General Cigar’s CAO BX3 is loaded with Brazilian tobacco


That’s three times the Brazilian tobacco, as General Cigar will launch a new CAD range with wrapper, binder and filler from Brazil. Called CAO BX3, the new line in three sizes is expected to hit retailers during the first week of July.

Although Brazilian, this cigar is not a Brazilian purebecause it also contains tobacco from other countries.

“The easiest thing to do would have been to make a Brazilian puro,” said CAD senior brand manager Ed Lahmann. “Our mixing team went that route, and it felt like we were just dialing in. So they continued, spicing up Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican tobaccos in the right proportions to add character, dimension and layers to the smoke. ”

The Mata Fina cape covers an Arapiraca binder. And while there’s Brazilian tobacco in the load as well, General didn’t disclose the proportions or seed types, but said this cigar was blended to be medium-bodied.

Made in Nicaragua at the STG Estelí factory, where most CAO cigars are produced, the CAO BX3 is available in three sizes: Robusto, measuring 5 inches by 52 rings; Toro at 6 by 54; and a Gordo 6 by 60. They retail for $8.99, $9.49, and $10.49, respectively, and are packaged in boxes of 20.


Long-time fans of CAD cigars may remember the CAD MX2, a cigar made with a wrapper and maduro, or “maduro times two” binding. The CAO CX2 followed the same concept, only with Cameroonian tobacco.

For a vertical tasting of the CAD BX3 brand, see an upcoming issue of Cigar initiate.


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