April 2012

Last stick standing

Ever wish you could have a say in which blends your favorite cigar companies manufacture? With CAO’s “Last Stick Standing” promotion, we all get a chance! Ed McKenna, CAO’s senior brand manager, 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 2013.”

It gets even better; the Last Stick Standing promotion comes in a three-pack tin which you can receive for free when you buy any six CAO cigars at participating tobacconists. The three blends are currently referred to only as C, A and O, and each features a sleek, simplistic band with the applicable letter. Each measures 5 ½” x 54. Once you’ve tried out the prototype blends, you can log onto www.lss.caocigars.com and vote. The website allows you to provide ratings on different criteria so that you can really speak your mind. This will provide the company with valuable feedback which will help them to evaluate and improve their cigar blends based on flavor, construction and other factors.

Last stick standing

As if this wasn’t generous enough, you get entered into a drawing to win a box of the winning blend when you submit your rating. There is also a grand prize all-expenses paid vacation to Nicaragua; the grand prize winner will be able to visit and tour the CAO factory to learn all about the cigar production process. This is a very exciting opportunity for CAO fans and there are participating cigar shops all across the country offering the Last Stick Standing promotion. The cigars are available now, so check out the website and get involved in selecting the next CAO blend!

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