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CAO Nicaragua

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All around the world… and back to Nicaragua

Since Rick Rodriguez has taken over CAO, they’ve released winner after winner after winner. From the uber-contemporary design and blend of CAO Flathead, to the experimental, innovative releases featuring Brazilian tobaccos like the Fuma em Corda, to more traditional cigars like CAO Pilon… it seems like Ricky can do no wrong. Today, that win streak continues with the newest entry in the “world-famous” World Series – CAO Nicaragua. 

Yes, though they’ve visited Italy, Colombia, and America on their tour of tobacco dominance, CAO has never released a blend specifically designed to highlight Nicaraguan tobaccos until now. At the core of this cigar you’ll find plenty of lush, extensively aged Nicaraguan long-fillers from the Jalapa Valley, Esteli, and Condega. Clad in a Honduran Jamastran wrapper leaf, this CAO booms out with a full-bodied blast of pepper with a core of nuts and toasty tobacco backing it up. Sure to become a best-seller like Brazilia and Italia before it, CAO Nicaragua is destined for greatness. Get in now.  

Good news! CAO Nicaragua has earned an awesome 91-point rating, noting: "There's a good draw and burn to this dark and oily cigar. It's earthy and oaky with touches of vanilla and spearmint that lead to a bold, leathery finish."

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Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Tipitapa (Robusto) (4.8"x50)
Box of 20
In Stock
$157.80
| save $31.81 20% off
$125.99
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Box of 20 + 10 Cigars
In Stock
$262.70
| save $126.71 48% off
$135.99
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Tipitapa (Robusto) (4.8"x50)
Pack of 5
Backordered
$39.45
| save $3.95 10% off
$35.50
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Granada (Toro) (6.0"x50)
Box of 20
In Stock
$159.80
| save $31.81 20% off
$127.99
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Box of 20 + 10 Cigars
In Stock
$264.70
| save $126.71 48% off
$137.99
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Granada (Toro) (6.0"x50)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$39.95
| save $3.95 10% off
$36.00
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Matagalpa (Corona) (5.6"x46)
Box of 20
In Stock
$159.80
| save $31.81 20% off
$127.99
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Box of 20 + 10 Cigars
In Stock
$264.70
| save $126.71 48% off
$137.99
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Matagalpa (Corona) (5.6"x46)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$39.95
| save $3.95 10% off
$36.00
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Honduran
Origin
Nicaragua
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
False
Binder
Honduran
Filler
Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
overall rating 4.52 out of 5 True { } True { } True { } Based on 214 Ratings
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Great cigar,one of my favorites
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Great cigar for the value.
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Sean G.

Some CAO Nostalgia

Sean G.

The CAO brand holds a special place in my heart. In the early 2000s, as an amateur looking for his first cigar, the bright green and yellow of the CAO Brazilia caught my eye. I mean, how could it not? And fortunately, my choice paid off. I picked up a few sticks and never looked back. Now, nearly decades later, I’m picking up CAO Nicaragua with the same youthful excitement I had in the past. How can this possibly live up to expectations?

In terms of looks, CAO Nicaragua isn’t much of a departure from Brazilia (or any of the other “World Series”). Even so, it feels so fresh. How it took so long to incorporate Nicaragua into this series is anyone’s guess, but it’s long overdue…and welcome. The core of the blend are well-aged long-fillers from the Jalapa Valley, Esteli, and Condega. This beauty is then finished with a smooth, dark Honduran Jamastran wrapper leaf. Ok, CAO. You’ve passed the looks test. Now let’s fire it up…

Lighting up the Tipitapa size (4.8”x50), I’m met with a smooth spice and notes of cedar and earth. As the cigar progresses, the spice subsides a bit and the cedary and earthy notes become more pronounced with additional notes of almonds coming through. Damn, this thing is good.

What struck me the most is the cigar’s balance. I burned down three sticks for this review. The first cigar I finished felt like it only lasted 15 minutes. In reality, it was closer to 45 minutes. I wanted more. Nay, I needed more! And that’s what makes this so great. You can sit around with a more complex - and more expensive - blends and fret over the subtle changes and seemingly made up tasting notes (see: strawberry milk, ketchup, or Sour Cream & Onion Pringles). But that’s not what CAO Nicaragua is. It’s a cigar that allows you to get lost in your thoughts, sit back, and most importantly: relax. After all, isn’t that what cigars were made for?


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‘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.”

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