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CAO Brand History

CAO is a brand of cigar produced by the General Cigar company.  CAO was a part of the premium tobacco division of the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.  The Scandinavian Tobacco Group took over operations of the brand in 2007 when they bought out the Ozenger family who started the CAO brand.

Subsequently, General Cigar acquired the CAO brand in a partial  merger with the Scandanavia Tobacco Group.  The CAO name came from the initials of the company’s founder Cano A. Ozenger.

Ozenger was originally in the pipe making industry, but branched out into cigar production in the 1980s when he created CAO.  Originally local to Nashville, TN the CAO name is now an internationally recognized cigar brand.  The Ozenger family no longer controls the brand, but their spirit and vision remains influential.

Cigar Brand Newcomers

The cigar world is not always very welcoming to newcomers.  There are so many tried and true old standards in the cigar industry that it takes a special kind of cigar to be successful in the market today.

CAO is  a great example of a successful newcomer.  Although the company got into the cigar business around one hundred years after most of their main competitors, CAO produced a cigar that could not be marginalized or ignored.  Today CAO produces over twenty cigar lines which have received high praise from some of the most revered cigar critics around.

CAO Gold Blends

The CAO Gold is one of the most popular of the CAO brand.  This CAO classic is a mild bodied cigar which is notable for its flavor rather than its strength.  The CAO Gold Maduro is a more full bodied version of the CAO Gold.  There is also  a CAO Gold Vintage that is more full bodied because of its age.

New Blend: CAO OSA SOL and CAO La Traviata

Another highly acclaimed line of CAO cigars is the CAO La Traviata.  CAO Latraviata was named number fifteen in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 cigars in 2010.  A Nicaraguan and Dominican blend, CAO La Traviata is a full flavored cigar in the model of the old world Cuban standards.  La Taviata is Italian for “the women who goes astray”.

The most recent CAO release is the CAO OSA sol.  CAO OSA sol is a Nicaraguan and Honduran blend.  The CAO OSA Sol has a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Olancho San Augustin Sungrowth (OSA) wrapped leaf.  A balanced array of flavors with just the right amount of punch, the CAO OSA Sol lives up to its hype.

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