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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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