CAO Sopranos “Boss”

CAO Sopranos

Origin : NicaraguaCAO Sopranos
Format : Torpedo
Size : 7 x 56
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Dominican, Columbian, & Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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My wife and I missed the mad rush to drink the Kool-Aid that was The Sopranos television show when it first aired in 1999. Fortunately for us, a couple we are friends with partook heartily and ended up purchasing the entire twenty-eight disk box set. Borrowing it from our friends, the two of us proceeded to follow the crime boss cigar enthusiast, Tony Soprano, through six seasons all the way to the infamous cut to black and we both agreed that the show was slated to reside on our top five series list for some time. A short time after the roller-coaster’s conclusion, a fellow BOTL and I participated in a blind trade and the CAO Sopranos Boss was one of the cigars included from his end. Not having known that these cigars even existed, I was very excited to sample the smoke that CAO deemed fitting to represent big boss Soprano himself.

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CAO Vision Catalyst

CAO Vision

Origin : Dominican Republic
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican / Nicaraguan / Brazilian
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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My name is Agent 6. My mission was to review the CAO Vision Catalyst. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background Info

CAO Vision comes packaged in a high-tech box much like the one Agent 15 stores his Spy Glasses in. Digital hygrometer? Check. Tech savvy lighting? Check. Functioning humidor? Check. So why am I talking about the packaging so much? I don’t know…

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CAO La Traviata Intrépido

CAO La Traviata Intrépido

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Double Corona
Size : 7.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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I don’t know about you, but over the past several years it seemed to me that everything CAO did was centered around some kind of gimmick. Neon lighted humidors, barber pole wrappers, car trunk cigar boxes, etc. The focus has been all on the marketing and gimmicks to the point it seemed as if they had lost touch with just making cigars. It showed in the quality of the smokes they were putting out too. Then the go and release the La Taviata. No gimmicks, no fancy boxes or over the top elaborate modernized bands. Just a classic style cigar with a classic looking band and even using an old classic Cuban brand name. Very un-CAO like really. I have to say they should concentrate on the cigar itself more often, but more on that soon.

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CAO America Potomac

CAO America Potomac

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 56
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua, DR, Italy, USA
Binder : Brazil
Hand-Made
Price : ~$110 for a box fo 20
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Wow, this is one gorgeous looking cigar. I love the detail with the double wrap, I love the big bold American flag and colors on the label, truly an amazing look to this cigar. On top of that, it's very well constructed with nicely packed tobacco. You know who I see smoking this cigar? Apollo Creed. I can see Apollo Creed smoking this cigar right before fighting Rocky Balboa. And then I see him smoking it again, after Rocky kicks his ass.

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CAO LX2 Robusto

CAO LX2 Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo / Dominican
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-8 each
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My name is Agent 3. My mission was to review the CAO LX2. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background Info

In 2008 CAO released their final "X2" series dubbed the LX2 (ligero times two). This beast was made in Nicaragua with a sun grown wrapper, stuffed with Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan ligero fillers, and a Honduran binder.

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CAO La Traviata Radiante

CAO La Traviata

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro (Radiante)
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $5.65 each
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Tim Ozgener produces another great smoke in the CAO line of cigars. La Traviata was announced at this year’s International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) meeting in New Orleans. The cigar comes in three vitolas: Divino (5 in. x 50); Intrépido (7 in. x 54); and today’s featured cigar, the Radiante (6 in. x 52). The band is very elaborate with raised lettering and art work. Great thought did go into the design and production of this very colorful cigar. This is a highly sought after cigar, and Ozgener has definitely produced a great smoke that will appease all cigar smoker.

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CAO La Traviata Intrepido

CAO La Traviata

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Churchill
Size : 7 x 54
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $115+ for a box of 24
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Background Info

Introduced this year at the IPCRR Annual Convention and Trade Show, the CAO La Traviata is an homage to the La Traviata brand that started over 100 years ago in Cuba.

Mission Debrief

This is one of those cigars that in the past couple of months has started making a buzz around the Internet, on various cigar blogs as well as on Twitter. I expect anything from CAO to typically be spot on, whether it is the ever-favorite Brazilia, the MX2, or even recently the Brazilia Cuban Press, a new take on the original. Being that I do my best to stay abreast of new cigars coming into the public eye, I felt it was my duty to give the La Traviata its owed time.

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CAO Brazilia Anaconda

CAO Brazilia Anaconda

Origin : Danli, Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Perfecto
Size : 8 x 58
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $72.95 / box of 10
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Last week I began my series of CAO reviews with the brand new CAO Gold Vintage Crémant. This week I review the CAO Brazilia Anaconda. The Brazilia line has been one of my longtime favorites from CAO. It doesn't seem to matter what the size is, I'm always pleased with my choice to pick one up and smoke it. The Brazilia Anaconda doesn't disappoint. Originally released as a limited edition in 2004, production of this vitola resumed in 2007. I have rarely seen these locally and in fact the ones I recently had came from a trade with my friend Scott.

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