Tim Ozgener and his late father, Cano, sold their CAO cigar brand in 2007 to ST Group, launching Tim into another career, as he co-founded a performing and visual arts center in his native Nashville and set about being a major part of that city’s fabric. The center is located in CAO’s building and brings in major national and international talent.
But now he’s back to the cigar industry, joining with Crowned Heads, where he was an investor, to launch Ozgener Family Cigars, with a debut cigar, Bosphorus, that made the rounds at the Premium Cigar Association Trade show last week. The cigar is named for the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, which is part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia.
“I left the cigar business 12 years ago, however, my passion for cigars and my love for the true camaraderie of the business never left me,” Ozgener said in a press release.
Bosphorus is box pressed in four sizes with a double-binder from Ecuador (Connecticut) and Nicaragua, filler from Nicaragua, and finished with an Ecuadorian (Sumatra) wrapper. The brand also announced the limited edition Pi Synesthesia, a 6 x 52 parejo inspired by artwork created by Tim’s father. Pi Synesthesia will come in 12-count boxes with a global release of 2,500 boxes.