CAO has announced a new cigar in their Arcana Series: Firewalker. The Arcana Firewalker follows the Arcana Mortal Coil released last year. The series focuses on old-world processing methods and a limited run. Firewalker was inspired by the Chincagre method of aging and will come in one vitola a 6.5 x 56 toro.
Chincagre is a process of primary aging used by local tobacco farmers in Western Nicaragua. The tobacco comes from, and is aged in the Masatepe of Nicaragua where the tobacco is placed into a pilón that is buried deep in the volcanic soil. The subterranean conditions allow the tobacco to ferment naturally, locking in an inherently sweet and aromatic quality. After two months, the Chincagre process is complete, and the pilón is then transferred to the factory for nine months of secondary fermentation.
The Arcana series is an opportunity for us to unite CAO fans with rare tobacco methods they might not otherwise learn about on their own. This is our way of sparking conversation about what it takes to make a great cigar. We hope it also speaks volumes about our passion for tobacco and the lengths we’ll go to deliver exciting cigars to our fans.
The blend uses an Ecuadoran Habano Rosado, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. The CAO Arcana Firewalker is described as a medium-plus-bodied cigar. It will sell for $11.99 a cigar and comes in 20 count boxes. Only 5,000 boxes were made and will on be sold in the U.S. It is rolled at American Caribbean Cigars in Nicaragua and ships to retailers the week of February 1, 2022.