Promotion Gives Fans a Chance to Choose New Blend 
VA—When their fans talk, the team at CAO listens. From now (April
3, 2012) through June 30, 2012, cigar smokers will have a chance to select an
upcoming CAO blend, as part of the brand’s “Last Stick Standing” promotion.
senior brand manager Ed McKenna explains, “Rick Rodriguez has been developing
blends with our team in Nicaragua and has come up with three which we think are
all great. So we’re calling on CAO fans to help us pick the blend that will ultimately
be launched as a new CAO collection, to be released late this year, or in early
special three-pack tin called the Last Stick Standing is now available for free
with the purchase of any six CAO cigars at participating cigar shops across the U.S. Each tin contains three
distinct blends, aptly named C, A and O. The cigars all measure 5 1/2” x 54,
which is what Rick Rodriguez considers to be the ideal size for allowing
consumers to truly evaluate each blend.
dedicated website ( will serve as a
virtual voting booth, allowing cigar smokers to rate each cigar on certain criteria, such as flavor, body,
construction and overall experience.
every rating submitted, consumers will be entered to win a box of the winning
CAO blend before it’s available for purchase, or the grand prize, an
all-expense paid trip for the winner and a guest to the CAO factory in
Nicaragua. Sharing entries on the Last Stick Standing Facebook page will
provide consumers with multiple entries to win.
Stick Standing, AKA “Judgment Day” events will be held at
select tobacco shops across the country, with special event-exclusive offers
featuring CAO OSA Sol “Lot T” (4 ½” x 50) and “Lot 46” (5 ¼” x 46 ) which will
be released later this year as the first new additions to CAO OSA Sol since its
debut last September. In addition, a handpicked group of preferred CAO
retailers will host guided Last Stick Standing tastings by Rick Rodriguez who
will share his insight on the three blends.

CAO Cigars
cigars are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., a division of Scandinavian
Tobacco Group, which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the
premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General
Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®,  La Gloria Cubana®, Punch®, CAO, Partagas®,
Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the
company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the
company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends.
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in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and also
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