If you were to list countries and regions that are generally associated with tobacco farming, Canada probably wouldn’t be ranked very high (if at all). But wouldn’t you know it, the mad blenders at CAO have created a cigar that incorporates true, Canadian-grown tobacco. Unfortunately, it will also be exclusively sold in The Great White North as well.
It should come as no surprise that the Canadian tobacco used in this blend is grown in the Southwest of Ontario, which is about as far south as Canada gets. The region’s humidity and temperate evenings result in some pretty accommodating conditions for tobacco farming. Who would’ve thought?
The cigar itself, named CAO Borealis, combines quality Nicaraguan tobacco with the Canadian Cuban-seed leaf that gives the blend its Canadian identity. This filler rests within a sturdy Nicaraguan binder and an Ecuadorian habano viso wrapper. The result (according to the company) is a medium-bodied stick with flavor notes ranging from spice to nuts to cocoa.
Sadly, folks won’t be able to pick this one up in the states. If you’re reading this in Canada, however, you’ll want to pick up a box of these beauties. The CAO Borealis will be available in Robusto and Toro sizes in 20-count boxes.