The long-popular “CAO Gold” blend of cigars has now joined the other benchmark premium cigars in Arango Cigar Co.’s Clasico series of private label brands. All Clasico brands are exclusive to Arango. They are sold only at brick and mortar shops, not through mail order or Internet sales.
CAO Gold Clasico is made by General Cigar Company using similar tobaccos, wrappers and binders as the regular-market CAO Gold. The box and bands bear the original CAO Gold artwork, with its iconic entwined “CAO” initials.
CAO Gold Clasico frontmarks, like those of the other Clasico lines, pay tribute to notable Chicagoland areas: Mag Mile (5-1/2 x 44), Windy City (5 x 50), Bucktown (6-1/8 x 52, Belicoso) and Gold Coast (6 x 60). The tobacco blends on all Clasico lines mirror those of the national brands they are patterned after. The cigars are presented in space-saving Spanish cedar boxes of 15 cellophane-wrapped cigars.
CAO Gold comes in Natural wrappers only, like all Clasico Series cigars. Its wrapper is a tawny Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade Leaf. Both the filler and binder are made of Nicaraguan tobaccos, entubado-bunched for even, plug-free smoking.
The original CAO Gold has received accolades since its 1996 debut. The cigars have a sleek appearance and a consistently smooth mild-to-medium body and creamy flavor. Reviewers have described CAO Gold as “the perfect everyday smoke.”
Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for Arango CAO Gold Clasicos ranges from $4.75 to $6.70. They are currently available nationwide.