As promised with CAO’s announcement of their Pan-Am Tour at the beginning of April, the company released details on a new limited release over the weekend. The CAO Pan-Am Tour is a virtual tour throughout the focal points of the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Mexico with the new CAO Zócalo.

The cigar is named for the main square in central Mexico City and, surprisingly, marks the first usage of Mexican tobacco from a CAO blend. Mexican San Andrés Morron has been wrapped over a Cameroon binder and an all-Nicaraguan filler for CAO Zócalo.

CAO Zócalo single cigar

Zócalo speaks to CAO’s spirit of going off the beaten path. We’ve never used Mexican tobacco in any of our blends, so we went bold by using a Mexican wrapper leaf. It’s a special Morron wrapper grown in the San Andrés Valley and it delivers a great, earthy flavor I know the CAO fans will love.CAO Master Blender Rick Rodriguez

Focusing on a Mexican theme, Zócalo is slated for a launch date of May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), with a limited batch of 3,500 boxes of 20 cigars in production. Only a singular size has been rolled, a 6″ x 60 gordo named “San Andrés,” priced at $8.49 MSRP.

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Zócalo marks the first action from the CAO Pan-Am Tour, which includes details on new blends throughout the process, as well as engaging activities such as a video game and sweepstakes—with prizes being awarded at the end of May, July, and September.

CAO Zócalo band artwork

CAO Zócalo Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morron
  • Binder: African Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: STG Estelí (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited Edition (3,500 boxes of 20 cigars)
  • Packaging: 20-ct Boxes
  • Vitola: 6″ × 60 “San Andrés” (Gordo)
  • Price: $169.80 (box) / $8.49 (single) (MSRP)
  • Release: May 5, 2018
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