Rick Rodriguez

IPCPR 2018: General Cigar Co.

There are very few companies, if any, who will write the number of orders as General Cigar Co. The company’s brands include Macanudo, CAO, Diesel,…

CAO Nicaragua Debuts at IPCPR 2018

Earlier this year there was a CAO Estelí, now there’s a CAO Nicaragua. While the name is Nicaragua, the wrapper is actually from the Jamastran…

CAO Adds Mexico-Inspired Zócalo

For the first time in its history, CAO will be using Mexican wrapper on one of its cigars. It’s called the CAO Zócalo, a limited edition…

CAO Pilón Robusto

If you’ve dug into the process of making a cigar, you’ve undoubtedly heard the world pilón, the term for a pile of tobacco that is…

CAO Pilón Robusto

While researching tobaccos and techniques for the newest addition to the CAO Classic Series, the brand’s blending team—headed by Agustin Garcia and Rick Rodriguez—came across…

IPCPR 2015: General Cigar Co.

While it’s still one of the bigger booths on the trade show floor, the space that housed General Cigar Co. was noticeably smaller than it…

CAO America Sinister Sam

General Cigar Co. had a very successful launch this past winter. Rick Rodriguez, who is more or less the face of CAO, modified the CAO…

CAO Cyclone

For what many consumers might think of as a big, mainstream brand like CAO, it has been on a tear of releasing small batch, limited…

CAO’s Son of Uncle Sam Now Sinister Sam (Update)

The recently announced Son of Uncle Sam project from CAO is getting a new name, as Rick Rodriguez told halfwheel that the project will now…

CAO’s Area 9 Event Packs Dig Into the Vaults

CAO has added a new series of event-only cigar packs called Area 9, which come from the company’s aging rooms with up to two decades…

CAO Flathead Sparkplug Formally Announced

The smallest CAO Flathead is set to arrive in stores. At 4 1/2 x 50, the Flathead Sparkplug is small enough to receive its own…