September 07, 2013

CAO Flathead 554 Camshaft (5 x 54)

Video review HERE.
This is CAO's newest cigar. It debuted at this year's IPCPR in Las Vegas. It literally looks like a block of chocolate. All the cigars in this series are named for hot rod engines. The cap is finished with a flat top, or flat head. It's actually pretty cool looking.
Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.

After cutting the flat cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were espresso, earth and just a twinge of citrus which tastes like a sweet grapefruit. There is a massive amount of espresso. There is also a lot of black pepper and rated at a 7. The pepper lingers nicely on the finish, which is short. The finish is one of cream but it is quite light. There were notes of nutmeg that appeared very quickly; about 1/4 inch into the cigar.

About 1 1/2 inch in there are deep dark chocolate notes to go along with the espresso and earth. There are still nutmeg notes that have a touch of sweetness. The cigar is medium bodied.

At the band there are some charred oak notes to go along with the other flavors. The espresso is still predominant. The cigar is still medium bodied. The nutmeg notes have changed to a slightly sweet cedar.

At the end there were still the same flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, charred oak, light earth, and nice pepper. The finish remained very short with nice lingering pepper. The cigar remained medium bodied. This would make a good addition to any one's after dinner cigar lineup.

Score: 89

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