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Cigar Review – CAO Flathead 660

In this cigar review I smoke and review the CAO Flathead 660 by CAO and General Cigars.

About the cigar

Name & Size: CAO Flathead 660 (6×60 box press)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Habano Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Piloto, Cubano Ligero
Ratings: 93 and 2015 #3 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado
Construction:  The wrapper was flawless. The wrapper smooth, dark and oily. This cigar always feels good in my hand.

What does CAO say about the cigar?

Inspired by hot rods and pin-up girls, CAO Flathead is a box pressed collection that hits on all cylinders. Hand-shaped to deliver a striking flat top, the cigar features a brawny Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and a blend that’s heavy on Nicaraguan leaf. Its front marks are named for engine parts, but the tribute to muscle cars doesn’t end there. Flathead gives a nod to the muscle car engine, with a lid that’s easily removed and used as wall art. There’s also a collectible, pin-up girl flysheet that’s enclosed in the box.

What do I say about the cigar?

Initial Light / First Third: I was tasting coffee, cocoa, leather and had some sweetness but not a lot. The construction of the cigar was excellent, the burn mostly even.

Second Third: Getting sweetness, earth, leather, and chocolate. Construction is still good. The burn is even, no tunneling, mouse holes, canoeing. The cap is starting to fray just a bit, but it isn’t bad.

Final Third: Deep coffee or espresso flavor, earthiness, leather, not a lot of sweetness at this point. Construction is good, again no tunneling, mouse holes, canoeing, no touchups needed, but the cap is fraying towards the end of the smoke. I used a punch and with the boxpress, this usually happens to me.

Final Thoughts: This cigar is one of my favorite cigars of all time. When I travel, I will take make sure I have a few of these in my travel humidor. I love the box, I love the box press, I love how it tastes. This is not a back yard or golfing cigar. You will want to sit and take your time with this one. But it is well worth it.

I highly suggest you buy a box from your local tobacconist.

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Cigar Review – CAO Nicaragua

CAO Nicaragua

In this cigar review I smoke the CAO Nicaragua. This cigar is one of the new cigars from CAO as it was released at IPCPR in 2018. Since it’s release this cigar has become one of my favorite cigars. Read on to learn more about this fantastic cigar.

Name & Size: CAO Nicaragua Tipitapa (4.8 x 50)

Wrapper: Honduran (Jamastran)

Wrapper: Honduran (Jamastran)

Binder: Honduran (Jamastran)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Esteli and Condega)

Flavor Profile: CAO Nicaragua leans more toward pepper than spice and is balanced with medium-full flavors of nuts and toast.

Ratings & Awards: 91 by Cigars Aficionado


The cigar looks well made. No obvious blemishes on the wrapper. The cigar is smooth and not to hard when pinched. The burn was a bit uneven in the beginning but corrected itself. No tunneling, mouse holes, the cap stayed in tact very well.

Initial Light / First Third

On the first light I received lots of earth, leather, coffee, nuts, and pepper, with spice on the retrohale and dark chocolate on the finish. The only issue with the construction as the burn was a bit uneven, but not what I would call a canoe.

Second Third

Lots of earth, leather, nuts, pepper, with spice in the retrohale. Nice chocolate and butter on the finish.

Final Third:

The cigar has been consistent with the same flavors or earthiness, leather, nuts, and pepper. With spice on the retrohale, and chocolate with a slight butter flavor on the finish.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this cigar. It is well priced, with great flavor. This is one of my favorite cigars. This is a great cigar first thing in the morning. I have bought boxes of these and will continue to buy these cigars.

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