This was one of CAO’s first blends in the 90s, back when they were barely launched as a cigar company, but it has stood the test of time as a reliable Nicaraguan smoke with classic flavors. Wrapped in a light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper or a rich mahogany Brazilian Maduro, the CAO Gold puts out delicious flavors. For the Connecticut-wrapped version, you’ll get earth, pepper, cocoa bean, and roasted nuts. The CAO Gold Maduro changes things up and brings more creamy, buttery coffee flavors to the forefront.
It’s a trip back to the beginning of things – to a simple time before a lot of cigar fads took hold. In the early 90s, CAO founder Cano Ozgener was still in his “engineering” phase. He had a decent business selling Turkish “meerschaum” pipes, but the industry was in a lull. Fortunately, Ozgener’s contacts in the tobacco industry were just getting into a new cigar boom, and opportunity was there. He started using his design skills to make fine humidors, and eventually got talking with Nestor Plasencia about making his own cigar blend. The CAO Honduran line came out two years later, followed by the CAO Gold Robusto. CAO wouldn’t fully arrive as a top cigar maker until the Flathead nearly took home the Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year award in 2015, but blends like the CAO Gold were the foundation on which the company was built. To this day, it still stands as a high quality Nicaraguan blend that showcases the best flavors of the country.
Please browse our selection of CAO Gold and CAO Gold Maduro Cigars at your leisure.