In January 2020, Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) announced they will be expanding the CAO lineup in European markets with the release of CAO Session.
“Some of the best times in my life happened over cigars in my garage in Tampa,” says CAO’s Rick Rodriguez. For his latest creation for CAO, Rick Rodriguez decided to create a cigar for everyday smoking occasions. Inspired by his early days of blending in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Rick started with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper from USA, selected a Dominican binder, and paired them with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. “I wasn’t going for a full-bodied cigar. I wanted Session to be a medium-bodied smoke with a great taste and a lot of complexity and I feel like I’ve hit the mark with Session.”
The sizes are named for places where Session is perhaps best enjoyed. Packed in bright orange boxes that hold 20 cigars each, the boxes and bands really give a bright contrast to the cigars. Different compared to the version introduced in USA is the sliding lid box construction. This change in construction makes sure that all markets in Europe can be delivered in the most effective way with regards to the application of the health warnings without losing any of its eye-catching character.
The available sizes in Europe are
- Garage: 54 x 133 – 5¼”
- Shop: 60 x 152 mm – 6″
In the US, there is one more size:
- Bar: 49 x 152 – 6″