CAO: Pilon Churchill

Product Number: 007-012-0231

The CAO Pilon inhabits a curious place, in that it's the first line, of an expected many to come from CAO, to use a certain technique, yet that technique itself is old, not new. That is, it's an old practice that has long been out of practice.

The technique is all in the pilones, the great stacks in which cigar leaf is fermented. Those stacks, you see, were once much less great; much smaller than cigar and cigar-leaf producers use today, which resulted in them generating less heat, and therefore following a significantly slower fermentation process. The trade-off however was leaf with superior burning qualities.

By returning to the old-style, smaller, round pilones, CAO seeks to reintroduce those qualities, and the Pilon is the vanguard of that reintroduction, following years of experimentation with the small-stack, slow-ferment technique of days past.


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  • Length: 7.00 in./177.80 mm.
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper Type: Habano
  • Wrapper Country: Ecuador
  • Filler Country: Nicaragua
  • Binder Country: Nicaragua
  • Package Type: Box
  • Make: Handmade
  • Box Pressed: Not Box Pressed
Customer Reviews (2 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.50 out of 5 stars
Outstanding Value
June 17, 2021
Product: CAO Pilon Churchill
The CAO: Pilon Churchill is a beautiful cigar for the price point. Many of the pleasures of a more pricy entrant, Rich, Creamy, Round Refined flavors of Cedar, Leather, Pepper, Coffee, Cocao in abundance. Very nice construction, cool even burning an... Read More
CAO - Pilo'n Churchill
December 22, 2015
Product: CAO Pilon Churchill
Very well constructed; Perfect draw (with a bullet punch); Cool, even burn producing lovely rich smoke; Very spicy, creamy, leathery and nutty. Although the spice is quite dominant, it is not overpowering and blends well with the other flavours. This... Read More
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