May 2022

It’s called the CAO Borealis, a name that comes from the aurora borealis, a phenomenon more commonly referred to as the northern lights. Some of the filler comes from farmland in Ontario. According General Cigars the humidity and temperature allows tobacco grown near the great lakes are perfect to grow a special Cuban seed variety of dark air-cured tobacco.

The cigar also contains Nicaraguan filler and a Nicaraguan binder. The wrapper is Habano Viso from Ecuador. STG Estelí is the producer of the cigar. There are two sizes available, a 5×52 Robusto and a 6×54 Toro. It is a regular production line, not a limited edition.

“When you think of great tobacco growing regions, tropical climates and hot, humid growing seasons come to mind,” says Rick Rodriguez, CAO’s blender and ambassador, via a press release. “That’s of course true. With Borealis, we wanted our fans to experience something new, so we once again took an unconventional path. This time, we’re featuring Canadian tobacco and are delivering a blend that has an air of something different. It’s an experience that’s enjoyable and colours slightly out of the lines. A cigar you’ll want to talk about. And that’s exactly what we wanted to deliver.”

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