Former Owner Of CAO Debuting Brand Using Family Name
Tim Ozgener is back in the cigar industry with a new brand bearing his family name. The man who once owned and ran CAO alongside his father and sister is about to launch Ozgener Family Cigars Bosphorus. It’s his first blend in around 12 years, and the beginning of what he expects to be several cigars launched under the Ozgener name.
“I still love cigars—and I found I appreciate them more and more,” said Ozgener during a recent visit to the Cigar Aficionado offices in New York City. “Some of the most satisfying portions of my life were in the cigar business. I love the traditions.” He’s been working on the new project, he says, “for close to two years.”
Bosphorus will debut next week in Las Vegas at the PCA trade show. The brand has four sizes, each with a name reflecting the ring gauge. B-50 measures 4 inches long by 50 ring, B-52 is 5 by 52, B-54 is 6 1/2 by 54 and B-55 is 5 1/2 by 55. All are box-pressed parejos. “I like the box press, and how the flavor travels across your palate,” says Ozgener. “I like how it hits all points of your tongue.”