I think this is a really cool way to select the next CAO blend. There is a promotion currently running where when you purchase six CAO cigars at your local retailer, you receive a tin containing three cigars. The idea is to smoke the three cigars and go to the CAO Website and vote for your favorite of the three. The cigar with the most votes is the next CAO cigar. When I received the samples, I was asked to submit a video for inclusion on their website, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m not sure how it will go over, and I suppose I’ll do more in the future if it’s not utterly repulsive.
I smoked the three cigars over the course of four days. The cigars were banded with “C”, “A” and “O”. Since I’m borderline CDO (that’s OCD in alphabetical order, as it should be) I smoked them in order. I found that they were three distinctly different cigars, “C” was a leathery Honduran tasting cigar, “A” was a milder, sweeter, almost Dominican flavored cigar and “O” was a heavy Nicaraguan style. Obviously, these are just my opinions, I have no clue what the blend is on any of them. I kind of liked the “A” the best, I don’t know if it’s because I thought it was a little different from the other cigars in the CAO stable, or that it’s bright, almost citrus sweetness surprised and delighted me. Whatever my thoughts were, don’t miss the chance to have a say in the next CAO cigar, hunt down a Last Stick Standing tin and decide for yourself. I will say that all three cigars were perfectly constructed and smoked really well. Let me know what you think of the video!
I reported on this event last year, and they broke last year’s record this time. I always appreciate when those of us who are maligned for doing such socially unacceptable things as enjoying the occasional cigar do wonderful things for society. Here’s the press release:
G&G Golf Outing Raises $14,800 for Cancer Research
When long time friends and West Chester business partners, Pete Garzia and Doug Gianforte, both lost parents to cancer a few years ago they decided to do something to support cancer research. The men, owners of G&G Cigar Company, decided to hold a benefit golf tournament with all proceeds supporting Fox Chase Cancer Center’s research. The just concluded Third Annual G&G Golf Outing raised $14,800 for Fox Chase. This brings G& G’s total donations to over $57,000 to various charities the past 6 years with Fox Chase being the chief beneficiary. Doug’s mother was treated at Fox Chase for 2 years and Pete lost both parents to cancer. The partners, also well known members of the construction industry, rallied their friends, clients, business associates, and suppliers for a good time at Downingtown Golf Club for golf, lunch, dinner, prizes and a congenial cigar. The event has been sold out annually.
Another great job by Doug and company up at G&G Cigars in West Chester, PA!
Also, please join me in welcoming our newest advertiser, Smoke Inn. These folks have a bunch of retail stores inn Florida and a really great web store. I met Abe several years ago through a mutual friend, and he’s a heck of a guy. Give them a look when you get a chance, they have some awesome stuff!
That’s more than enough for now, until the next time,