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“Sweet and earthy” Ramon Allones Heritage by CAO Cigars Review.

Brand History

CAO International, Inc. is the producer of one of the country’s top lines of premium cigars.  Founded by Cano A. Ozgener in Nashville as a labor of love 41 years ago, today CAO products can be found on every continent in the world with the exception of Antarctica.

They have a terrific reputation of delivering quality products at fair prices.  The line consists of a wide variety of blends such as American, Brazilia, Colombia, Criolla, Flavours, Gold, Italia, L’Anniversaire Cameroon, L’Anniversaire Maduro, Lx2, Mx2, OSA Sol, Sopranos and Vision, La Traviata, Brazilia, America, Italia, CAO Gold, and CAO Maduro as well as unique flavored brands like Moontrance and Eileen’s Dream.

Since then they have been acquired by General Cigar Company which is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and marketers of premium cigars.  Their artisans in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua are passionate about handcrafting their iconic products to maximize the cigar smoking experience.  General Cigar’s portfolio of acclaimed brands includes Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagas, La Gloria Cubana, CAO, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Foundry.

Given their large size, they are able to buy, age and store their own tobacco, operating three factories in each of the top cigar-making countries.  As a result, their team of cigar masters can utilize an extremely broad base of tobacco in creating new blends, and they can move quickly to bring innovative new products to consumers.  Their joint venture with the Plasencia Group provides additional capabilities in leaf growing, processing, and cigar making.  The Plasencia Group’s highly regarded, family-owned operations encompass five cigar factories and more than 20,000 acres of tobacco farms.

With size comes the resources that enable them to buy, age and store tobacco, and to operate three factories in each of the top cigar-making countries.  As a result, their team of cigar masters can utilize an extremely broad base of tobacco in creating new blends, and allow them to move quickly to bring innovative new products to consumers.

As part of their commitment to providing cigars of the finest quality, they cultivate new varieties of tobacco through in-house research and development programs. Their joint venture with the Plasencia Group provides them with unmatched leaf growing, processing, and cigar making capabilities that enhance their activities in Honduras and Nicaragua. The Plasencia Group’s highly regarded, family-owned operations encompass five cigar factories and more than 20,000 acres of tobacco farms.

They respond assertively to challenges facing the premium cigar category, working to protect the right to enjoy handmade cigars in this country.  Members of their executive team are active in every major cigar industry association, and they have their own team of dedicated lobbyists on both the state and federal levels.

Appearance:

This cigar has a very rich looking and oily wrapper.  It is hearty with a good pre-light aroma that has a sweet and earthy tone.

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 Journey Profile:

1st quarter: Once lit, there was an incredibly smooth and effortless draw.  It produced big dense clouds that filled the palate with flavorful smoke.  There was only a slight resistance on the draw, which created a smooth smoking experience.  Yielding to a new vantage point, the clouds of smoke revealed creaminess with a spicy undertone.  2nd quarter: There were spices present through the nose and a very clean texture on the palate.  The balance of flavor and body was quite good and its characters maintained their richness and earthiness as the cigar continued to slowly burn down.  3rd quarter: A light spice lingered through the nose, in the aroma and on the finish.  Generous amounts of thick white smoke continued to fill the air.  Full, alluring and very rich flavors remained consistent throughout the cigar.  4th quarter: The initial light spice from the previous portion increased in intensity.  This cigar’s outstanding and nearly flawless construction allowed for a long white-gray ash.

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Final Thoughts:

Overall, the Ramon Allones by CAO Cigars has great construction, and an extremely even burn and held onto a very long and tight gray ash.  It is a medium body with rich full flavors that lasted from the time the cigar was lit up until the end of the journey.  Characters were smooth and bold yet not too complex.  A very well made cigar with flavor to match.

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Myron Gooch Sr.

Reviewed at: The Man Cave.

Time Smoked: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Cost: $8.50

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra.

Binder: Nicaragua.

Filler: Nicaragua.

Size: 5” x 50.

Rating: 89

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