The CAO Arcana Firewalker, the second in the brand’s Arcana Series, has arrived and is bringing a historic way of aging tobacco to the modern humidor.
The Nicaraguan filler undergoes an aging process called chincagre, which General Cigar Co. refers to as “an archaic process of primary aging used by local tobacco farmers in Western Nicaragua.” Specifically, in the Masatepe region, where the filler is grown, the tobacco is placed in a large pile called a pilón and then buried deep in volcanic soil for two months. The company says that those conditions allow the tobacco to ferment naturally, locking in an inherently sweet and aromatic quality. Once that stage is completed, the pilón goes to the factory for a second round of fermentation that lasts nine months.
That tobacco then gets paired with an Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper and a Nicaraguan binder and is rolled in to a 6 1/2 x 56 toro gordo vitola. It is made at American Caribbean Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.