The year 1998 was a tremendous one for CAO. The company was celebrating its 30th anniversary and released several new blends to commemorate the occasion. I don’t think anyone knew the impact these blends would have on the company, or for that matter the cigar industry as a whole. That year, CAO released the CAO Maduro, which has gone on to be considered one of the finest maduro cigars ever made. It contains a delicious blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos for its filler and the binder. The wrapper of choice is a dark and oily Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf. It has notes of coffee, espresso, cocoa, and a slight sweet spice. The cigar was voted eighth best in the world the year it came out by Cigar Aficionado. What are you waiting for? Go try some of this dark deliciousness.