If you started smoking cigars less than 12 years ago, odds are you don’t know the Ozgener family name. That is, unless you know that C-A-O stands for Cano A. Ozgener, the late Ozgener family patriarch who founded CAO International. You could also say that CAO was the Original Ozgener Family Cigars brand. Sold to General Cigar Co. in 2010, Cano’s son and former CAO president for 16 years, Tim Ozgener, has returned to the business with Ozgener Family Cigars, which are released via a partnership with Crowned Heads Cigars.
“I left the cigar business 12 years ago,” said Tim. “However, my passion for cigars and my love for the true camaraderie of the business never left me.” Tabacalera Pichardo, makers of numerous top-rated Crowned Heads cigars, is the manufacturer for the Ozgener Family Cigars’ first two releases: the regular production Bosphorus and annual limited-edition Pi Synesthesia. Bosphorus comes from the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, the country from which Cano emigrated. Bosphorus is a full-flavored, four vitola line rolled in an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. Pi Synesthesia is a one-size vitola rolled in a Connecticut Shade wrapper from Ecuador. The name comes from an artwork series created by Cano Ozgener, a talented artist in his own rite who tapped the mathematical number-symbol pi for inspiration.
If you’re old enough to have smoked any of the pre-2010 CAO cigars, you know the care and dedication that went into them and the flavor that came out of them. If you’ve smoked cigars by Tabacalera Pichardo, then you’ve tasted the magic they’ve made for Crowned Heads. Put it all together, and you can only imagine what to expect from these Ozgener Family releases. Don’t hesitate to add any of these fine cigars from this highly respected cigar family to your next Famous order.