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Monday, 21 April 2014

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caocao flathead v554 camshaft
cuencacuenca 5 anniversary torpedo


Another Monday is upon us, and that means it’s time for another pair of cigar reviews.  Today we’ll be taking a look at the CAO Flathead and the Cuenca 5 Anniversary.

CAO Flathead V554 Camshaft

CAO Flathead is a line that was just expanded last week by the addition of the Sparkplug format.  As you can tell from the name of the line and the newest format, this is an automotive-themed line from CAO, and they even try to reflect that in all of the formats with their squared-off shapes.  CAO is not only known for making snazzy looking bands, they’re also known for making quality cigars, so I’m expecting some good things from the V554 Camshaft that I’m about to try.

The Flathead V554 Camshaft measures 5 ½ x 54.  Other sizes in the line, all named after engine parts, include the 4 ½ x 50 Sparkplug, 6 ½ x 42 V642 Piston, 6 x 60 V660 Carb, and the humongous 7 x 70 V770 Big Block.  The Flathead starts off with a Nicaraguan filler, and a Connecticut Habano Seed binder comes next.  Its composition is completed by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.  The cigar is made at the Scandinavian Tobacco Esteli factory in Nicaragua.

The most obvious thing that stands out when looking at the Flathead V554 Camshaft is its extremely square box-pressed shape.  The dark brown wrapper is rather oily and is smooth overall. Only a few minor veins run throughout the body. I see no major imperfections and the cigar feels firm to the touch, offering up zero soft spots. The band near the head displays the Flathead 554 name over a silver and black color scheme and graphics that include what appears to be a car engine part (a camshaft, if I had to guess).  As I take a whiff of the V554 Camshaft I am greeted by a sweet scent and a chocolaty cold taste.

After striking the CAO Flathead V554 with my lighter, it’s nothing but smooth sailing. The burn is quite solid, only needing one touch-up from my lighter.  The cigar stays lit on its own without the need for touch-ups. The draw is as good as one could hope for. There’s also plenty of smoke that comes out of this box-pressed beauty.  Gorgeous solid withe ash is produced.   All in all, there are no complaints in the burn department.






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