Date: June 2022
Author: Billie

CAO is a famous cigar brand but many smokers don’t know the story behind it. The brand was founded by Caro Ozgener and the Ozgener family selling the brand led to the foundation of Crowned Heads. The brand was sold in 2007 to Henri Wintermans, and Wintermans became part of STG due to a merger in 2010. STG decided to move the CAO headquarters from Tennessee to Virginia. Some CAO executives, including Jon Huber, didn’t want to move and founded Crowned Heads. And now the circle is about to get complete again.

Tim Ozgener, the son of Caro, is returning to the cigar industry with the Ozgener Family Cigars Bosphorus which will be distributed by Crowned Heads. Ozgener is now also co-owner of Crowned Heads. It’s the first time in 12 years that the Ozgener family is back in the premium cigar business and it won’t stop with one blend.

“I still love cigars—and I found I appreciate them more and more,” says Ozgener. “Some of the most satisfying portions of my life were in the cigar business. I love the traditions.” He’s been working on the new project, he says, “for close to two years.”

The Bosphorus name is a nod to the family Turkish family roots but also reflects not only the cultural mix of that part of the world, but how cigars can unite people from different backgrounds. The cigars are made at Tabacalera Pichardo with a dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a binder from Ecuador and one from Nicaragua and Nicaraguan filler. There will be four sizes available ranging from a 4×50 to a 6½x54.

“People are always in a good mood when they light up a cigar—when people smoke a cigar they’re letting their guard down,” says Ozgener. We’re using the O and the Z as the primary symbol, the logo,” says Ozgener. The inside of the lid shows the brand logo for the new cigar, with the Statue of Liberty at the centre symbolizing his parent’s arrival in the United States from Turkey. There’s also a picture of Turkey’s Mount Ararat, as well as the faces of Ozgener’s parents.

 

 

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