General Cigar Co.’s exclusive release for members of the Tobacconists Association of America (TAA) this year is a CAO.

The CAO Brazilia Select is a 6 1/2 x 60 gordo extra that uses a Connecticut habano grueso wrapper over a Brazilian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. It is priced at $8.99 and limited to 1,000 boxes of 12 cigars.

“With a binder made from the original CAO Brazilia’s wrapper, the tobaccos create a smoke with sweet and nutty notes and a toasty finish,” says a statement from the company.

The TAA is a fairly small group of some of the country’s top tobacconists, about 80 retailers as well as 40 or so manufacturers. The association gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants.

It held its annual meeting this past week in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

A.J. FernándezCLE, Crowned HeadsE.P. Carrillo, J.C. Newman, La Flor DominicanaLa Palina, My FatherNat Sherman and Tatuaje  also announced TAA 2019 exclusive releases.

Charlie Minato

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