Not long after the calendar turns to August, the CAO Bones is expected to begin arriving on retail shelves.
According to a report by Cigar Aficionado, the blend uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Connecticut shade binder, and a filler blend of Nicaraguan tobacco of undisclosed varietal, along with Dominican piloto cubano and Honduran tobacco grown in the Jamastran and La Entrada regions. General Cigar Co. calls it a medium- to full-bodied blend. It is being made at the STG Estelí factory in Nicaragua and is said to be a regular production addition to the CAO portfolio.
The line gets its name from both dominoes and dice, and inside each box will be a set of dice. The inside of the lid is covered with felt so it could be used as a surface to roll dice in. As such, the four vitolas in the line draw their names from dominoes games:
- CAO Bones Chicken Foot (5 x 54)
- CAO Bones Blind Hughie (6 x 54)
- CAO Bones Matador (7 1/4 x 54)
- CAO Bones Maltese (6 x 60)
Each size is offered in 20-count boxes, and while specific pricing has not been announced, the line will reportedly range from $7.49 to $8.99 per cigar, before taxes. It is scheduled to ship on Aug. 4.
Update: A representative from General Cigar Co. confirmed the details and provided pictures.