At the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, General Cigars introduced a new offering under its CAO brand called CAO Session.

CAO Master Blender Rick Rodriguez was inspired to create CAO Session from spending time smoking cigars in his “man cave” in his garage. He was looking to create an everyday cigar that could be something special.

To create this cigar, Rodriguez went to the Dominican Republic. He teamed up with his former Team La Gloria colleague Yuri Guillen, who serves as the factory manager for General Cigar Dominicana. It’s the first CAO cigar created in the Dominican Republic in over a decade – with the last one being the CAO Vision.

The blend for CAO Session features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a Dominican binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. It’s available in three sizes each presented in 20-count boxes. Shipping to retailers has already begun.

At a glance, here is a look at the CAO Session:

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana

Vitolas Offered

Garage: 5 1/4 x 55 (SRP $8.59)
Bar: 6 x 49 (SRP $8.99)
Shop: 6 x 60 (SRP $9.59)

Bear Duplisea contributed content to this report.

Photo Credits: Cigar Coop