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ITALIA becomes CAO’s ‘Eighth Wonder’ Cigar to Receive ‘Outstanding’ Rating

CAO Italia Novella Awarded ‘90’ Rating By Cigar Aficionado

Nashville, November 1, 2006: CAO, one of the world’s foremost premium cigar manufacturers, was awarded a ‘90’ (“OUTSTANDING”) rating for its CAO Italia Novella cigar in the December 2006 issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine, widely heralded as the ultimate authority on premium cigars.
This distinction marks the eighth different CAO brand cigar to receive a rating of ‘90’ or above, an almost unheard of achievement. CAO Italia follows in a line of CAO cigars that have achieved the benchmark “Outstanding” rating, including CAO Gold, Maduro, Cameroon, eXtreme, Criollo, Brazilia and CAO The SopranosSM Edition. “We’re very proud of this recognition,” commented CAO President Tim Ozgener. “The fact that this is our eighth different cigar in our CAO lineup to be recognized as ‘outstanding’ by Cigar Aficionado further reinforces our philosophy of ‘diversity in taste and consistency in excellence.’”
CAO Italia is available in four shapes: Novella (4 ½" x 46), Ciao (5" x 56), Gondola (6 ¼" x 54 torpedo), and Piazza (6" x 60). The Italian Habano seed filler is complimented by Nicaraguan tobacco grown in Jalapa and Peruvian tobacco, manufactured at CAO Fabrica de Tabacos in Danli, Honduras.
CAO International, Inc. is the producer of one of the country’s top lines of premium cigars, Meerschaum pipes and pipe tobaccos. Founded by Cano A. Ozgener in Nashville as a labor of love 38 years ago, today CAO products can be found on every continent in the world with the exception of Antarctica. CAO produces eight cigar lines that have all been rated ‘90’ (“OUTSTANDING”) or above by Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider.


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