexican flag colors is sure to catch the eye before you actually light up the cigar. The Zocalo has sweet, pleasant aromas of brown sugar and spice. A cold draw revealed earthy flavors that bordered on musky. The difference between the aromas and the cold draw is striking.

First Third

The first few draws on the Zocalo produced a surprising peppery flavor. This peppery flavor was not evident in the smell test or in the cold draw. However, this peppery flavor soon faded, and delicious hints of cherry and dark chocolate became predominant. There was still a hint of the musk that was evident from the cold draw. The first third is very dynamic, and hints of floral flavors come forth and then disappear quickly.

The cigar burns very evenly throughout the first third, and the smoke is thick and full-bodied. The musk flavor becomes stronger as the first third ends and the cigar transitions to the flavors of the mid-third.

Mid-Third

The musky flavor from the first third quickly becomes the dominant flavor of the cigar as we move onto the mid-third. The sweet flavors are still there, however. They simply sink to just beneath the surface of the Zocalo. The cherry and chocolate are even joined by a hint of nutmeg. These sweet flavors balance the dominant musky flavor throughout the middle portion of the cigar. Even the delicate hints of floral flavor from the first third show themselves on occasion in this portion of the cigar. As the middle third of the cigar starts to burn down, the oak flavor replaces musk as the dominant flavor.

Final Third

CAO Zocalo Gigante

The musk and oak flavors that were dominant throughout the mid-third blend together nicely at the beginning of the Zocalo's final third. Remarkably, the cigar's flavor profile stays consistent throughout the whole stick. The sweet flavors of cherry, nutmeg, and dark chocolate that began in the first third of the cigar are still evident in the final third of the Zocalo. In fact, these flavors hold true until the Zocalo has been smoked down to a nub.

It takes about an hour and a half to finish the Zocalo. The final few draws are just as smooth as the first few, with no harshness ruining the final part of the cigar. There wasn't even an increase in the heat of the smoke as the cigar burned down.

The CAO Zocalo is Worth a Try

In conclusion, the CAO Zocalo is an excellent premium cigar that is certainly worth a try. Cigar lovers of Mexican heritage may find themselves drawn to the Zocalo, as it has a Mexican wrapper, is named after a place in Mexico City, and features the colors of the Mexican flag on both the box and the band. The Zocalo is also great for smokers who prefer a stable flavor profile throughout their smoke. If you really like cigars with dynamic flavor profiles that change throughout the smoking experience, the Zocalo may not be the right choice for you. Otherwise, it is certainly worth a try, especially now that it is much more readily available.

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Additional Information

SKU:
CAOZG
Category:
Premium Cigars
Product Type:
Cigar
Manufacturer:
CAO
Brand:
CAO Zocalo
Wrapper Type:
Mexican
Wrapper:
Mexican
Binder:
Cameroon
Filler:
Nicaraguan
Origin:
Nicaragua
Ring Gauge:
60
Length:
6
Shape:
Gigante
Strength:
Medium-Full
Quantity:
20
Package Type:
Box
Rating:
N/A
Package Count:
20
Price Per Cigar:
$7.1975
Gift Type:
Not Applicable
Flavored:
No
Filtered:
No
Little:
No
Groupon:
No
Discontinued:
No
Buy 1 Get 1:
No
Free Gift:
flavours
Free Shipping:
No
Suscribe:
No
90+ Rated:
No
Limited Edition:
No
Rare Cigar:
No
Top 25 Brand:
No
Aficionado Top 25:
No
Staff Pick:
No
5.0

Always perfect!

All I could say is this is Perfection! Excellent cigar.

Samuel O.

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