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Cao Flathead V770 Big Block

Author:
Cao Flathead

Brand: Cao

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Binder:  Connecticut Habano

Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican

Strength: Full

Size:  Big Block 7×70

Price: $9.50

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.

Flathead full

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.

Flathead full

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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CAO Hurricane

Author:

CAO Hurricane

Brand: CAO

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium-Full

Size: Toro 6.0 x 54

Price: $6.50

 

Tonight I attended Fox Cigar Bars CAO Hurricane release event. Initial view of this cigar is bold. The band is very literal, a hurricane in metallic red with a black border. Along with a second band for company branding. The initial smell is a bit sweet and woodsy. This cigar has a nice oily leather brown wrapper with visible veins.

First puffs– I get a huge burst of rich spice with an intense burnt wood underneath. The draw is nice and smoke is steady.
First third– Spice still lingers along with the burnt wood flavor. There is a faint hint of something sweet, kinda tastes like cherry. Nice and smooth smoke so far.
Second third– The sweetness has really picked up now, it’s a really nice cherry wood taste. There is still some spice but it’s subtle and blends really well along with a bit of earthiness. The draw is good but a little on the tighter side. Worth noting the burn was very uneven.

CAO Hurricane smoked

Final third– An espresso flavor enters the mix, along with an almond and earth flavors. Burn has evened out and is smoking nicely. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall a very nice smoke. The flavor profile is really great. The sweet and spice, mixed with earth profiles works great. I would definitely suggest trying this one and would smoke it again. CAO has a hit on there hands with this cigar.

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