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Crowned Heads Four Kicks BBB Vs. CAO Flathead 554

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We are proud to bring you a head to head challenge to see which of these popular broadleaf cigars will win. We have smoked 3 cigars of each to get the flavor profiles just right and to get an idea of the overall quality and composition.

BLACK BELT BUCKLE ROBUSTO

Available online at Famous Smoke

Strength: Full

Shape: Robusto

Size: 5 x 50

Country: Dominican Republic

Wrapper Color: Maduro

Wrapper Origin: Connecticut

Wrapper Leaf: Broadleaf

Crowned Heads Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Very traditional tobacco scents that contain faint hints of honey and chocolate. A coarse wrapper, with defined lines pays backdrop to a double band that stands out nicely.
First Puffs– A great oak flavor comes through boldly, paired with a medium hit of black pepper. The initial draws are very smooth and easy going.
First Third– Cocoa and rich leather are coming through in thick bursts. There is a subdued pepper note mixed in with earthy undertones. As it sits on the palate for a bit, sweet dark cherry and cashews can be tasted. This is a nice touch that brings the flavors full circle. The burn is great and is producing a solid ash.

Crowned Heads Four Kicks BBB
Second Third– Approaching the halfway point there is a distinct meatiness to the flavor profile, think of a pepper crusted filet. Along with notes of earth, black pepper, and some sweetness. The strength has increased to a medium full and it’s still burning nicely.
Final third– There is a bit more sweetness in the blend now. This a nice way to finish the cigar. That paired with the pepper and a medium to full body, sets up nicely for a grand exit.

Rating90

CAO Flathead V554 Camshaft

Available online at Famous Smoke 

Strength: Full

Shape: Robusto

Size: 5 1/2 x 54

Country: Nicaragua

Wrapper Color: Maduro

Wrapper Origin: Connecticut

Wrapper Leaf: Broadleaf

CAO Flathead 554

The first thing I noticed was the extremely oily wrapper, like a wet leather. A rich dark tobacco scent with notes of dark chocolate on the wrapper. This cigar has a unique flat top, begging to use a hole punch, I cut it though ( I enjoy a big draw ).  The band has a cool 60’s car vibe, which matches the theme CAO was going for.
First puffs– A very dark chocolate and rush of pepper and cayenne right away. After that burst of flavor, a medium body chocolate and oak come to the front. The draw is solid and the burn line started nicely.
First Third– The spices have returned, they seem to come and go, creating a medium to medium-full strength. I get notes of raisin, nutmeg, chocolate, and hay. A very pleasant mixture of flavors that create a solid smoking experience. The draw continues to be nice and smooth.

CAO cigar Flathead 554
Second Third– Cocoa and licorice with some notes of black pepper greet the transition to the second half. There are also hints of oak and hay here as well. It has settled to a more medium body now, easing its way to a nice smooth smoke.

Final Third– The sweetness of the cocoa has calmed down and the pepper has become more dominant. Mixed with the oak and hay, the strength has also increased back to a medium to more full body now. A strong ending for this Flathead 554.

Rating86

Overall: I enjoyed both cigars very much. I however enjoyed the Crowned Heads BBB a bit more. It’s overall blend seemed to be much more thought out and played together far better. There was just not enough substance there on the Flathead to really be all that impressed with. Both are great daily smokers and would make a nice addition to your humidor for an afternoon smoke.

Both of these are available at Famous Smoke

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