CAO cigars offer a sound variety of 90+ rated blends that cigar connoisseurs have purchased several times over throughout the years. While a handful of core lines originally established the brand, CAO has developed many new selections around innovative marketing strategies that highlight a blend’s regional influences. CAO cigars are additionally offered in a popular collection of flavored selections for those who like to satisfy their sweet tooth with the smooth and creamy aroma of fine tobaccos.
- Price Per Cigar:$4.58 - $7.996 options availableStrength MediumCountry: HondurasWrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
CAO America is a patriotic cigar that sports the good old Red, White & Blue on its band. Additionally, these cigars employ pinstripe wrappers from Connecticut and some rare American long-leaf filler tobaccos. The smoke is decidedly medium-bodied; endowed with a rich, leathery flavor accompanied by notes of earth and cedar.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$4.05 - $8.0910 options available1 ReviewStrength MediumCountry: HondurasWrapper: Brazilian
CAO Brazilia is an incredibly-dark cigar that offers rich, earthy flavors and a substantial amount of spice. Comprised of a long-filler blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos ensconced in a beautiful Brazilian wrapper, these cigars tip the scales at the upper-end of the medium-bodied spectrum. Amidst the earth and peppery flavors, nuances of licorice and leather can be found along with a subtle sweetness.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$4.90 - $7.998 options availableStrength MediumCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Cameroon
CAO Cameroon is a classically-blended cigar that showcases a beautiful, delicate Cameroon wrapper. Beneath this wrapper, you’ll find a rich blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos that yields a smooth, sweet aroma with the faintest hint of spicy goodness. Handmade in Nicaragua, these medium-bodied cigars are a must-try from CAO.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$4.76 - $10.1910 options available3 ReviewsStrength FullCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
CAO has a reputation for packaging cigars inside of thoughtful and clever marketing themes instantly recognizable to the cigar-smoking public, and the CAO Flathead is no exception for fans of muscle cars and pin-up girls. Rev up your engines and put the pedal to the metal in preparation for a succulent blast of flavor courtesy of a Broadleaf wrapper over a mix of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Connecticut binder and filler tobaccos. Notes of walnuts, vanilla and sweet cocoa leave savory impressions before the finish line. Each box-pressed size is perfect for tooling around in the garage, or for a cruise around town. Vroom!read more
- Price Per Cigar:$1.05 - $7.3934 options available1 ReviewStrength FlavoredCountry: Dominican RepublicWrapper: Cameroon
CAO sets the modern-day standard for top-quality flavored cigars. Their flavored concoctions run the gamut from cherry and vanilla to mango and mint ice cream. Manufactured in the Dominican Republic, CAO Flavours sport a mellow assortment of long-filler tobaccos doused in just about every flavor the mind can imagine. These cigars are a must-try for flavored cigar lovers.
Each CAO Flavours cigar offers a unique blend and flavor profile:
Bella Vanilla – Flavored with high-grade vanilla beans from Madagascar.
Cherry Bomb – A heavenly trilogy of cherry, black currant and vanilla.
Eileen’s Dream – Notes of Irish crème and white chocolate truffles abound.
Gold Honey – Orange blossom honey mingles with a whisper of earthy richness.
Moontrance – Delicate notes of exotic fruit and bourbon vanilla essence.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$2.07 - $7.7914 options availableStrength MediumCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
CAO Gold is a classically-blended cigar with a smooth and mellow flavor-profile. A blonde Ecuador Connecticut wrapper encases a medium-bodied blend of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos. An earthy, cedary foundation is accompanied by light notes of nuts, cream and toast.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$4.90 - $7.996 options availableStrength Mild-MediumCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Brazilian
CAO Gold Maduro combines the creaminess of CAO Gold with the richness of CAO Maduro all in one tasty package. A blend of all-Nicaraguan long-fillers supports a dark-brown Brazilian wrapper, offering an earthy flavor-core that finishes nicely with notes of cocoa and leather. Mild to medium-bodied in strength, CAO Gold Maduro is an easy cigar for anyone to enjoy at anytime during the day.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$4.54 - $7.996 options availableStrength FullCountry: HondurasWrapper: Honduran
CAO Italia is a unique cigar which utilizes some rare Italian filler tobaccos. These full-bodied dandies boast dark-brown Honduran wrappers which ensconce a hearty blend of Nicaraguan, Italian and Peruvian long-fillers. Rich notes of earth, cedar and espresso combine nicely with a hefty helping of spiceread more
- Price Per Cigar:$2.07 - $6.1912 options availableStrength Medium-FullCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Ecuador Habano
CAO La Traviata trades in the flashy packaging once synonymous with CAO cigars for complex, top-quality nuances of flavor and the lowest prices in CAO’s portfolio wrapped up in humble, plain wooden boxes. CAO La Traviata cigars are a dream come true for CAO fans who show up on our burgeoning lists of Value Vultures and Discount Disciples. CAO La Traviata cigars feature glistening Ecuador wrappers over a unique mix of medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos. Order a former “Top 25” cigar and beef up your humidor with another best-seller today!read more
- Price Per Cigar:$3.77 - $6.596 options availableStrength Medium-FullCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
CAO La Traviata Maduro entices cigar lovers with ample flavor and consistent construction disguised in humble packaging and prices fit for a pauper. Value Hounds have been welcoming CAO into the fold of cigars in their regular rotation for years courtesy of La Traviata’s astoundingly low pricing and quality. La Traviata Maduro harnesses an oily Broadleaf wrapper over a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos with spicy notes of coffee and dark chocolate. At near liquidation-level pricing, La Traviata Maduro can be all yours today!read more
- Price Per Cigar:$4.76 - $7.396 options availableStrength Medium-FullCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
CAO Maduro is a classically-blended beauty. Handmade in Nicaragua, these cigars feature dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers along with an eventful medley of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Medium to full-bodied in strength, CAO Maduro offers a well-balanced, earthy foundation supported by a rich, mouthwatering sweetness provided by the Maduro wrapper.read more
- Price Per Cigar:$2.07 - $8.9912 options availableStrength Medium-FullCountry: NicaraguaWrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
CAO MX2 is an interesting cigar which features a Maduro wrapper and a Maduro binder. An oily, charcoal-black Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper drapes a Brazilian binder which cradles an eclectic blend of Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler tobaccos. Medium to full-bodied, these cigars are richly-flavored boasting notes of earth, oak, pepper and a soft chocolaty sweetness on the finish.read more
CAO fans can fire up their favorite smokes in style with a nifty CAO flint-style butane lighter. The deep blue acrylic finish displays a white CAO brand logo in a sleek chrome body. Light up with the romantic appeal of a classic flip-top design without spending a fortune. Refilling is simple with a threaded fuel valve and flame-height adjustment on the bottom. Add an elegant CAO Lighter to your collection today.read more
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If you’re looking for a super sharp, lightweight cigar cutter with an ergonomic design, the CAO Palio Cutter is for you! The CAO logo adorns this exquisite cutter straight across the front. Palio cutters come with a firm leather pouch, perfect for throwing in your golf bag or sliding into your pocket. Accommodate up to a 60-ring cigar without a problem. Palio cutters also feature a curvy contoured shape which can function as a convenient cigar rest. Pick up a Palio today!read more
CAO BRAND HISTORY
The CAO name is derived from the initials of brand founder Cano A. Ozgener who began his career in the tobacco business in 1968 by modifying and improving the designs of meerschaum pipes. An engineer by trade, Ozgener expanded his pipe business at the urging of a handful of tobacco shop proprietors who were impressed with the quality of his work. He later transitioned into the manufacture of humidors and parlayed the newly established CAO name into creating his own cigar brand during the cigar boom of the 1990s. Demand for cigars was at its height as the Nashville-based CAO Cigars debuted. Despite early manufacturing and supply-chain challenges, the brand eventually achieved a foothold in the premium market thanks to the efforts of Cano and his children, Tim and Alyin, who were on board to launch and manage the new cigar company.
CAO BRAND OVERVIEW
The first line to produce steady sales figures was CAO Maduro, rolled by the makers of Bahia cigars. The cigar featured a deep red band, reminiscent of Cuba’s Partagas Serie D No. 4, over a jet-black Maduro wrapper. Following this early success, production shifted to Nick Perdomo’s factory in Nicaragua, where the popular CAO Cameroon was created; while a successful flavored line, CAO Flavours, was developed at the La Aurora factory in the Dominican Republic. A handful of robust and edgy advertising campaigns garnered the brand attention from a more extensive consumer audience in conjunction with bestselling releases like the mild CAO Gold and hearty, double Maduro, MX2.
Eventually the bulk of CAO production would rest in the hands of the Torano family with whom the Ozgeners would jointly manage factories in both Danlí, Honduras and Estelí, Nicaragua. The Torano family’s primary initial contribution to the brand’s portfolio was CAO Brazilia, a full-bodied, earthy blend rolled with an oily Brazilian wrapper marketed with an eye-catching band rendered in bright yellow, green and navy, the colors of Brazil’s national flag. Positive reception to the 91-rated Brazilia prompted a handful of successive national-themed releases, including CAO America and CAO Italia.
Following a string of prosperous years, global conglomerate Scandinavian Tobacco acquired CAO from the Ozgener family in 2007 and subsequently folded the brand into the portfolio of General Cigar Company in a merger with Swedish Match AB. The company continued its market reach in 2009 with the launch of CAO La Traviata, a value-priced Cuban-heritage brand with origins that date back more than a century. The line also includes the notable La Traviata Maduro. The first official CAO releases under the management of General Cigar included CAO OSA Sol and CAO Concert which enjoyed moderate consumer appeal. The brand continues to innovate with contemporary lines such as CAO Flathead, a hefty box-pressed blend themed after pin-up girls and hot rods. Flathead achieved reputable status as a ‘Top 10’ blend in Cigar Aficionado’s rankings for 2015.