CAO has become a benchmark by which a lot of other cigar brands are compared. Founded in 1968, the company has a reputation for creating innovating cigars that surprise and delight the aficionado. In 1998, for example, CAO released the L’Anniversaire to mark its 30th year in business. The anniversary edition was made with a Cameroon wrapper enveloping the Ecuadorian filler. Those who have smoked one of these are certain its one of the finest-flavored cigars they ever found.