What a beautiful day. The temperature gauge on the back porch is reading over 80, and with the sun shining directly on my right side, it feels even warmer. I decided to pour a small snifter of Cao Ila 18 to accompany the smoke. Stick number six has a smooth, dark brown wrapper with one prominent vein, and not a great deal of oiliness to be noticed. The weight feels good in the hand and only a slight give when squeezed. I punch the cap and draw is perfect with a faint taste of cocoa and moist earth. Fire to the foot and burning good, I take several draws and exhale to get past the initial “power stage”, and then take a good draw. There’s a very good pepper spice on the back of the throat. A ton of smoke is produced and is a good medium in body. I take a sip of the Cao Ila and then draw some smoke right behind and the flavor is simply excellent tasting smooth and creamy peat, roasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, and a cocoa undertone. Oh yes, very nice. The finish is excellent as well with a particular smoked flavor that I believe is coming mostly from the scotch. Midway in and the cigar is still performing strong. A sweet maduro flavor is coming through with cocoa and roasted nuts. There’s a delicious finish that’s lasting on the palate. The smoke is a good medium body with a perfect spice, and the burn is sharp with a strong medium gray ash forming. A salty sweetness remains on the lips after taking a draw and is very good. Towards the end, the spice is really kicking and very good I might add. The sweet maduro flavor is still there with tastes of roasted nuts and caramel with a delicious lasting finish. The burn has remained sharp throughout with a strong ash and tons of smoke produced from the perfect draw. This was a very good cigar with sharp burn and lots of flavor. The finish was long and lasting on the palate, good even after putting the cigar down. I would definitely pick up more of these.