Cigar Aficionado

C.A.O. Extends Contest

Cigar smokers have been given an extra month to submit their choices for the C.A.O. Last Stick Standing promotion. General Cigar Co., owner of the C.A.O. brand, originally designed the contest to run from April 1 to the end of June. Today the company extended the deadline to July 31.

Retail cigar shops have triangular tins called C.A.O. Last Stick Standing, available for free with the purchase of any six C.A.O. cigars. Each tin contains three cigars measuring 5 1/2 by 54, named C, A and O. Each is made with a different blend.

The plan is for cigar smokers to test smoke the trio and decide which they like best, choosing the final blend for a public release. Rating a cigar gives you the chance to win a box of the final blend before it goes on sale to the general public. One winner will receive a trip for two to the C.A.O. factory in Nicaragua.

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"Three great sticks. I prefer the 'O' which has a rich leathery and cedar draw with a citrus finish. CAO has done a great job with these sticks." —May 31, 2012 21:40 PM
"All three are excellent sticks. CAO hit one out of the park with all 3. The 'O' is the best with great depth. Leathery and woody with a note of citrus this cigar is fantastic from beginning to end." —May 31, 2012 21:26 PM