Date: August 2019
Author: Inspector Z

CAO’s Rick Rodriguez in Kuala Lumpur. The master blender for CAO is doing an event at Cigars Lounge at the Publika Shopping Gallery on September 10th. He will be there from 6 pm till 9 pm, telling all about the CAO brand. From the blending to the packaging. From the raw tobacco to the finished product. And he’s telling it in his entertaining style. A must-go-to event if you’re in Kuala Lumpur.

Tickets are available via the Cigars Lounge, on their website. A ticket is 150 Malaysian Ringgit and includes two CAO cigars, some drinks, and light refreshments. And the shop offers a 50 Ringgit cashback on product purchases that night.

Rick Rodriguez

The first job in the cigar industry was being a sales rep for General Cigars. And not just a sales rep. Rodriguez was the number one rep for the company. And got promoted by Edgar Cullman Sr himself. Cullman was the president of General Cigars, who hand-picked Rodriguez to become a blender. The company needed young blood.

So the sales days were over and training began. And training was intensive. But Rodriguez had some of the best teachers any tobacco lover can imagine. He got to learn from the best. From legendary people such as Daniel Nunez, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Benji Menendez. He spent months and months on the farms and in the factories. Not just in the Dominican Republic, but also in Honduras, and Nicaragua. And he absorbed all the knowledge he could get.

The first job as a blender was for La Gloria Cubana. Rodriguez was part of the 3 man Team La Gloria. And he created the two-tone Artesanos. Team La Gloria wasn’t long-lived. After just 18 months, Rodriguez was transferred to CAO and became the blender and the face of the brand. And it wouldn’t surprise us if CAO is now the best performing brand under the General Cigars flag. Their creativity puts all the other brands in the shade. And now CAO’s Rick Rodriguez is coming to Kuala Lumpur for an event. Don’t miss it.

Ministry of Cigars CAO’s Rick Rodriguez in Kuala Lumpur
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