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CAO Pilon

CAO piles on the flavor

CAO is known for their laundry list of 90+ rated blends and for being one of the most innovative brands in the industry. From their breakthrough classic CAO Black, to the shape of the CAO Flathead, to their use of unique leaves in CAO OSA Sol, CAO has never been afraid to push the envelope. Now with their new release, CAO Pilon, they are resurrecting a seldom used and costly fermentation method, the circular pilon. A standard tobacco pilon is basically a pile of tobacco ‘hands,’ which are 10-15 tobacco leaves tied together, that are allowed to heat up and ferment. With a circular pilon the hands are carefully layered in a circular pattern, with the payoff being that the tobacco ferments at a slower rate which enhances the flavor.

CAO Pilon comes dressed in a dazzling Ecuador Habano wrapper, encasing the binder and long-fillers from Nicaragua. This cigar is medium-bodied and packs flavor in droves with delicious notes of spice, cedar, pepper, nuts, and cocoa. CAO Pilon is a rich and hearty blend that continues CAO’s string of hits.

CAO Pilon received an impressive 90-rating noting: "This cigar has the sweet and bready cinnamon qualities of a graham cracker, along with a bold earthy core and cedary finish. The cigar gleams with oil and  burns evenly."

Size
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Box of 20 In Stock $159.80
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$110.16
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Pack of 5 Only 5 Left $30.50
Corona (5.5"x44)
Box of 20 In Stock $133.80
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$91.70
Corona (5.5"x44)
Pack of 5 In Stock $25.50
Robusto (5.0"x52)
Box of 20 In Stock $143.80
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$98.80
Robusto (5.0"x52)
Pack of 5 In Stock $35.95
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$27.50
Toro (6.0"x58)
Box of 20 In Stock $159.80
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$110.16
Toro (6.0"x58)
Pack of 5 In Stock $30.50
Torpedo (7.0"x54)
Box of 20 In Stock $165.80
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$114.42
Torpedo (7.0"x54)
Pack of 5 In Stock $31.50
Overall Rating 4.45 out of 5 Based on 113 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “CAO Pilon”

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5 Star
70
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29
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3 out of 5
Inconsistent Construction
Love the taste, but too many were rolled tight (cut in half for easier draw) or dry. Hand rolled cigars are hard to get good consistency. I could cut and paste this same review on the Liga #9...even Opus X. The sticks that are good are really good.
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Great cigar
5 out of 5
Nice stick
I enjoy this stick when im looking for a 30-40 minutes smoke
4 out of 5
Great smoke wish they were
Great smoke wish they were a little larger !
4 out of 5
Cao pilon robusto
Love the robusto in the morning!
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Great cigar
3 out of 5
CAO Pilon Toro
This is very good medium bodied stick which I have smoked before but in the torpedo shape. I had no problems with the burn and draw of the torpedos, however, with the toros I experienced very poor draw in approximately half of the sticks in the box. Very disappointed in the toros I received!
5 out of 5
These will be a staple in my humidor!!!!
I enjoy cigars, I mean they just put a smile on my face. I can't always find all of the tastes I read about on some of these reviews, but I know what I like. So I'm going to barrow a few words from Jeff K's (Staff Review) because it rings true with me: "when I’m looking for a cigar to unwind with after a long day, I don’t want something flashy. I want something simple and elegant. Enter CAO Pilon, a cigar that’s been one of my post-work go-tos. For my money, it’s unbeatable. The cigar grows in strength as you burn it, and by the end, it certainly has a bit more kick, without being overwhelming. This is a perfect companion to a glass of rum after a great dinner. The balance of this cigar makes me confident recommending it to anyone, and as of now, I’m making sure I always have a few of these on hand." The only change for me is a glass of bourbon on ice. Well said Jeff K, and these are definitely a 5 star for me.
2 out of 5
Dry Cigar, Dry Box
I felt there was a problem when the box fell apart after removing the clear wrapper. 1st cigar split when I lit it, 2nd cigar was cracked inside the wrapper. Will not purchase these again. Have requested an RMA.
5 out of 5
Wndrfl
Wndrfl
5 out of 5
Oh yeah!
And a brandy sniffter full!!!
5 out of 5
Excellent smoke
Was introduced to the Pilon by a friend. Excellent smoke. Light to Med bodied. Great flavors and a smooth smoke.
5 out of 5
A nice full body puff.
Great size, price and quality smoke
5 out of 5
CAO Pilon
A very nice medium cigar with lots of flavor. Great value.
3 out of 5
Not Bad but Not Great
This cigar has good flavor and is full bodied. It is a good cigar for smoking while mowing the lawn but, so far, 40% or more have been un-smokable because they are plugged...what a shame
5 out of 5
Good cool smoke with an
Good cool smoke with an even burn. Plan on buying again.
5 out of 5
CAO PILON
Loved this cigar! Great price too.
5 out of 5
I give 5 stars
It taste like heaven
5 out of 5
CAO pilon
One of my favorites. Easy smoke. Great taste
5 out of 5
Awesome smoke!
My favorite all day every day cigar.
4 out of 5
Not Bad At All.
Not bad. Medium-Full per my taste. Occasionally goes on sale so grab them then.
3 out of 5
Pilon not a easy draw cigar.
There is no such thing as a bad cigar. These are the PERSONAL OPINIONS OF A 50+ yr Cigar Smoker. The first cigar out of the box as a challenge. The draw was so tight it crossed my eyes and I had to slap myself on the side of my head to see straight again. Lesson learned was to use my draw opener tool. After that, the smoke was good. I keep humidity at 72%+_. Ash was 2 to 3 inch and smoked cool and taste is as described (good). Got an hour or so out of the cigars. But I would think twice about reordering.
5 out of 5
One of my top favorites.
Let's just start by saying ... this cigar is "pretty". The Habano wrapper is slick, smooth, and has a slight sheen to it that makes for a good looking cigar. They are rolled firmly, and the draw is exactly the way I like it. They feel good in hand, and the band itself is useful beyond just decoration - just read it!. I've experienced a great, even burn, nice speckled ash, and don't have to babysit them to keep them stoked up. The first taste I find is spice, coupled with leather and some coffee. They grow in flavor as they burn, hitting the peak at about a third of the way down. Great tastes, but not at all excessive or overpowering. Seems every one of these I burn gets 'nubbed'. I've had better smokes ... but not a lot of them. CAO has hit the target with the Pilon.
5 out of 5
Great smoke
Great smoke
5 out of 5
Smooth amazing taste all the
Smooth amazing taste all the way to the nub.
2 out of 5
Not a good buy
This cigar was a less than average smoke. 1. The draw was too firm. On several cigars I had to use a tool similar to "PerfecDraw" to create a decent draw. Too much work for a relaxing smoke. 2. Most of the cigars had an uneven burn. The difference between sides was at least an inch. 3. The flavor was harsh as if the tobacco was not aged properly.
3 out of 5
Not a consistent smoke
I like the flavor but most often they were hard to draw on.
5 out of 5
CAO Hits the Mark Again
I must admit i am a CAO fan, but the Pilon has found a permanent place in my humidor. It is a great easy smoke and is a go to for me on any day.
5 out of 5
Good Job !
👍🏾
5 out of 5
Another
Well constructed stick with a feel of sofistication that translates into the flavor. Balanced nutty flavor with a hint of cedar.
4 out of 5
Nice cigar
Good flavors on this pilon nice burn really enjoying this one
5 out of 5
unique flavor
This cigar is a great contrast for CAO. I mostly smoke the Brazilias and other full body cigars. This cigar ads a little different taste to my variety. Still full bodied but with a little sweeter burn/taste. Overall one of my new favorite cigars.
5 out of 5
Viva Pilon!
Distinctively delicious.
5 out of 5
Good smoke for the price
Good smoke for the price
5 out of 5
Love this Robusto
This is by far one of my go to favorites. Taste great smokes phenomenal and yes you might burn the fingers, they’re that good.
5 out of 5
Nice surprise!
After I got into this one, I wondered if the Pilon was adopted and not blood relation to the CAO clan. Lots of flavor, a joy to smoke all the way to the end. Seriously.... I was burning my fingers.
5 out of 5
Pilón Robusto is one of my go to sticks
I'm about as big a CAO fan as most of us are I presume. I was offered these little gems as a 5pk. add on for $15 to one of my orders. As soon as I received my order, one of the first sticks I lit was the Pilón. WOW what a flavorful cigar! It has plenty of body and the flavor characteristics are great from beginning to end. I actually smoke these down as far as I can. Needless to say these are now regulars in my orders. Great job by CAO!0
3 out of 5
CAO Pilon
I purchased 3 sizes. The corona was too small (ring-size) and burned too hot thus affecting the flavor in a bad way. The robusto burned well and had a decent flavor, but too short. The toro was had a good flavor, but the draw was too firm. Three of the five were so tight that I could not enjoy the smoke. A better size would be 6X50.
5 out of 5
Friend
Recommended by a friend, good choice.
4 out of 5
Pilon Corona
Good medium bodied cigar. It actually comes in at about 4.5 stars in my mind. I'm over half way through with my box and I have had no complaints. Great taste, burn, and draw.
4 out of 5
Not a bad smoke
In my opinion, it's not one of their best. Having said that, I still enjoyed the smoke it was definitely not hideous.
4 out of 5
Good smoke
Good smoke
5 out of 5
Good cigar
These cigars have great taste and the right amount of burn with a rum and coke before bedtime.
5 out of 5
The Best
Super smooth. Nice complexity with sweet coffee and gingerbread flavors.
5 out of 5
Excellent!!!
My favorite! Very earthy with leather flavors. CAO favorites for 12 months +, but this is at the top of my list!!! Only one better for me was the Basin.
4 out of 5
Good but not great.
CAO has long been one of my favorites, especially Brazilia, Italia and America. The Pilon is good, milder and just not quite the quality of the others I've tried in the line. Good but not great.
4 out of 5
Love these
Great smoke. Smooth finish.
3 out of 5
CAO Pilon
Decent flavor profile, tight dry first 1/3rd
4 out of 5
Just good
Not one of my favorites but still a pretty decent cigar.
5 out of 5
First time Pilon
Excellent smoke. Very smooth and aromatic.
3 out of 5
Slow starter
Started slow but a third thru and I really started to enjoy it.
4 out of 5
Nice For The Price!
Nice Robusto for the price. Good draw, good burn; little complexity on the smoke!
4 out of 5
Good
Good cigar, draw was a little tight in the beginning but opened up a little down the cigar. This cigar was given to me as a trade for another and I'm pretty happy with it. Not my favorite by log shot but a solid cigar that burned right and tastes pretty delicious.
5 out of 5
CAO Pilon review
I really like this cigar. Nice burn with a long ash. Tastes great and is a celebration cigar in my humidor.
4 out of 5
Okay
This will not be a favorite CAO of mine but I liked it. It smoked well but was a little tightly rolled. Opened the next one up with a spike and was pleasantly surprised.
4 out of 5
Viva Pilon!
I'm never disappointed in a CAO cigar, but the Pilon is something special. It's rich and satisfying from top to bottom, with an easy, smoke-filled draw all the way through. I like a true Churchill with a 48 ring, and the Pilon is an elegant example of this classic size. It's a must-try for the devoted herfer.
5 out of 5
CAO Pilon Torpedo
The CAO Pilon is one of my favorite cigars. It has a great draw, even burn, and smooth flavor. I've had 3 so far and love them. I'll be buying a box of them soon!
5 out of 5
CAO Order
unfortunately the cigars I received burned very inconsistent and often tarnished the flavor
5 out of 5
Great stick for the $$$
Very flavorful cigar with little burn on the back end! Moderately priced cigar! Worth the price! I've had more expensive sticks that doesn't hold up to this one!
5 out of 5
Very Nice
Received one of these as a gift, really enjoyed it so placed a order. Smoked more like a medium, nice even burn with a descent finish.
5 out of 5
CAO do it again
Medium bodied but huge in flavour. Consistent burn, good smoke. Right from the beginning it had a consistent draw and flavours of coffee/mahogany
4 out of 5
Peppery smoke
I had to let these guys humidify for quite a while as they showed up with cracking wrappers. Smoke was very peppery but smooth. Nice even burn good stick!
5 out of 5
CAO Rocks!
Love this cigar! One of my favorites. Will buy it every time I run out.
4 out of 5
Very enjoyable
These are well made, not too strong and very tasty.
5 out of 5
Excellent smoke
It's a nice smoke. It's a excellent addition to the CAO line.
3 out of 5
Good smoke for the price.
Good smoke for the price.
4 out of 5
Not my favorite CAO
Decent taste throughout, but had a uneven burn that caused relighting if you left unattended more than a couple of minutes
5 out of 5
CAO Pilon
A very good medium smoke. I really enjoy them!
4 out of 5
CAO Pilon torpedo
This is a great cigar! It smokes smooth and the draw is good, producing copious amounts of medium bodied, spicy deliciousness.
5 out of 5
Milk chocolate bar
Loved this cigar milk chocolate notes all through it .
5 out of 5
Very Nice
Great cigar best Cao has out there. Lots of smoke good even burn great taste strong medium. Worth a try
5 out of 5
CAO Never Dissapoints
I've been a CAO fan for years. From the Cameroon to the La Traviata. The Pilon continues their long reputation for outstanding sticks. It adds a fine cigar to my favorites. My only problem is how to choose between them. It is a medium body cigar with a long, consistent burn. A fine cigar that is far better than its more expensive rivals.
5 out of 5
A great cigar!
A thoroughly enjoyable smoke. The cigars construction is impeccable. The wrapper holds up and burns evenly from start to finish.
4 out of 5
4 stars
I'm a new smoker but it's become one of my favorite hobbies. The Pilon is a really good smoke especially for the money. I purchased a box of coronas from CI for $80 and I've been a little disappointed with the 4 or 5 I have smoked. I don't know if I got a bad batch, but they have not been burning evenly and several have burned out and needed to be relit.
5 out of 5
Excellent
Excellent
4 out of 5
Like It.
Very enjoyable. The fermentation process leaves a distinctive good flavor. A great go to smoke.
3 out of 5
There is better
I'm a big CAO fan but this one looks like it won't make the rotation. Not enough ummpp. I don't say it's bad but not up to my standards.
5 out of 5
#1 Fan
I have become a big fan of CAO cigars. I keep their La Traviatas in my humidor, and now the Pilon Robusto will join.
5 out of 5
Wife surprised me with these and it was a great surprise!
Wife got me a box of these for our Anniversary because she had heard me talk about Nicaraguan cigars with Ecuadorian-Habano wrappers and this cigar perfectly fits the Nicaraguan filler/Ecuadorian-Habano wrapper combo perfectly. Lovely darker brown color, firm but not tightly packed, great tobacco smell on pre-light. Lit and burned perfectly. I note that in some reviews people mentioned construction issues and the first one I had did have a small split in the wrapper about an inch in. Burned right past it with no problem or unraveling. The taste lines up with a lot of other similar blends. Good but not overpowering peppery/spicy kick on the intake, nutty at times, good medium to full tobacco flavor underneath. Lots of nice white smoke and a good firm ash. To compare with others I would say it is spicer and not as "nutty" as a Padron thousand series (Padron uses a similar Habano wrapper but grown in Nicaragua not Ecuador). But not as spicy as your typical Don Pepin stick that has Nicc. filler and E-H or corojo wrappers. The cigar it reminded me most of was one of my favorite Blendlabs, the YH-542, which is also a E-H wrapper and Nic. filler. I would say that the CAO is a bit stronger than the YH and the spiciness lasts a bit longer but, of course, it is a bigger ring gauge so has more tobacco!
5 out of 5
Excellent
Fantastic stick
5 out of 5
try it.
Great cigar. One of my favorites.
5 out of 5
Good smooth cigar
Good smooth cigar
5 out of 5
Great Medium cigar!
The more I smoke these, the more I like them. If they EVER go on sale, I will be stocking up.
5 out of 5
Full Flavored Goodness
The CAO Pilon is one of the best full flavored cigars on the market. It is very flavorful and burns even and steady. I've smoked every one down to the nub!
4 out of 5
Good value cigar.
The Pilon is a well crafted, and after smoking 10 of these, I found them to have good burn qualities . It's flavor is good especially at this price. I would recommend a try.
5 out of 5
it's a g.f.c.
that's a good fuckin' cigar!
5 out of 5
CAO's Best
I have been on a CAO binge lately. I bought the sampler pack and several five packs. the Pilion is the best. It has more flavor than the other CAO beauties.
5 out of 5
Reordering
Bought these because my supply was running low. Hard to believe I am reordering this cigar. Normally I prefer Mild or Mild-medium cigars, but I really like these on occasion and I was down to just two left. There will always be room in my humidor for these.
5 out of 5
CAO PILLION
Awesome smoke ! Can't go wrong here,with a box of these beautys on hand !!
5 out of 5
Nom nom
A little young but delicious!!!!
5 out of 5
Purchaser
Best place to get Cigars and shipments always on time.
5 out of 5
Mild and Mild-Medium Fan
Normally I prefer a mild or mild-medium cigar. I accidentally order the Corona, am I glad I did! These won't be an everyday cigar for me, but my humidor will always have some in it from now on.
5 out of 5
Love it !
Great Cigar ! Loved the taste, nice draw and even burn.
5 out of 5
Samplers
Pleasant smoke good draw good flavor even burn very mild at a great price thanks CI
5 out of 5
One of the best tasting cigars I have ever smoked.
Pilon, along with Ave Maria, Asylum, and Brick House, are the best tasting cigar I ever had.
4 out of 5
overall good cigar
overall good cigar. decent flavor and even burn. good chocolate notes. sort of like a cheap version of a montecristo media noche. its worth a try.
5 out of 5
CAO Pilon A+
Great, consistent smoke. Best thing since the Flathead!
4 out of 5
Deal cigar
Got these on the deal that CI ran a couple months ago, smoked one as soon as it got here.. Wasn't bad, nothing to write home about though. Let the rest of them sit in the humi for a couple weeks and been smoking them here and there since then. Can't say they're a great smoke, would I buy them again? Sure it they were on a deal. Some have been tight, some have had really odd burn patterns, maybe as they sit they'll get better. All and all good smoke, little tight, but nice and creamy with no bite.
5 out of 5
New stogie....
Nice even light,smooth thick draw. Great even taste throughout. Recommended while relaxing after a long day.
5 out of 5
Cao Pilon
Very disappointed in this cigar. Constantly have to light it and it burns unevenly.
5 out of 5
A Very Nice Smoke
I really enjoy this cigar. It is creamy and satisfying all the way through. It doesn't get too spicy and hot toward the end like some cigars tend to do. One of my sons and I tried one of these and we enjoyed it so much I bought a box.
5 out of 5
Once again Cao has made
Once again Cao has made fantastic cigar but need bigger sizes
4 out of 5
OK
The Pilon was a good smoke for the price. Slow burn, good draw.
5 out of 5
Tony R Nowthen, MN
One of CAO's finest cigars they have produced. Smooth, rich and relaxing start to finish. Thank you!!!
4 out of 5
These are good
Smooth smoking, super flavorful, and stout cigars. These are going to be added to my regular rotation with MUWAT, Fuente, and Partagas. Highly recommend to all enthusiasts. Four stars only because CI takes forever to ship.
2 out of 5
Disappointing
I was very disappointed in this cigar. It was medium bodied but lacked much flavor and was just a mediocre smoke. The draw was a little loose for my taste, but my main complaint was the lack of flavor as opposed to the CAO Flathead Steel Horse which abounds with a rich and robust flavor.
1 out of 5
The Piolons are Failing me.......w-w-w-h-h-h-h-y-y-y-y !
I love CAO cigars, but these crack, unravel, and go out numerous times. Maybe I got a bad batch. Ive' punched shanks through a few to get a flow. They appear to rolled to tight. I gave my son a box, we'll see what he has to say (he's no an advid smoker).
5 out of 5
Cao
Another great smoke by CAO
4 out of 5
A very enjoyable smoke
When I heard about the Pilon, I had to order a box. Traditional styles of doing anything attracts me. It's a very good cigar but I expected a little more flavor out of it. I smoked one right out the box the day I received it in the mail and it was quite bland, I'm sure due to the humidity changes and shipping conditions. After a week of mellowing out in my humidor, there was much more flavor in the cigar that pleased my palate. I had no issues with the burn of the cigar and it stayed consistent throughout the entire smoke while holding the ash very well. It's definitely a cigar that I will keep in a constant rotation and worth the smoke. I've already smoked 4 this week!
4 out of 5
excellent cigar
I like the Pilon very much. He has a great flavor complexity and burned evenly through out. I feel these are under-priced.
4 out of 5
Great cigar with a few burning issues
I like most CAO cigars so when I learned about the Pilon I preordered a box of robustos. The box the cigars are packed in is very interesting, with a split opening lid and a nice overall presentation. The first cigar I smoked right after I opened the box had problems staying lit, probably due to pre-shipping over humidification. A week later the cigar smokes already better, although still had to be relight a few times and had a slight canoeing problem in the second half . The wrapper is beautiful and the cigar is packed uniformly and densely with aromatic tobacco leaves, it takes a while to smoke the whole thing. Very smooth and medium in strengh, not overly complex but with a very satisfying aroma and flavor. I would have given 5 stars if I had not encountered burn issues.
5 out of 5
BUY THIS CIGAR!
Best Cigar On The Market! Plain and simple!!!
4 out of 5
Surprisingly good smoke.
With a few exceptions, I don't really enjoy CAO cigars, however this one was pretty good. Nice medium body, but with a bit of that fuller-bodied pepper kick on the inhale. Notes of cedar and spice came with the aftertaste. It produced a lot of thick, rich white smoke too. Flavor profile didn't really change much and was overall pretty consistent during the hour or so it took to smoke it. I would definitely like to pick up some more.

CAO...at it again.

Jeff K
More and more today, new cigar releases seem to be hyping up some sort of gimmick or “uniqueness” factor. Some work, some don’t, and it’s nice to see the industry moving forward in different ways. But most nights, when I’m looking for a cigar to unwind with after a long day, I don’t want something flashy. I want something simple and elegant. Enter CAO Pilon, a cigar that’s been one of my post-work go-tos since it was released in late 2015.
 
I’m sure many of you are familiar with CAO, but if you have a second, check out their portfolio again, and just count all of the fantastic cigars that they’re behind. This brand is chock full of 90+ ratings (including the cigar at hand today), and I’m expecting that list will keep growing in the future. Pilon was released under their “Classic” line, which also includes the fantastic CAO Gold, Maduro, and Cameroon.
 
So where does the name Pilon come from? It’s a purposefully stacked layer of leaves, meant to ferment the tobacco. This style of fermentation dates back to Havana, Cuba in the 1800’s. It’s a traditional approach that takes slightly longer than typical fermentation, but that delivers a flavor that is rich, bold, and as the line suggests, classic.
 
Before we dive into the flavor of these sticks, let’s quickly go over the presentation. For my money, it’s unbeatable. The box is simple, the band gives you all the information on the blend that you need (why don’t more cigars do this?), and the text on the front tells you all about the Pilon story. Inside the box, you’ll find 20 perfectly rolled Nicaraguan gems. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is slightly oily, and really compliments the Nicaraguan fillers and binder.
 
The result of this blend is a medium-bodied mix of spice, earth, cedar, leather, and a natural nuttiness. The cigar grows in strength as you burn it, and by the end, it certainly has a bit more kick, without being overwhelming. This is a perfect companion to a glass of rum after a great dinner. The balance of this cigar makes me confident recommending it to anyone, and as of now, I’m making sure I always have a few of these on hand. It just goes to show you — trends come and go, but passion and talent are timeless.