CAO Cigars Are the Spice of Life

The aficionado strives to try new experiences and partake in so much of what life has to offer. We do this because we believe in living life to the fullest. This isn't some bland, glum experience. No, life is an adventure filled with fantastic experiences and we make efforts to enjoy the best of them. Of course, a big part of that enjoyment comes from drawing on cigars created with fine, cured tobacco. If a cigar is made with high quality tobacco and rolled by knowledgeable hands, it's going to be a satisfying smoking experience.

Nevertheless, you don't have to resign yourself to just one type of cigar or tobacco from just one country.  There are hundreds of beautiful creations available for the aficionado and some of the most wonderful come from the people at the CAO cigar company. CAO has never been afraid to think outside the box and experiment with fine tobaccos from different parts of the globe. They gave us the absolutely wonderful, smooth and spicy, Nicaraguan and Brazilian Brazilia Robusto, the excellent Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian Gold Corona Connecticut, and the fantastic Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Criollo.
The cigars they create are simply fantastic and will help any aficionado appreciate the spice of life.

Learn more about what's in store from CAO in this video of an interview with Tim Ozgener.

Save on these quality cigars and hundreds of cigar brands at Thompson Cigar today.

0 Comments »

Why Quality Brands like CAO Cigars and Yachts Were Made for Each Other

Boating or yachting is commonly practiced by people who strive to live the good life. Whether racing with a sail boat, cruising the Mediterranean in a yacht, or fishing from your favorite bass boat, aficionados love to CAO BRAZILIA AMAZON BRAZILIAN GORDOspend time on the water. We love going fishing, the luxury of cruising on the open water with a cold drink in hand, and can''t get enough of the adventure and excitement promised by the seven seas. We of course, also love to smoke cigars and how could you possibly go boating without enjoying quality smokes at the same time?

Although dozens of great cigar brands can help highlight a day of yachting, the CAO Brazilia brand seems particularly suited for time on the waves. The Amazon Brazilian Gordo combines carefully aged Nicaraguan filler with a beautiful, brown Brazilian leaf to create a masterpiece of a smoke. Drawing on one of these excellent cigars while lazily plying the waves of a deep blue sea is living life to the fullest.

Another fantastic smoke created by the people at CAO that matches the best in yachting is their Gold Corona Connecticut brand. This high rated smoke is incredibly smooth and will surprise you with its buttery, vanilla like flavors.

Be prepared for boating with the best in cigars from Thompson today.

0 Comments »

Fine Cigars that Come with Their Own Fine Case

CAO BRAZILIA WITH CASE BRAZILIAN TOROThe greatest of cigars deserve careful treatment. No matter what type of smokes you enjoy, they should always be stored in a place that keeps them safe while improving the smoking experience. At home, a beautiful, properly maintained storage device will do the trick but when you are on the road, you have to resort to other means. One of the best is our X-Treme cigar case.

When you put your fine, treasured smokes into this case, it's like storing them in a small Fort Knox. The air-tight X-Treme case is crush-proof, waterproof and ready to protect your cigars no matter what your travel conditions may be. We are so convinced of its tough nature that we guarantee this case for life.

You can buy it on its own but why do that when you it can come with five high quality cigars? The smokes in question are five CAO Brazilia Toros. Filled with excellent, aged Nicaraguan tobacco and wrapped with high quality, maduro Arapiraca Brazilian leaf, these smokes merit a place of distinction in any cigar collection. Draw on one of these and you will be in for a seriously smooth, taste-filled smoke.

This deal is one that every aficionado will love. Buy one for yourself and get a few to bestow upon fellow aficionados. Exclusively available from Thompson Cigars.

0 Comments »

Nicaragua - The New Home of Fine Cigars?

CAO BRAZILIA BOX PRESS BRAZILIAN GORDOCuba has long been known as the place where the finest cigars are made but to be honest, the island that gave birth to the Corojo seed does not hold a monopoly on premium smokes. Plenty of excellent cigars do come out of Cuba but every aficionado knows that beautiful smokes are also crafted in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and other places.

Nicaragua in particular is a hotspot for fine smokes and a number of excellent brands contest to this distinction. High quality Casa Magna smokes use Nicaraguan blends to create 90 plus rated sticks on a regular basis. In 2008, fine Nicaraguan tobacco helped them win the Cigar Aficionado 2008 cigar of the year award. 

The masterpiece by CAO known as the Brazilia Gordo also makes its mark with Nicaraguan fillers. Wrapped with premium Brazilian leaves and carefully aged, these fine smokes are incredibly smooth.

The fantastic cigars from Oliva also have their home in Nicaragua. If you have yet to try an Oliva, order a sampler of these great smokes to see why they deserve a special place in every humidor.

These aren't the only brands that use Nicaraguan tobacco either. Many of the smokes offered by Rocky Patel, Gurkha, H. Upmann, and our own premium brands are also crafted in that tobacco growing hotspot.

Although it wouldn't be entirely accurate to call Nicaragua the only home of fine smokes, the fine brands mentioned above show that it can share that distinction with Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Save on excellent Nicaraguan cigars at Thompson today!

 

0 Comments »

Little Cigars That Pack a Punch

IGUANA LITTLE CIGARS 3-FER NATURAL FILTERED RUMThe "classic" cigar might be a hefty maduro but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment we get from smoking other sizes of cigars, cigarillos included. The cigarillo is just a term for a small cigar. Although many of the smaller brands tend to be flavored, there's not much difference between those pint-sized smokes and big Churchills. The experience generated by smoking any stick will of course vary by brand and the aging process but just because a smoke is small, that doesn't change the fact that it's a cigar.

Although you might prefer a larger cigar at the end of the day, those small smokes are especially handy while working. They fit right into lunch and smoke breaks and are especially good while enjoying the great outdoors. Aficionados who haven't tried any of the smaller brands might be pleasantly surprised by the Iguana brand. Filtered and heightened with such flavors as rum, vanilla, and cherry, these small, mild to medium smokes offer great taste for a low price.  For quality smokes with stronger flavors, try the high quality CAO Brazilia Gordos. Those fine little sticks will probably vie with any of the larger smokes in your collection.

Save on these and hundreds of other quality smokes at Thompson Cigars today.

0 Comments »

Where to Find Savings on Cohiba Cigars

Cohibas are some of the most famous cigars around. While there are actually two Cohiba brands COHIBA FINO CAMEROON ROBUSTO(one in Cuba and another in the United States of America), both offer some of the best premium smokes on Earth. Many an aficionado treasures the American version just as much as Cuban Cohibas and strive to add a few to their humidors. Although they are readily available, the quality experience promised by the Cohiba brand demands prices that average a fair bit more than everyday cigars.

With that in mind, finding discounts on these legendary smokes is always a worthwhile endeavor. Although they don't go on sale as often as other brands, it's still possible to get great discounts on Cohibas if you look in the right places. The first and best place to check is the Cigar Deals page on the Thompson Cigars site. Look around and you just might find some of the best deals on Cohibas that you will ever experience. Although discounts come and go, Cohiba Fino Cameroon Robustos were recently available for 35% off the regular price! The same goes for Cohiba Black Churchill Maduros.

In addition to finding discounts on Cohibas, don't be surprised to also come across great savings on other famous brands like Partagas and CAO Brazilia when shopping at Thompson.  

 

0 Comments »

Why Cigar Cutters Improve Your Smoking Experience

CAO BRAZILIA WITH CASE BRAZILIA TORO CIGARWatch some of those older movies and you might see someone take out a cigar and bite the tip off before lighting it. Although it adds drama to the scene (especially in war movies), biting off the tip of a cigar is not recommended. It's one of those things that no one should try at home because although you may or may not damage your teeth, there's a very good chance that you will cause harm to the cigar. When you ravage a cigar with your teeth, the tip is removed with a ripping action that leaves a jagged edge.

No doubt, some people reading this might be thinking, "So what? That's not going to affect the experience or taste". However, veteran aficionados wouldn't dream of lighting up any cigar without using some type of official cigar cutter. They insist on using a cigar cutter for prepping that CAO Brazilia or Gispert because they know that it improves the experience. A quick clean chop off the tip of a cigar results in a better draw and more even smoke than using teeth to chew away at the tip. Running the risk of a diminished cigar smoking experience is never worth it so true aficionados always use a quality cutter.

Get great deals on cutters and premium cigars at Thompson Cigars today.

0 Comments »

The Summer Cigar Sampler

Summer is approaching and that can only mean one thing....summer cookouts!  I can't think of a better way to get together with my buddies and the family other than by sitting out on the porch smoking a quality cigar.  True aficionados bring cigars to share to the party, although sometimes it can be difficult to know which cigars to bring when everyone has their own preference.  That is why the 90 Plus Rated Deluxe Sampler is always a great choice!  You can bring an assortment of cigars that have a broad range of flavors and will surely be a crowd pleaser.  They're easy to light and even nicer to smoke.  Be the talk at all of the parties by bringing the gift that keeps on giving!

It's not often you can save on BIG NAME cigars – cigars that others will envy as you smoke them! The Highly Rated Sampler contains 2 C.A.O. Brazilia, 2 C.A.O. Criollo and 2 C.A.O. Gold… plus 2 Vintage 1990, 2 Vintage 1992, and 2 Sungrown by Rocky Patel. These glorious cigars will give you hours of smoking pleasure.  It's no wonder people are talking about this sampler!
0 Comments »

The Flavors Are as Fat as These Fine Cigars

SWISHER SWEETS WINE NATURAL CIGARILLOThe source of cigar flavor can basically be divided into two categories. These are (1) natural flavors from fermented tobacco, and (2) non-tobacco flavors that are added to the cigar. The second category of flavor can result in some great smokes like cigars by ACID or ever popular brands like Backwoods and Swisher Sweets. Not that adding flavor with the methodologies used for these brands is a simple task, but it's far easier to infuse cigars with flavor than carefully growing and fermenting leaves to come up with a particular set of natural flavors.

The natural process involves selecting and cultivating flavor-filled tobacco plants over the course of several years and then using fermenting processes to age the leaves. If the master cigar maker gets the end result he or she had been hoping for, aficionados get the chance to experience a naturally flavored work of art. One such masterpiece is the CAO Brazilia Gordo. "Gordo" means "fat" in Spanish and using it in the name of this fine smoke is no coincidence. Fat in appearance and even heftier when it comes to flavor, these smokes combine the complexities of a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper with smooth Nicaraguan filler.

Get great deals on these and other fine smokes from Thompson today!

 

0 Comments »

Changes at CAO?

As of early November, there were rumors that CAO International would be closing up shop and its distribution taken over by General Cigar. This would be the result of the merger of CAO's parent company, Scandinavian Tobacco, with Swedish Match. The Internet was abuzz, with many (including me) wondering what this might mean for the availability and continued high quality of CAO cigars.

Regardless of what eventually happens, whether any change in distribution affects the end product or whether the same systems and processes remain in place, things like this mark a good time to take a step back and think about what these mergers, acquisitions, and trends mean to you as a cigar smoker. And to me, they mean "buy another humidor."

That's because if you like a particular cigar, there's always a chance that its situation could change with any new ownership or corporate restructuring. The new bosses could discontinue a brand with low sales even if it has a vocal cult following, or it could encourage changes in the recipe that make it a different smoking experience. It all depends on whether the balance between tradition, quality and the bottom line remains the same.

In general, I always take my cue from the company turnover following a takeover. Which prominent figures stay, and which ones depart, give me a sense of what the state of the company will be going forward, and I plan my buys accordingly.

This time, even the rumor was enough for me to pick up an extra box of the CAO Brazilia Gordos, just in case the smoke led to fire. That's one of my favorite cigars, and I wanted to make sure I had some on hand just in case I might not have the opportunity later.

0 Comments »

Excellent Sampler Great Value

The Living Legend from Philadelphia, Pa reviewed the ROCKY VS CAO SAMPLER

This was a great value for the money. Each individual cigar had an excellent draw and burned well. Complete satifaction. Would highly recommend!

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Everyday, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado

Rocky Patel vs CAO. Sometimes it's the competition that makes something more interesting… such is the case with our Rocky Patel vs. CAO Sampler. ,You'll get 18 total smokes, 9 from Rocky Patel and 9 from CAO. All of these cigars are highly rated and they all enjoy fanatically loyal followings amongst Thompson customers. Which cigar is the best? Which brand is the best? We'll leave that up to you since we (a) can't play favorites, and (b) couldn't decide even if we had to… they're all too good! You'll get three each of the following – Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Rocky Patel Vintage 1992, Rocky Patel Vintage 1999, CAO Brazilia, CAO Gold, and CAO Italia! Heck, at this price, you can buy another sampler for one of your buddies and compare tasting notes. Trust us, it'll be fun!

0 Comments »

CAO is a great cigar!

no real nickname from ohio reviewed the TASTE OF CAO ASSORTED SAMPLER

I smoke cigars a few times a week and look for ones that are not harsh, have a good - and lasting - flavor to them, and are aromatic. CAO cigars, with the exception of Brazilia, fit that bill terrifically.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Good Draw, Great Flavor, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Everyday, Gifts
Describe Yourself: Special Occasion Smoker

Easily one of the most recognized companies in the business, C.A.O. is known for their highly rated, exciting and exotic tobacco blends and dynamic modern design. Nobody else tastes or looks like they do! With our Taste of C.A.O. Sampler, we’re offering you a chance to travel the wide and varied world of C.A.O. You’ll get 9 total cigars, two C.A.O. Box Press Tubo, two C.A.O. Candela, two C.A.O. Gold Maduro, two 90-rated C.A.O. Criollo, and one 91-rated C.A.O. Italia. We acknowledge that this extraordinary sampler may present you with a small problem but, sorry, we can’t help you decide which one of these wonderful cigars to smoke first. We’ve already hooked you up with the cigars and an incredible price… you’re on your own making smoking decisions!

0 Comments »

....And the Winner is.....Rocky!!

The "Gooch" from Palm Springs Ca. (Rancho Mirage) reviewed the ROCKY VS CAO SAMPLER

The Rocky Vintage 1990, etc Durham wrapper is a dream...Not too fond of the conneticut..Too dry, no flavor..Hands down, Rocky wins this bout

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor
Cons: Construction Issues
Best Uses: Events, Everyday
Describe Yourself: Cigar Aficionado

Rocky Patel vs CAO. Sometimes it's the competition that makes something more interesting… such is the case with our Rocky Patel vs. CAO Sampler. ,You'll get 18 total smokes, 9 from Rocky Patel and 9 from CAO. All of these cigars are highly rated and they all enjoy fanatically loyal followings amongst Thompson customers. Which cigar is the best? Which brand is the best? We'll leave that up to you since we (a) can't play favorites, and (b) couldn't decide even if we had to… they're all too good! You'll get three each of the following – Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Rocky Patel Vintage 1992, Rocky Patel Vintage 1999, CAO Brazilia, CAO Gold, and CAO Italia! Heck, at this price, you can buy another sampler for one of your buddies and compare tasting notes. Trust us, it'll be fun!

0 Comments »

All Around Good Cigar.

The Once-A-Week-er from Pittsburgh, Pa reviewed the CAO BRAZILIA LAMBADA BRAZILIA TORO

Takes awhile to get a nice even puff but once your there it really is nice. Almost a little too spicy... but if you're into that sort of thing go for it. In my opinion CAOs 2nd best cigar next to the LX2. If you enjoy this cigar please try the LX2: which in my opinion is the best cigar i have smoked to date. Enjoy

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Very Spicy
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado

Treading on ground few others would dare, Cano Ozgener has succeeded in successfully putting together a most unlikely pairing, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler and a black as midnight Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Made in Danli, Honduras. Brazilia is truly a cosmopolitan cigar and one that delights the eye as well as the taste buds, so much so that we predict it will soon be earning the rating accolades so typical of all C.A.O. products. Yes, Brazilia is a cigar on the rise. Both the Arapiraca wrappers and Nicaraguan fillers are aged to perfection then expertly combined by skilled torcedores and set aside for months to allow the flavors to slowly marry into a smoothness that is the envy of the industry. C.A.O. selected only large ring gauge sizes to appeal to the connoisseur who craves a wide screen breadth of flavor.

0 Comments »

The best smoke for the buck

Captain Kirk from Round Hill Va. reviewed the ROCKY VS CAO SAMPLER

I only smoke 1 or 2 cigars a week and when I light up I don't want a cheap smoke. Rocky and CAO have become my favorite smokes. The flavor fits right into my mild to medium range.A great flavor to top off the end of the week.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Gifts, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado

Rocky Patel vs CAO. Sometimes it's the competition that makes something more interesting… such is the case with our Rocky Patel vs. CAO Sampler. ,You'll get 18 total smokes, 9 from Rocky Patel and 9 from CAO. All of these cigars are highly rated and they all enjoy fanatically loyal followings amongst Thompson customers. Which cigar is the best? Which brand is the best? We'll leave that up to you since we (a) can't play favorites, and (b) couldn't decide even if we had to… they're all too good! You'll get three each of the following – Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Rocky Patel Vintage 1992, Rocky Patel Vintage 1999, CAO Brazilia, CAO Gold, and CAO Italia! Heck, at this price, you can buy another sampler for one of your buddies and compare tasting notes. Trust us, it'll be fun!

0 Comments »

Nothing but the best

Spacehound from Nashville,Tn reviewed the ROCKY VS CAO SAMPLER

I would love to review these cigars, but I can't. I shipped them to our men overseas. I picked these because I already know the quality, and I know they deserve the best.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Best Uses: Gifts

Rocky Patel vs CAO. Sometimes it's the competition that makes something more interesting… such is the case with our Rocky Patel vs. CAO Sampler. ,You'll get 18 total smokes, 9 from Rocky Patel and 9 from CAO. All of these cigars are highly rated and they all enjoy fanatically loyal followings amongst Thompson customers. Which cigar is the best? Which brand is the best? We'll leave that up to you since we (a) can't play favorites, and (b) couldn't decide even if we had to… they're all too good! You'll get three each of the following – Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Rocky Patel Vintage 1992, Rocky Patel Vintage 1999, CAO Brazilia, CAO Gold, and CAO Italia! Heck, at this price, you can buy another sampler for one of your buddies and compare tasting notes. Trust us, it'll be fun!

0 Comments »

this just may be my favorite cigar

Dougie Doug from Atlanta Ga reviewed the CAO BRAZILIA BOX PRESS BRAZILIA GORDO

Just Smoke it!

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Gifts, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado

Treading on ground few others would dare, Cano Ozgener has succeeded in successfully putting together a most unlikely pairing, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler and a black as midnight Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Made in Danli, Honduras. Brazilia is truly a cosmopolitan cigar and one that delights the eye as well as the taste buds, so much so that we predict it will soon be earning the rating accolades so typical of all C.A.O. products. Yes, Brazilia is a cigar on the rise. Both the Arapiraca wrappers and Nicaraguan fillers are aged to perfection then expertly combined by skilled torcedores and set aside for months to allow the flavors to slowly marry into a smoothness that is the envy of the industry. C.A.O. selected only large ring gauge sizes to appeal to the connoisseur who craves a wide screen breadth of flavor.

0 Comments »

This is one fine cigar!

Cap'n Jacky from Lexington, Ky reviewed the CAO BRAZILIA BOX PRESS BRAZILIA GORDO

When the game is done and its' time to enjoy a win, light up a Brazilia. This is a fine cigar, full of flavor and put together right.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Cigar Aficionado

Treading on ground few others would dare, Cano Ozgener has succeeded in successfully putting together a most unlikely pairing, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler and a black as midnight Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Made in Danli, Honduras. Brazilia is truly a cosmopolitan cigar and one that delights the eye as well as the taste buds, so much so that we predict it will soon be earning the rating accolades so typical of all C.A.O. products. Yes, Brazilia is a cigar on the rise. Both the Arapiraca wrappers and Nicaraguan fillers are aged to perfection then expertly combined by skilled torcedores and set aside for months to allow the flavors to slowly marry into a smoothness that is the envy of the industry. C.A.O. selected only large ring gauge sizes to appeal to the connoisseur who craves a wide screen breadth of flavor.

0 Comments »

Great deal!! One of my favorite cigars

Ant916 from Sacramento CA reviewed the CAO BRAZILIA CHANGO 2-FER BRAZILIA TORO

I always find myelf coming back to this smoke. Medium to full and it gets better throughout the smoke

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Everyday, Gifts, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado

Our pals at CAO accidentally ordered several hundred extra 5 count Tubo Gift Sets and who do you think they called to help 'em out? Right after we got the call, we swooped in and bought the whole lot at a huge discount because great deals like this don't come along every day… and we're passing our savings on to you! While supplies last, buy any 5 count box of CAO Brazilia (Chango), CAO Gold (Aurum), or CAO Italia (Largo) in tubes and receive a second box absolutely FREE! Save more than 50% off of MSRP with this Thompson Exclusive BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Offer!

0 Comments »

Great value here

DISH from Indiana reviewed the CAO BRAZILIA WITH CASE BRAZILIA TORO

These great cigars came with a travel humidor case that is lightweight, very portable and especially functional. I used it on a trip to Wisconsin recently and it kept my puros safe and at the proper humidity with its built in humidification system. Larger ring size cigars may have a problem storing 5 in the case.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Everyday, Gifts, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado

Sleek, black and indestructible. This is the only travel case that you must have. With room for 5 cigars, the Thompson X-Treme Case is crush proof, air and water tight, and because of its rugged construction, we guarantee it forever. With this deal, you get the X-Treme Case with 5 C.A.O. Brazilia cigars – pure smoking excellence in a Brazilian Maduro Arapiraca wrapper.

0 Comments »