CAO‘s new limited-edition series is “Arcana,” which it says features the secrets and traditions of old-world, multi-generational tobacco processing methods.
The first release in the CAO Arcana series is the “Mortal Coil,” a full-flavored medium bodied smoke wrapped in Connecticut broadleaf with a Connecticut shade binder and a blended filler with Dominican andullo, Honduran Jamastran, Nicaraguan Esteli and Dominican Piloto Cubano.
The Mortal Coil is a 6 1/8 x 50 cigar and will sell for $10.99 per stick, coming in 20-count boxes, with a limited run of 5,000 boxes for the U.S. market.
“With the Arcana series, as we did with Amazon Basin and its Bragança leaf, we are once again shining a light on original tobacco fermentation methods to bring excitement to the fans of CAO,” Rick Rodriguez, CAO’s blender/ambassador said in a statement.
The andullo leaf is uniquely cultivated, wrapped in handcrafted palm tree pods known as “yaguas” that are compressed with rope coiled around the pod. This old-world process of fermentation takes approximately two years and transforms the tobacco into rough, leathery-looking leaves with a characteristically thick texture and earthy sweetness.