Master Blender Rick Rodriguez and the CAO team make a triumphant return to their roots with CAO Nicaragua, the brand’s first Nicaraguan–centric blend. Whereas the team typically travels the globe seeking new tobaccos, CAO Nicaragua is a striking tribute to the brand’s homeland. At the core of CAO Nicaragua is a selection of Nicaraguan Jalapa, Esteli and Condega leaves, clad in a Honduran Jamastran wrapper, and bound with Jamastran to dial up the intensity of this homegrown smoke.
In the CAO tradition of flavour and finesse, CAO Nicaragua leans more toward pepper than spice and is balanced with medium-full flavours of nuts and toast. This is truly a cigar for the cigar lover, blended to answer the call for a deeply-satisfying smoke that engages every part of the palate, as only CAO can do.
Ring Gauge: 50
Length: 4 7/8
Box Of: 20s
Wrapper: Jamastran, Honduras
Binder: Jamastran, Honduras
Filler: Ometepe, Nicaragua; Jamastran, Honduras; Esteli, Nicaragua
History of CAO
CAO was founded in 1968 and their factory is located Estelì, Nicaragua. While the company is rich with history, their passion is creating new cigars using unique and rare tobaccos. Many of their artisans have been with them for decades, rolling all sizes and shapes of cigars, their knowledge ensures that every CAO has the same high quality. Most of the artisans start in the same way at CAO, when there is an opening CAO looks to the relatives of their employees first, making is a real family-run company.
When they arrive on the first day, they enter a world of rigorous training, where our experienced workers teach them our way of making cigars from the ground up. They learn bunching first, and how the buncher and roller must work in unison with perfect timing and rhythm. Only once they master that can they move on to more advanced techniques. Everyone starts at the beginning, at the lowest rung on the ladder. In the factory, you have to prove yourself before you can move up. Of course, their learning never really stops. It takes years to master the art. But gradually they learn more and more, they work their way up, and one day they’re students no more. They become the teachers, and the art gets passed on.
CAO has two advantages that many other cigar brands don’t have, a license to do anything and the leaves to pull it off. The type of tobacco, the origin or the packaging used bare no restrictions. CAO also has the largest inventory of tobacco and best access to rare, small-batch leave in the business. That means they can do things that no one has ever tried before, like making the Flathead or Pilon.
More information on: http://caocigars.com/