CAO Brazilia Cuban Press

CAO Cuban Press

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Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Cuban Press (Robusto)
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$50 for a sampler of 12
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CAO Colombia Robusto

CAO Columbia

Origin : HondurasCAO Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Columbia
Binder : Columbia
Filler : Columbia
Hand-Made
Price : $7.95 each
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Hello fellow cigar enthusiasts, and welcome to another review by the Father & Son cigar review team known as The Tollaficionados. Today I would like to bestow on you the merits of a fine, exclusive stick – The CAO Colombia.

This fine cigar is a private label for the incredibly popular cigar retailer Serious Cigars. They can be purchased online at www.seriouscigars.com. With their company being located in Houston, Texas, and my abode with deep roots in Westchester, New York, they still manage to get my sticks to me in only 2 days. (Priority Mail) Always freshly wrapped with a moisture packet and in a box that keeps them in pristine condition. Definitely one of the better online cigar superstores that I have found!

Now, on to the cigar. We both had the Robusto (5” x 50), though you can get this edition of CAOs country line in a Belicoso, Churchill and Corona Gorda as well. The Robusto sells for $7.95. Not bad at all for the quality of this smoke.

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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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