0040 - Rick Rodriguez of CAO Cigars on blending, talking tobacco, and learning from Benji Menéndez

Rick Rodriguez dropped by Cigar Snob HQ for an interview. Rick is the blender and ambassador at CAO Cigars, the General Cigar brand known for products like Flathead and Pilón, among others. Unlike so many other blenders, Rick came into his role from the sales side of the business. We talked about how he got his start, what it was like learning to blend with a cigar legend, and what’s on the horizon for the CAO brand.

 Rick Rodriguez is the blender and ambassador for CAO Cigars.

Rick Rodriguez is the blender and ambassador for CAO Cigars.