Just follow your nose!
CAO Nicaragua cigars join a group that already includes stogies honoring America, Italy, and Brazil, just to name a few. The blends aren’t always puros – that is, they can include tobacco from a number of locations. If that’s what it takes to make a great and worthwhile blend using leaf from a particular place, that’s what CAO is going to do. But the cigars are always crafted to highlight the finer qualities of tobacco from the chosen region.
Let’s start with the basics: the long-filler blend for CAO Nicaragua cigars is all Nica leaf.
Why Nicaragua? Well, brand head Rick Rodriguez explains something that pretty much every cigar fan knows in 2023. That “Nicaragua’s rich volcanic soils and ideal humidity, temperature, and sunlight create the perfect growing conditions for tobacco.” For this cigar in particular, the blending team started with the filler, focusing on leaves “representing three distinctive microclimates and three distinctive tastes.”
This means Estelí, Jalapa, and Condega.
Then, it’s time to turn up the richness just a touch, with some Jamastran Honduran leaf for the binder and wrapper. Nature really doesn’t know national borders, but it does know the difference between the mineral deposits and soil composition of a given valley and farms hours away.
What does all this tobacco DO, at the end of the day? Well, it comes out quite fine when the leaf turns to smoke. Cigar Aficionado gave the CAO Nicaragua a very solid 91 points and described it as “earthy and oaky with touches of vanilla and spearmint that lead to a bold, leathery finish.” There are just enough interesting, unexpected notes to turn this good cigar into something just a bit more. All in all, the CAO Nicaragua is a nice tribute to a country that has seen a mountain of great blends crafted in its illustrious borders. And dare we say it? It’s a little different than you might expect.
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CAO Nicaragua FAQ'S
What are the flavors like?
Earth, oak, vanilla, spearmint, leather
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
CAO Nicaragua cigars are for people who want a take on Nicaraguan tobacco that just a touch different than the usual.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
This one’s certified nice. You’ll get your money’s worth.
What’s a good pairing with it?
Kind of a touch call. Something’s telling us this is a cigar to enjoy with a proper beer. Maybe a Dragon’s Milk White? It’s a bourbon-barrel aged white stout, a type of stout made without dark roasted malts and instead a substitute like coffee, cacao, or vanilla bean.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
When traditional Nica blends are too predictable.
It’s such a star, even after tons of reviews are in. Well-made and highly enjoyable!