The CAO Estelí has begun to arrive in stores, a full four months early than originally announced.

When General Cigar Co., the parent of CAO, announced the new release last month, the company indicated it would begin shipping on Aug. 15. This week, multiple stores indicated they have taken delivery of the cigar.

The CAO Estelí is a 6 x 54 toro extra that uses a wrapper from Jalapa, Nicaragua, a binder from Honduras and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Production is limited to 1,500 boxes of 10 cigars with pricing set at $8.99 per cigar.

It is limited to the 80 or so stores which are Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) accounts.

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