Giveaways Galore! The Pre-Release CAO America And More!

The CAO AmericaMan, where does the time go. I can’t believe it’s already been another week. Frequent visitors to my blog will have noticed it’s been unusually quiet this week, will probably be a little concerned about my health. Have no fear, I’m as healthy as an ox, in roughly the same shape, and probably nearly as rational. I’ve just been making my noise and mess on some other blogs. That and working two jobs. I know, I know, the world’s smallest violin is playing just for me.

Here’s what I’ve been up to. Earlier this week, I reviewed the Joya De Nicaragua Celebracion Consul for my buddy Stinkie on CigarBeat. I don’t wanna spoil it for you, but a nearly impervious draw kinda spoiled it for me. And then on the Stogie Review, I continued my video boycott with a text and photo-heavy review of the pre-release CAO America Potomac. Judging by the overwhelmingly positive response to the review, it’s definitely one you want to check out. But be sure to come back here, because you’re gonna want in what’s coming up a bit later in this post. And of course, these reviews will be added to my cigar review index to make sure they’re always easy to track down.

If you’re in the Atlanta area (or anywhere in the south with the desire for a cigar and a road trip), you should join me and a bunch of the guys from the area and the CigarLive forum for the herf at Blue Havana II in Alpharetta, GA. (It looks like his site might be down at the moment, but it’s there! [UPDATE: Link updated!]) It’s happening this Saturday starting at 6:00pm and going until Jim gets tired of all of us and kicks us out of his shop! For more information, check out the official thread on CigarLive. I’ll be there, and if you’re really nice (we’re talking serious brown-nosing, here) I might let you have one of my Gran Habano Corojo #5’s. Trust me, it’s worth that dirty feeling you’ll have inside. πŸ˜‰

To get things humming again on this blog, I’m starting up another giveaway contest! The last one was so much fun (and generated so much traffic, I won’t kid ya), that I’ve decided to do it again. But this time, I’m giving away two (2, count ’em, 2) pre-release CAO America Potomacs!

Why do I keep mentioning “pre-release”, you ask? The reason is that it’s been pointed out to me by one of my CAO friends that these won’t be available for around 2 months! That doesn’t mean they’re still rollin’ ’em like mad (though they might be), it means that the supply is sitting in a warehouse getting some age, which is generally a good thing.

The CAO America Potomac Giveaway rules:

  1. You are allowed two entries to this giveaway. Please note you must be 18 or older to enter. (Sorry, I don’t make the laws, I just try to follow them!)
  2. Your first entry is commenting on this post. Please include the text in your comment β€œI am 18 or older.”
  3. You may enter a second time by posting a link to this contest on your blog that pingback/trackbacks to this post.
  4. The winner will be drawn on September 2nd, 2007. (Or shortly after. Or whenever entries slow down enough that making everyone wait becomes a pointless exercise. Totally my discretion here.)

Oh but wait, I’m not finished yet. Well, I am, but Stinkie over at CigarBeat isn’t! He’s got two (again, count ’em, 2) giveaways running on his cigar blog and forum. So this week, you’ve got an excellent chance to really cash in on the generosity of the Brothers of the Leaf (BOTL for short).

Stinkie’s Giveaways

[UPDATE: And now Cigar Jack is in the action, and he’s giving away not one, not two, but six (6!) Arganese cigars to some undisclosed number of lucky commenters! Head over now, and enter, the odds are great!]

Best of luck!

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  1. Scott Janovsky said,

    August 17, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    GREAT idea for as contest! I’m over 18, btw (WELL OVER! LOL)
    Nice Blog, dude. I like it.

  2. John51277 said,

    August 17, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Hey guys, I was just referred to this blog from CigarLive and am working my way around here a little bit. Looks like a pretty nice place, I will be visiting more often, I am over 18 yrs of age! I would love to try one of the Americas. Keep up the great work and long ashes to ya!!


  3. Jon said,

    August 17, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I’m 18 or older.

    Great contest. I can’t wait to try one of these.

  4. Scott Johnson (Slow Triathlete) said,

    August 17, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Brian,

    Just commenting on the contest on Cigar Live. And yes, I am way past 18!!

    (Slow Triathlete)

  5. Scott Johnson (Slow Triathlete) said,

    August 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I also like the placement of the cigar on the rug. The design on the rug makes it look like the cigar has bug legs!!

  6. Brian said,

    August 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for the entries guys! Keep ’em comin’ people!

    Scott, good catch! I do that intentionally, but not so much for a bug effect. It adds a nice little flourish to most cigars and makes for an interesting picture!

  7. August 17, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I’m over 18 AND I was in ATL last weekend!

  8. Marlboro Cigars said,

    August 17, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Love the blog; keep up the great work.

    I’m 18 or older.

  9. Mike Philippovic (mphilipp) said,

    August 17, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Damn! Over a week since the RTDA and I need a fix. Nice meeting you at Slainte’s (however brief). I will miss the herf in Atlanta. I am over 18 and would love to taste a prerelease.

  10. Tony McAnally (Turk10mm) said,

    August 17, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Saw your post up on CL. I’m over 18. Tahnks for the chance!

  11. ER Doc said,

    August 17, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    I would most certainly love to try a CAO America! I am over 18 years of age. Thanks, Brian!!!

  12. ReV said,

    August 17, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I am 18 or older and i’m commenting on your blog from CigarLive… thanks for the contest.

  13. Charles said,

    August 17, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    I am 18 or older. I read your review on and ran into your post on CigarLive. Keeping my fingers crossed. =)

  14. Hutch said,

    August 17, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Enjoy reading the site. Keep up the good work!

    -Another CL Member!

  15. Carl Holtman said,

    August 17, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Great review and thanks for the shot at winning one.

    I am 18 or older.


  16. Joe said,

    August 17, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Man, you and these post-whoring contests. Too bad I need in, as at one point my life will slow down enought to actually savor a cigar.

    Almost twice the legal smoking limit, thankyouverymuch.


  17. Michael Smet said,

    August 17, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Oh, this GiveAway idea is awesome! I enjoy your blogs, and these always just add on top of that. Keep up the awesome work

    I am 18 or older.

  18. Roger PAtterson said,

    August 17, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    very coooool

  19. Don Watson said,

    August 17, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Cool contest; I am really looking forward to trying these new cigars. Hopefully I’ll win. I am definitely over 18.

  20. Jim Euritt said,

    August 17, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    β€œI am 18 or older.”

    GoinFerSmoke… I think I entered on time this go round!

  21. Mynameis said,

    August 17, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    “I am 18 or older.”

  22. Dave B said,

    August 18, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Great review on the Stogie Review site. I am 18 or older and love everything by CAO. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these.

  23. Brian said,

    August 18, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks everyone, keep ’em comin’!

    @Joe: I know, I’m such a cigar contest whore! LOL! Fortunately, my shower is nice and hot, so I feel clean again at the end of the day! πŸ™‚

  24. August 18, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    […] Brian, yes him again, is giving away a CAO America. […]

  25. James F said,

    August 18, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    i’m over 18! and great work with your written reviews over at the stogie review

  26. August 19, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    […] July 30th, 2007 at 1:19 pm (Atlanta, Off Beat, Charity, Cigars, Reviews, News) [UPDATE: This contest is closed, but a new cigar giveaway contest is now open here!] […]

  27. ScottR said,

    August 19, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Brilliant marketing Brian. Absolutely brillinat.

    I saw the bag of sample stogies my tobacconist brought back from the RTDA………..makes me want to ask if I can be his caddy next year πŸ˜‰ LOL

    Over 18…….I remember when I didn’t have to go out for milk because it was going to be delievered fesh the next morning! Yikes…..

  28. hoperemains said,

    August 19, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Yes, I am 18 or over. I’ve smoked the Potomac myself and while it wasnt what I expected, it was pretty good. Looking forward to them showing up in bulk in the cigar shops. Oh yeah, enter me in the giveaway baby!

  29. Qtrtoo8 said,

    August 20, 2007 at 2:04 am

    Over 18 Love CAO’s never tried the america and am dieing to do so.

  30. Justin said,

    August 20, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I have been 18 once already.

  31. Michael "Gonzo" Gonzalez said,

    August 20, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    I am over 18 (A couple of times over) Tried the Mx2 adn enjooyed it immediately out of the box….waited 60 days and WOW! Love the CAO cigars.

    Michael (From old Ybor City) Gonzalez

  32. genettim (Mike Genetti) said,

    August 21, 2007 at 6:43 am

    I’m over 18, and I’d love to be the first guy over here in the sandbox to get my grubby little paws on one of these! (and yes, I am shameless). Great review on CigarLive, can’t wait to try one myself!

  33. thegraduate (rory) said,

    August 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

    i am over 18…woooo hooo. now where am i?

  34. Steven Brown said,

    August 21, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I am over 18.

    Great Contest. I’ve been dying to try one of these!

  35. Brian said,

    August 21, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the entries guys! Keep ’em coming people: The contest is NOT over yet!

    @Rory: You’ve stumbled into my blog, probably from CigarLive! πŸ™‚

    @ScottR: Thanks! Those are some pretty snazzy t-shirts you have there. If you don’t win, maybe we can arrange a trade…

  36. Brent said,

    August 21, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I’m over 18 and I have been drooling over the CAO America

  37. Joe - 'Havana Joe' said,

    August 21, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Hey Brian:

    I saw your post on CigarLive and this is a cool contest. Thanks for offering up the smoke πŸ™‚ BTW I am over 18 years old….26 to be exact…

  38. matt said,

    August 21, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I am over 18 years old

    saw the post over at cigar live and thought i would drop by. great blog.

  39. John Crane said,

    August 21, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Once again, I cruise on over to your blog to find another giveaway contest. How generous! I’m in (once again) being over 18. Let’s go lucky number 39!

  40. Benjamin Blickhan said,

    August 21, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    this is a very nice review, although i am not sure about the popularity of the new CAO, i’m sure enthusiasts will want a taste as soon as possible. you should have a taste-off between some of the different CAO models!
    and yes i am over 18.


  41. John said,

    August 22, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I am 18 or older.

  42. Craig S. said,

    August 22, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Keep up the good work …

    “I am 18 or older.”, much older.

  43. David Allen said,

    August 22, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    I am over 18
    and loving it.
    I promise to smoke the cigar down to the nib.

  44. Matt George said,

    August 22, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    I am over 18 years old.

    Great review. Although, i’m a little suspect of this particular cigar with it’s Patriotic theme (seems kind gimmicky), but hey a free smoke is a free smoke, so count me in!

  45. Joe said,

    August 22, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    I am over 18 years old, and i’ve been dieing to try a CAO America!!!!

  46. Brian said,

    August 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the entries guys, we still have over a week to go, so keep those comments and trackbacks/pingbacks comin’!

  47. Rolland Kirby said,

    August 26, 2007 at 12:19 am

    I`m just over 18, and new to cigars, so a free one would be greatly appreciated! Fingers crossed! BTW, I`m from south ga. Around the Tifton/ Albany area!

  48. James B. said,

    August 26, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    “I am 18 or older.” Great review of the Potomac, Hope to get a few boxes of these in October !

  49. Ceasar Montoya said,

    August 28, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    “I am 18 or older.” Contests are fun. Nice review, always lookin forward to a new release.

  50. John Sanzone said,

    August 29, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    What a great giveaway! I cant wait for these to be released. Anyone know when in October? β€œI am 18 or older.”

  51. Brian said,

    September 3, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for all the entries everyone! Sorry for the delay in the drawing, I’ve been busier than I expected, but I haven’t forgotten!

    The contest, of course is now CLOSED! Drawing to be announced soon! πŸ™‚

  52. September 4, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    […] pm (Cigars, Tests, News, Blogging) OK, OK, I’ve kept everybody waiting long enough. Though the contest officially ended this past Sunday, in the hustle to catch up with all the obligations I put on hold […]

  53. Brian Keele said,

    November 4, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Well,this sounds like a fantastic contest.CAO is one of my favorite cigars.I am well over 18 years of age,at 40.PLEASE PICK ME!!! LOL

  54. Brian said,

    November 5, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Sorry, the giveaway is long since over! But keep checking in, I’m likely to do this again! Thanks for the entry though!

  55. Imran said,

    May 29, 2008 at 11:10 am

    This is my first time here, awesome blog! Enter me in the contest! I am over 18!

  56. Brock Denson said,

    June 16, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I can’t wait to try one of these my uncle said he tried one when he was serving over seas, I am over 18!

  57. Troy said,

    June 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    This is my first time here, great blog! Enter me in the contest! I am over 18!

  58. Dean domogala said,

    July 1, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Great Idea. Political correct says,”Man that cigar stints, I don’t want to be around you”. I say,”EXACTLEY” πŸ™‚ Cough over a few my way. I am over 18.

  59. mike thomas said,

    August 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Man it looks good being a buisness man i call them as i see them. send me one i am ver 18

  60. Jeff said,

    September 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Is this thing still going on? I am over 18.

  61. stephen said,

    October 6, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    i am at least 18-years old. i love cigars

  62. Jeremy said,

    October 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    i am over 18 and probly to late to get anything

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