Cao cigars are a specialty brand cigars especially made in Honduras at Nestor Plasencias de Tabacas Oriente factory. Some of the ingredients are made elsewhere: such as the fillers are made of Nicaraguan and Mexican tobacco. The binders come from Honduras with wrappers made in Connecticut giving them a unique quality and diverse image as compared to other tobaccos. These cigars are well constructed and offer a mild smoke. The Cao brand has a good amount of diverse tobaccos to suit the cigar connoisseur. Furthermore, the Cao brand is most popular for its superb quality, its innovative product development, and the specialty packaging. The premium hand-rolled cigars are most enjoyed by connoisseurs from around world.
Cigars in general are rolled in a circular form, which provides ease for smoking. The bundle of tobacco is dried and fermented, in which it is ignited so that its smoke is drawn into the smoker’s mouth. The roll consists of cut tobacco filler which is formed in a binder leaf and with a wrapper leaf that is rolled in a spiral around the bunch of leaf. The wrapper leaf has to have the quality of strength, elasticity, silky in texture, and even in color. The pleasant flavor and good burning properties gives it an ease for processing. Compared to cigarettes, cigars produce a stronger odor and smoke. The origin of the cigar dates back to the 10th century where they were being smoked by Mayan Indians among other indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea islands, Mexico, and Mesoamerica. One of the famous and well-known explorers Christopher Columbus reported back to Spain his encountering of the tobacco and he is credited for introducing it to Europe. The word ‘cigar’ in itself is actually derived from the Mayan word for tobacco, ‘siyar’.
The cigar tobacco is grown in great quantities in countries such as Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Nicaragua, and the United States to name a few. When the tobacco leaves are harvested and aged, there is a process that is used to combine the use of heat and shade to reduce sugar and water content without causing the large leaves to deteriorate. This first step is called curing, which takes between 25 to 45 days. The curing process varies substantially based on the climatic conditions and the construction of the storage units used to store harvested tobacco. Therefore, the areas mentioned above tend to have the best climate for growing and harvesting tobacco. The second part of the process, which is called fermentation, is carried out under conditions that are designed to aid the leaf to die slowly. To ensure the leaf continues to ferment, without deteriorating, the temperature and the humidity are kept under control. This process allows the leaf to be more robust with aromatic richness. Then with the aging process being done properly, the tobacco are sorted for use as a filler or wrapper, which is based upon appearance and overall quality. The leaves go through an aging process. Then after the aging process is complete, the leaf matures to the specifications of the manufacturer it is ready to be used in the production of a cigar.
Quality cigars are usually hand-made, where experienced cigar rollers are able to produce hundreds of good quality, almost identical, cigars on a daily basis. These rollers keep the tobacco moist, which includes the wrapper. Once rolled, the cigars are stored in wooden forms as they dry, in which, their uncapped ends are cut to a formal size.
The different Cao Cigars have fillers, wrappers, and binders originating in diverse areas:
• The Cao America combines Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and the Connecticut Shade wrappers with a unique designed pinstripe effect. It features a full-flavored, rich, and bold taste; that marks the legacy of our country. The tobacco grown and produced in the USA in the excellence of conditions preserving the authenticity of the cigar. The outward packaging is significantly designed to show the emblem and symbol of the USA.
• The Cao Brazilia. Brazil known for its sun that sets gently on Rio de Janeiro, above a towering statue of Christ. The air currents give way to those that enjoy the atmosphere. The people enjoy the beaches by swimming day and night. The finest Brazilian tobacco grows to be the product of Cao Brazilian cigar.
• The Cao Cameroon. It provides an escape to Africa. The cigar is filled and bound with rich, earthly Nicaraguan tobacco and wrapped with Grand One African Cameroon wrapper.
• The Cao Criollo. The seed of the tobacco used originated in Cuba and grown in Nicaragua. This produced a rich and sweet Nicaraguan tobacco. The previous seeds that were grown, when they grew into tobacco would grow mold. The new seed from Cuba is immune to disease keeping them robust and fresh. Therefore, the best qualities of cigars are produced.
The Cao cigars are unique and diverse in that they bring the highest quality in tobacco to the consumer. Bringing the finest cigar is the goal of Cao cigars.
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