I know a lot of people don't seem to like the large manufacturers, such as General Cigar, but CAO makes a few sticks that I really enjoy, specifically, the La Traviata & Brazilia. Now you can add the OSA to that. I've heard a lot of things about this blend, and I even seem to recall it getting some really high ratings, from multiple sources. So, on to smoke!
The first third was smooth and very mild. It was a very light wood flavor and I couldn't place the exact wood. It was pleasant, but not very interesting. The burn was great and I had no problems with draw.
Just as I was starting to get bored with the initial flavors, the cigar switched it up. It was very subtle at first, but grew in intensity. Citrus notes became very prominent and the wood fell into the background. The burn was good, but I did have to relight once. Maybe I was smoking too slow, but I didn't think so.
The last third changes up again and a thicker, earthy note takes the forefront, along with a bit of leather. The wood is still on back of the palette, but the citrus is all but gone. The smoke production has been about medium the whole time, but what there is, is quite thick. I did have to relight one more time, but other than that, it burned very well and even.
Final opinion? I enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn't a heavy or full bodied smoke, but it had enough flavors to stay interesting. I find I am really loving the citrus notes, and liked what the OSA had to offer. Sometimes a I really just want a light, simple, yet flavorful smoke. Boom!
The Tsingtao went well, one of my favorite beers, by the way. Nothing major that I could point out, but who can argue with that color combination?!
Wrapper: Olancho San Agustin Sun Grown
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Beverage: Tsingtao (Chinese beer)