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) — $7.49 (Box of 20, $149.80)
  • CAO Bones Blind Hughie (6 x 54) — $7.99 (Box of 20, $159.80)
  • CAO Bones Matador (7 1/4 x 54) — $8.49 (Box of 20, $169.80)
  • CAO Bones Maltese (6 x 60) — $8.99 (Box of 20, $179.80)

CAO Bones is scheduled to ship on Aug. 4.

Update: A representative from General Cigar Co. confirmed the details and provided pictures.

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