CAO Nicaragua Debuts at IPCPR 2018


Earlier this year there was a CAO Estelí, now there’s a CAO Nicaragua.

While the name is Nicaragua, the wrapper is actually from the Jamastran Valley in neighboring in Honduras. Underneath that is a binder, also from the Jamastran Valley, and three Nicaraguan fillers: Condega, Estelí and Jalapa.


It’s offered in three sizes, all named after cities in Nicaragua.

  • CAO Nicaragua Tipitapa (4 7/8 x 50) — $6.79 (Boxes of 20, $135.80)
  • CAO Nicaragua Matagalpa (5 5/8 x 46) — $6.59 (Boxes of 20, $131.80)
  • CAO Nicaragua Granada (6 x 50) — $6.99 (Boxes of 20, $139.80)

“Nicaragua’s rich volcanic soils and ideal humidity, temperature and sunlight create the perfect growing conditions for tobacco,” said Rick Rodriguez, CAO’s master blender, in a press release. “For CAO Nicaragua, the team and I wanted to bring the essence of Nicaraguan tobacco to life in a way that only CAO can do. So we selected the blend starting with the filler, utilizing leaves representing three distinctive microclimates and three distinctive tastes.”

It is expected to ship in August.

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