From humble beginnings comes a true ‘ICON’.
Cano Aret Ozgener has worked incredibly hard and taken lots of risks to get CAO where it is today. Entering the tobacco industry as a Meerschaum pipe carver, it wasn’t until 1993 that Ozgener entered the cigar business, so he had quite a lot to prove. With the help of Carlos Torano and Nestor Plasencia, CAO released their first Honduran cigar in ’93, and their first Nicaraguan cigar in ’96. It didn’t take long for CAO to claim a legendary reputation as a consistent best-seller, and earn the honor of an ‘ICON’ cigar release.
The CAO ICON joins the ranks of single size ICON releases with a chunky 5.5” x 54 Connecticut Broadleaf-wrapped robusto, containing a punchy but smooth mix of Dominican & Nicaraguan long-fillers. This is a bold, hearty stick that'll be good as soon as they hit your doorstep or after a few years of aging, with a profile loaded down with oaky, earthy nuances and notes of cocoa, cedar, and coffee. CAO is a dedicated cigar company, and the ICON represents the best of their talents to date. Pick up a box, and tip your hat to true ‘ICON’.
A Real Blockhead…
‘Murica, son! Home of hot rods, pin-up chicks, and CAO’s greatest offering: CAO Flathead. Borrowing inspiration from American muscle cars, Flathead not only sports a highly-unique shape, but backs it up with a high-octane blend. Instead of the traditional round or torpedo shaped head, this sleek handmade is completely squared off.
Heavy in the hand, CAO Flathead starts with a well-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Thick and chewy, the leaf conceals a bevy of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers embraced by a Connecicut Habano-seed binder. Then, each cigar is carefully box-pressed. We could tell you how good it is, or we could say this — CAO Flathead has over 600 customer reviews on CI, averaging 5 stars out of 5, and is the highest rated 60-ring cigar by Cigar Aficionado. Ever.
Named the #3 Cigar of 2015, Flathead received an astounding 95-rating, noting: “From the first light, this seriously squared-off cigar takes off with notes of ripe fruit, leather, and molasses that only gain intensity.”