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The CAO Amazon Basin, a limited edition cigar from 2014 which arguably has been one of the most sought after releases in the history of the brand has now made a return.


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The Amazon Basin blend incorporates a rare / low yield of tobacco called Brazilian Braganca. Back when we initially reported on the CAO Amazon Basin, we recapped why the Braganca tobacco is rare tobacco:

This cigar incorporates rare tobacco from a remote region of the Amazon rainforest known as Bragança. This tobacco is organically grown on unspoiled tropical land and harvested only once every three years. The seedlings are transplanted directly into the soil a full yard apart. As a result, this results in a small yield which is half of other tobacco plants. All of these factors lead to Bragança being a rare tobacco.

The harvested Bragança leaves are then rolled into tubes known as “carottes” where they undergo six months of fermentation. The tobacco is transported out of the Amazon via canoe. Eventually they are brought to the CAO factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.


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Because the Braganca leaf used in the CAO Amazon tobacco is low yield, this is not something CAO can offer on a regular basis.

In addition to Bragancia tobacco, the filler of the CAO Amazon Basin also contains Colombian and Dominican tobacco. The cigar also incorporates an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and Nicaraguan binder. The cigar is made in one size – a 6 x 52 Toro, available in ten count boxes. Specific production numbers were not disclosed.

At press time, numerous retailers have already reported the arrival of this cigar on shelves.