Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican
Size: Big Block 7×70
Cao has released this line of Flathead cigars in 4 sizes. All four sizes are box pressed, keeping with the Flathead theme. The band has a nice 50s Art Deco theme with a red background and raised silver accents. The Wrapper has a deep brown coloring similar to chocolate. In fact, without the band this cigar is so large it looks like a bar of chocolate. From the cold draw I instantly taste an earthy flavor with hint of sweet cocoa.
First puffs– The first few puffs I get a very distinct earthy flavor. There is a slight undertone of woody flavoring, but the earthy flavor is dominating.
First third– The earthy flavor is starting to drop off some. Sweet cocoa is more at the forefront now. The cigar is starting to mellow out and become smoother with a sweet after taste. The smoke production, so far, is very minimal.
Second third– The cocoa is starting to become a little creamy. This stick is very tasty with a touch of spice added in at the end of the draw. At this point, I have been smoking this behemoth for almost two hours.
Final third– The spice is hitting the palate a bit harder now and the earthy flavor is coming back. The smoke production is actually picking up now, a nice surprise. Toward the end, near the nub, there is a faint coffee taste that rounds out the flavor profile.
Overall I did enjoy this cigar, but it took me more than three hours to complete. Usually I am able to finish a cigar in about an hour or less. I wouldn’t recommend this size of cigar to a new smoker. I would suggest going with the V742 Piston (6.5×42) or the V554 Camshaft (5.5×54). If you love V-8s and cigars try this stick, I think you’ll like it.
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