Contained within General Cigar Company’s large collection of brands, CAO was the company’s primary focus for IPCPR 2018. This was evidenced by CAO utilizing the largest display in General’s setup, as well as the brand being the highlight of the IPCPR opening ceremonies dinner, hosted by parent company General Cigar Co.

See interview with CAO ambassador Rick Rodriguez below

Coming off the recent push towards limited blends (read: Amazon Trilogy), CAO returned its focus towards its core lineup in 2018, introducing the CAO Nicaragua. As CAO’s World Series is known to focus on exotic regions such as Colombia, Italy, and Brazil, among others, the Nicaragua is billed as a “tribute to the brand’s homeland.” This is because CAO cigars are most commonly rolled in Estelí at General Cigar’s STG Estelí factory.

CAO Nicaragua features a look on par with the other core-line cigars in the World Series, offering a primarily Nicaraguan blend that focuses on full flavor (counter to the country’s notoriously full strength attributes). The cigar makes use of an all-Nicaraguan filler (Jalapa, Estelí and Condega) and a Honduran binder and wrapper (both from the Jamastran Valley).

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Consumers can expect the cigars to begin making their way to retail any day now, debuting in three sizes and priced from $6.59 to $6.99.

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