We love an aptly named stick. The CAO Bones cigar name was inspired by playing dominoes (bones is another name for the game) in the dark recesses of a smokey cigar lounge. Damn—this name keeps getting better, doesn’t it? Carefully blended by Rick Rodriguez, CAO Bones cigars are medium-full premiums rolled at the STG Estelí factory in Nicaragua.
Rodriguez told Cigar Aficionado that bones (the game) are about hanging out with friends “with a cold beer in your hand, playing a game, smoking, grilling, talking a little trash, and having the time of your life.” Now we’re talking. Is there a place we can apply for that as a day job?
These cigars come in a box where the inner lid is covered in felt. Once flipped, this lid provides a fine surface to throw dice. The original idea was to include one domino, but Rodriguez intervened, stating that you can’t do anything with a single domino. Thus the felt inner lid with dice was included.
The CAO Bones cigar packs a core blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan tobaccos, and Honduran long-fillers from the Jamastran and La Entrada regions. For the binder and wrapper, CAO doubled up on the Connecticut leaf. The binder is a Connecticut shade, and the wrapper is Connecticut broadleaf. So, yeah, if you’re a big Connecticut cigar person, the Bones might be part of your destiny.
The result of this thoughtful blend is a medium-full strength, complex smoke with notes of wood, vanilla, and nuts.
Please enjoy CAO Bones cigars at your leisure.
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CAO Bones FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Vanilla, wood, nuts.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
People in search of that double Connecticut feeling and people who wish dominoes was an actual career.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
For sure. It’s an exciting smoke from spark to nub.
What’s a good pairing with it?
Set your CAO Bones cigar up with Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve Irish Whiskey. This stuff is packed with notes of vanilla, sweetness, and wood.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
Once you flip the lid and start a ferocious game of dice.
Only if the other guy wins the dice game.