The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2005
C.A.O. The SopranosSM Edition Associate
"The Sopranos" is such a cigar-friendly TV show that it even has its own cigar. C.A.O. International Inc. signed a licensing deal with HBO to produce a cigar named for the gangster series. The cigars come in three shapes, each named after familiar elements of mob life. The Associate, which measures 5 by 52, is (fittingly) not a mild cigar, but a gutsy, flavorful smoke with coffee, dark berry and charred wood flavors. To truly show off the cigars in style, C.A.O. went all out with the box, which is modeled after a car trunk, right down to the glossy cherry red exterior. If you don't capisce the association between car trunk and mob life, perhaps this isn't the cigar for you.
MADE BY: C.A.O. Fabrica de Tabacos
FACTORY LOCATION: Honduras
FILLER: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep., Colombia
RING GAUGE: 52