CAO Flathead 554

CAO Flathead

CAO Flathead

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: V554 Camshaft 5 ½ x 54

Price:  $7.25

Acquired: Provided courtesy of General Cigar.

The newest line to come out of the CAO factory and released at the 2013 IPCPR show was the new CAO Flathead series.  Inspiration for this line is drawn from cars, more specifically hot rods and engines.  Each cigar size is named after a different part, V642 Piston (6 1/2 x 42), V554 Camshaft (5 1/2 x 54), V660 Carb (6 x 60) and the giant V770 Big Block (7 x 70).  Being a known gear head, I was excited to see how these new sticks would be.

First off on the appearance level, you will be blown away.  The band, simply put, is old school cool.  Black and Chrome with the words “CAO” “Flathead” and the size, in my case, “554” are encompassed in the outline of an engine.  The cigar itself is box pressed and very dark, almost black in color with a slight oily sheen to it.  The wrapper also shows the slightest bit of toothiness to it.

Now the fun part, the flavor!  I smoked three of these in total, and the flavors have been spot on across the board.  When you first light the new CAO Flathead you are greeted by notes of cocoa, and a great creaminess that stays with you throughout the entire smoke.  About a quarter of the way in a faint leathery flavor appears.  During the retro hale I noticed some definite pepper notes as well.

Burn wise it did require a touch up or two with each cigar, nothing awful, more so to keep the burn even and on track.  The smoke was very interesting and was actually two toned, (and no I was not drinking.)  The outer smoke was blue in color with the inner being white almost brown.

Final thoughts, this is an excellent cigar overall.  I will mention that out of the three that I smoked, I did have slight issues while cutting.  The first one that I used a standard cut on was probably the best and had the least damage to the cap done.  The V-cut and the punch seemed to cause the most unraveling of the cap.  That being said, the flavor is there and highly enjoyable.  Buy it again?  I would.

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