Last year, General Cigar Co. released the CAO Angry Santa and Evil Snowman, two extensions to the brand’s La Traviata line with a Christmas theme. For General, it was a huge success sales-wise and as such, the company made the decision to continue to do small batch holiday-themed releases. With Christmas once again around the corner, there’s another pair of limited edition CAOs set for release.

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Next month, the company will ship the CAO Gold Nasty Nutcracker and Mx2 Rabid Reindeer. Both cigars measure 6 1/2 x 52, are limited to 2,000 boxes of 14, priced at $8 per cigar and modified takes on the original blend. For Nasty Nutcracker, the company has tweaked the wrapper, filler and binder in order to create a spicier version of the cigar, while the Mx2 Rabid Reindeer receives Honduran and Nicaraguan ligeros to add to the strength.

In July, the company released Sinister Sam, a modified version of the CAO America made for the July 4 holiday. All five cigars in the series have been 6 1/2 x 52 toros packaged in boxes of 14. Once again, the artwork is big, bold and dark.

The Nasty Nutcracker and Rabid Reindeer are made at STG Estelí in Nicaragua.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.