The Resurgence of CAO Amazon Basin: A Dive into the Rare Bragança Tobacco and the Art of Meticulous Craftsmanship in Cigar Making
CAO Amazon Basin, a popular offering from General Cigar Co., is making a comeback and is now hitting stores once again.
The latest batch of CAO Amazon Basin, the first to be shipped since January 2022, is currently on its way to retailers. Maintaining the tradition of its predecessors, this release features a 6 x 52 toro with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and fillers sourced from Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. The standout element of the blend is the Brazilian filler, specifically the rare Bragança tobacco, which can only be harvested every three years. The unique cultivation process involves spacing the tobacco plants further apart than usual, akin to a full yard. After harvesting, the leaves are rolled into tubes known as carottes and aged for six months. Following this meticulous process, the tobacco is transported out of the rainforest via canoes.
It’s worth noting that the original 2014 release described the filler as a combination of Brazilian and Nicaraguan tobacco.
For the 2024 release, the manufacturer has set the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at $14.29 per cigar, a slight increase from the $12.99 price tag in 2022. While the exact quantity of cigars in this shipment has not been disclosed, General Cigar Co. mentioned that it is “slightly less” than the 6,000 boxes of 18 cigars shipped in 2022. The packaging remains consistent with coiled tobacco in place of a standard paper band, and the rustic design of the boxes is intentionally maintained.
Ed Lahmann, Senior Brand Manager for CAO, expressed excitement about reintroducing the special blend, emphasizing the scarcity of the tobacco and the meticulous care it demands. He advises CAO enthusiasts to seize the opportunity to obtain CAO Amazon Basin when they come across it.
The CAO Amazon Basin line has also spawned other releases, including CAO Amazon Fumo em Corda, CAO Amazon Anaconda, and CAO Orellana. All these cigars are crafted at STG Estelí in Nicaragua.
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