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Ashes to Ashes: An Interview with Rick Rodriguez of CAO

Ashes to Ashes: An Interview with Rick Rodriguez of CAO

CigarAdvisor interviews CAO's Master Blender, Rick Rodriguez, who describes how he wound-up working in the cigar business. Starting in sales as the territory sales manager for North and Central Florida, Rick learned the tools of the trade from some of the most highly respected and innovative tobacco men including, the late Edward Cullman Jr., Daniel Nuñez, Edwin Guevera, and Benji Menendez, to name but a few.
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Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Back in the 1970s and 80s, cigar smoking was something your grandfather did. But then seemingly overnight, the "face of the industry" literally changed. And yet while the image of cigar smokers was changing drastically, the sheer number of cigars being imported and sold was even more mind-boggling. And then, almost overnight, the boom was over. The fascinating thing about operating in a business boom cycle is that you are constantly kidding yourself about how long it will last. But in this cycle lay the seeds for a real cigar market that would take us into the 21st century.
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Cigar Factory Tours You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Taken The Journey

Cigar Factory Tours You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Taken The Journey

Cigars might be a big part of your everyday lifestyle, but for-shame on you if you have never visited a cigar producing nation and taken an official cigar factory tour. You may "think" you know all about your favorite pastime, but until you have walked the fields and factory floors, then consider yourself a mere tobacco virgin. Here we take a look at some of the top cigar manufacturers who offer the chance of a lifetime to "walk the walk", giving you the up close and personal, first-hand experience to see, touch, taste, and smell the real-life goings in a cigar company.
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Corojo Wrapper Leaf: Then & Now

Corojo Wrapper Leaf: Then & Now

Sought for its robust flavor and complexity, the Corojo leaf was developed during the 1930's by Diego Rodriguez in Cuba's famed Vuelta Abajo tobacco-growing region. Using selective breeding, Rodriguez created the Corojo seed from the Criollo seed. This month we take a closer look at the origins of this flavorful leaf whose name comes from the Santa Ines del Corojo Vega, a.k.a. the "El Corojo" plantation, not far from the town of San Luis y Martinez in Pinar del Rio.
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