Founder and creator of CAO, Cano A. Ozgener, started making some of the best-known Meerschaum pipes in the world in his garage as a hobby. While traveling to different trade shows, he noticed the need for humidors and started making those as well. During the cigar boom of the 1990’s, he was introduced to Carlos Toraño who then introduced him to Nestor Plasencia. The rest is, well, history as the pair began creating unique blends that have developed into the cigar brand that we all know and love today.
CAO went back to the basin, the Amazon basin to be exact. The CAO Amazon Basin series is of the most popular new cigars to come out of CAO in years, so it was only a matter of time before a follow up hit the scene. With that said, we would like to introduce the second installment of the soon to be trilogy, the CAO Fuma Em Corda. This powerhouse starts with a Honduran Colorado wrapper that secures a feisty Cameroon binder and finishes with fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Brazil – with the Brazilian tobaccos being the highlight, featuring a mix of both Bragança and Arapiraca leaves. The Bragança tobacco goes through a process in which it’s compressed into tightly wound tubes and fermented for six months. The Arapiraca tobacco on the other hand uses a completely different process where the tobacco is hand rolled into tightly wound coils called Fuma Em Corda, hence the name. Full-bodied, this smoke has a woody flavor, with spiciness and an incredibly long finish. To describe this stick as unique could be an understatement, and our panel loved it with an IPA.
Honduras has been a tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing area for hundreds of years, but it was the Communist revolution in Cuba that really put Honduras on the map. In the 1960s, many Cuban cigar makers fled their homeland and arrived in Honduras to re-establish their way of life. The immigrants took advantage of the climate, soil, and geography, which were well-suited to tobacco growing, and began producing high quality cigars. The center of the Honduran cigar industry is the city of Danli and the nearby Jamastran Valley. The majority of the world’s pure Corojo tobacco is grown here, now that Cuba has stopped production of this iconic, spicy, and rich variety in favor of Corojo hybrids. Other important areas of Honduran cigar production include the Talanga Valley, Copan, and Trojes.
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