Island Life at Cigar Cave

Some Brothers and Sisters of the Leaf may not enjoy the infused or flavored cigars, and there are some that are best left on the shelf, but I really enjoy the CAO line of infused cigars, especially in their cigarillo and petit corona sizes.  Something about the smaller cigars really turns the infused cigar into a treat to enjoy.  I smoked this delightful Island Life after relishing the Hyde that I had found at the Cigar Cave, as I had wanted another cigar but I didn’t want to have a full Robusto size.

The Island life is a mix of Dominican fillers with a Cameroon wrapper, and it’s been infused with a spiced rum flavor. What I like about the CAO infusions is that they don’t slap you upside the head with a cloying fake flavor.  While it’s certainly not hiding the rum-ness, the infusion is well done so that it smoking this cigar feels more like an incense of rum around a cigar, as an essence that is a part of the experience of the cigar, but not the main showstopper.   Like someone found a Captain Morgan Spiced Rum scented candle and it happens to be burning as you smoke this cigar.

Island Life

The label is a simple affair with a nice bit of metallic blue along the edges, and the stick certainly smells of dark rum and tobacco before it’s lit. After lighting, I feel as though the spiced rum is a beautiful compliment to the lighter tobaccos in this little cigar.   The Dominican Republic fillers are a brighter flavor than their African wrapper and blend well with the spiced rum flavors.

The draw is very easy, and it’s not a challenge to develop a nice foot on this petit stick.  The biggest challenge is not smoking it too quickly! And while the light tobacco and dark rum were the main flavors, I am pleased to report that the last third of this stick actually gets a little peppery.  Perhaps that’s why I love the CAO infused so much– it’s not a one note flavor, they layer the aromas to make the smoke a bit more complex.   This is a delicious little number that nearly anyone can enjoy with a coffee,  I had it with the house Merlot, and I’m sure it would be amazing with any rum drink.