The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2006
C.A.O. Italia Novella
Italy is known for many great things, but cigar tobacco isn't one of them. So it was a bold move when the Ozgener family of C.A.O. International Inc. named a cigar brand for a land known for classic art, exquisite cuisine and stylish fashion. Other cigars have been made with Italian tobacco, but typically that use hasn't been publicized. Give the Ozgeners credit for striking new ground. The cigar, which also has Peruvian, Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos, is considerably strong, heavy on the red and black peppercorns and leather. The Noella measures 4 1/2 inches by 46 ring, and is a very affordable $4.35.