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By Patrick Lagreid @phxcigarguy · On September 17, 2015
While researching tobaccos and techniques for the newest addition to the CAO Classic Series, the brand’s blending team—headed by Agustin Garcia and Rick Rodriguez—came across a fermentation technique from 19th century Cuba that they become so intrigued with, they decided to not only use it but to name the line for it.

The CAO Pilón draws from the common name for large piles of tobacco undergoing fermentation, and while modern day pilónes can reach 20-feet long, 10 feet wide and four to six feet high, pilónes of yesteryear were much smaller, and in this case, round.

This differing style of processing has its plusses an minuses, of course: while the process takes longer because the smaller pile generates less heat, the longer time is said to result in a greater reduction of ammonia and sugar content to the leaf, both of which improves burning and combustibility, according to General Cigar Co., which owns the CAO brand.

In a statement issued during this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, where the cigar was released, Rodriguez said that the team had been experimenting with this style of fermentation for several years, adding that while this is the first CAO project to use it, it won’t be the last.

The CAO Pilón comes in three sizes: Corona (5 1/2 x 44, $6), Robusto (5 x 52, $6.50) and Churchill (7 x 48, $7.25), each coming in 20-count boxes.

CAO Pilon Robusto 1

Cigar Reviewed: CAO Pilón Robusto
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: STG Estelí
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 Inches
Ring Gauge: 52
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $6.50 (Boxes of 20, $130)
Release Date: August 2015

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  1. The pilón is my favorite blend from CAO next to the moontrance. Always buy them in a robusto usually around $5 at the local B&M. It's definitely in my rotation of go to's.


  3. I had the Churchill great smoke except a firm draw as you mentioned very good flavors also looosed up a bit at the final third

    Great review as usual brother LeeMack thank you again.

  4. Just sat down with same stick and you;) NAILED IT. Tight draw, i clover cut and helped… retro smooth. Construction was good overall as you mentioned…. nothing to write home about in the taste department but wasn’t a bad cigar….good review my BOTL…… and YES, JUST DO IT!,,

  5. Amen
    We all have problems and addictions!

  6. Brother LeeMack.  I have a question for you.  When smoking a cigar I get the urge of spitting very often.  Am I doing something wrong?  Thanks in advance

  7. Great review mon ami 😉

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  12. Looks awesome Lee! Cheers!

  13. $2.50?!?!? They start at $5.75 at my B&M

  14. Good man leemack! 🤜💥🤛 Thanks for the follow on insta @cigar_rings

  15. I've smoked a couple of pilons that same size. Both were hard draws and something about the taste I could never finsh them.

  16. CAO has some great offerings for the price like CAO Gold and the MX2 while others seem like weird science experiments. This one seems to be one of those.

  17. Smoking a CAO flathead today! 😙💨💨💨💨 However, my to favorite CAO's by far are the Brizilia and the Italia. This flathead is pretty tasty though. I may have to give the Pillion a try. Keep the reviews coming.

  18. Hey leemack, I'm smoking this new AJ New World Puro Especial (it's a broadleaf). I know you're gonna like this one! 💨💨💨💨

  19. Spending the day in the house waiting out the storm from hurricane Harvey, lots of wind and rain.

  20. Smoked one yesterday at missionpipes San Jose Ca🇺🇸

  21. Today is a great day for real kids left with the grandparents for the day lol get some cigar smoking time in peace

  22. I enjoy the Pilon, always rest them for 60 days in humidor before smoking. It will greatly improve for you. Had one this morning with coffee. Be well Leemack

  23. These are ok. Had a couple. Not great or anything.

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