For the second year in a row, the CAO brand from General Cigar Company will be a part of the TAA Exclusive Series. At this year’s Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) conference that took place in Casa de Campo from March 17 to March 21, General Cigar announced the CAO Brazilia Select would be a part of the 2019 TAA Exclusive Series.
While CAO Brazilia is known for its Brazilian Araprica wrapper, the CAO Brazilia Select uses a Connecticut Habano wrapper instead. The Brazilian tobacco is used for the binder and there is a mix of Honduran, Dominican, and Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler. The CAO Brazilia Select comes in one size – a 6 1/2 x 60 Gordo.
General Cigar has used the Connecticut Habano wrapper before on a CAO Brazilia. Back in 2013, there was a limited release known as the CAO Brazilia Carnivale.
Typically TAA Exclusive Cigars are unveiled at the annual convention and made available to the approximately 80 retail members. The members come together at the annual convention and collectively make high volume purchases on cigars in exchange for exclusive promotions and pricing.
While other companies are expected to make TAA releases, very few make formal announcements on the products being offered to the TAA. The TAA also does not make formal announcements. The CAO Brazilia Select joins Crowned Heads’ The Angel’s Anvil 2019, Eiroa Jamastran, E.P. Carrillo La Historia 656, La Palina Silver Label, Nat Sherman Timeless Limited Edition TAA Exclusive, Don Pepin Garcia Original TAA Exclusive Limited Edition 2019, Brick House Ciento Por Ciento, AJ Fernandez New World Redondo, and Tatuaje TAA 51st as TAA releases Cigar Coop has been able to confirm thus far.