CAO has resurrected one of its older labels for a new blend exclusive to Cigars International. Last week, the store took delivery of the CAO Extreme, a new full-bodied offering produced in four vitolas.

An Ecuadorian habano ligero sits over a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. As evidenced below, a large part of the store’s marketing of the cigar is the use of four different ligeros.

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Pricing ranges from $8.40 for the Extreme Robusto to $9.60 for the Extreme Belicoso, although if you purchase the cigars in five-packs or boxes, the price drops to the $5 per cigar range.

The CAO L’Anniversaire eXtreme was introduced in 2000 and originally made at Tabacalera Perdomo S.A. in Nicaragua. The cigar was sold nationally and when introduced, was described as a full-body offering. In early 2008, the company announced it would no longer be producing the cigar.

Cigars International, and its sister store, operate an online catalog cigar business, retail locations in Pennsylvania and a distribution company, Meier & Dutch. Cigars International is owned by STG Group, which also owns CAO.

(Image via Cigars International)

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