|CAO Cigars was acquired by STG (Scandinavian Tobacco) in 2007 and is now one of General Cigar’s many holdings. There was much
speculation about what would happen to the brand after its acquisition, particularly since the company had such a large presence in the
marketplace. Not many cigar makers have a “lifestyle director,” but CAO did, and it showed. As just another species swimming in the
sea of General Cigar it could be expected that the brand would now assume a lower profile, and to some extent it has.
But the brand continues to evolve, and the latest creation to crawl from the surf is this one, the OSA Sol.
OSA stands for Olancho San Agustin. The departament of Olancho is the largest in Honduras (larger than the country of El Salvador,
actually) and lies to the northeast of Danli, the capital of cigar production in Honduras. There is an interesting saying about Olancho:
“Entre si quiere, salga si puede” (Enter if you wish, leave if you can.)
The San Agustin valley is not on any map I can find, but if the coordinates that are printed on the OSA band are correct, it’s just across
the El Paraiso border. Hopefully that makes it easier to leave. It is located in extremely remote location. No surprises there.
General uses a wrapper from the same region on their Punch Gran Puro, one of my favorite General smokes, and also on the Partagas
Spanish Rosado. The OSA blend is quite different from those, but it is designed to “highlight the nuances” of this particular wrapper.
The binder is Connecticut broadleaf, and the filler is a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. 3 sizes are available and the come
in nice white boxes of 25's.
|Handmade in Olancho San Agustin (Honduras)
Wrapper: Olancho San Agustin (Honduras)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran
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