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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

CAO Flathead V450 Sparkplug
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kent (05Venturer)
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the CAO Flathead V450 Sparkplug, the latest release from CAO in their Flathead line - a box pressed 4.5 inches by 50 ring gauge and features a closed foot. The cigar is packaged in a box reminiscent of the packaging that sparkplugs come in.  Some of the hype surrounding the cigar: "CAO Flathead cigars are for the car lover in us all. Each cigar is named after a legendary hot rod engine and comes in a beautifully crafted box to commemorate the old school muscle car. Each cigar contains a flavorful Nicaraguan filler, a smooth yet spicy Ecuadorian Habano CT binder, and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper to add sweetness and balance out the spicier Habano binder. No doubt another great offering by CAO developed by master blender Rick Rodriguez."  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Chuck (cfickter).  Thanks very much for your generosity Chuck!

Length:
4.5
Ring Gauge:
50
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Connecticut
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Rothschild

This cigar was enjoyed with Iced Tea

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Great looking cigar with a nice oily wrapper with minimal veins. The CAO Flathead series is about the best box press offering I have tried as of yet. Used a punch cutter on the flat head.Prelight smelled of slight cocoa and espresso with a bit of spice.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The closed pigtail foot lit nicely and burn started out nice and straight but did begin to wander a few times but corrected itself over time. Ash was a bit flaky but held on well for nearly the first third. Smoke volume was good. Burn time was just over an hour at 65 minutes.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was perfect and this stick had a nice solid feel to it. I am really starting to enjoy the box press on quite a few cigars. A really great looking cigar other than a few minor lumps & bumps under the band.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

Strength was medium to full with a lot of earthiness and black pepper. Nice little burn on retrohale. Not a complex smoke and seemed fairly one dimensional.
1/3: It was quite peppery with an earthy background.
2/3: The pepper backed off and I got a slightly bitter taste.
3/3 Pepper was back in force with the earthiness turning a little more bitter and getting a little hot with a bit of harshness right towards the end.

Summary

The packaging is very nice and reminded me of the older automotive sparkplug packaging. Overall the Sparkplug is an OK smoke. I didn't enjoy it as well as the 554 Camshaft offering from CAO and would think that the $6+ price point may be a bit high for this cigar. I will most likely pick up a few more of these and give them a little time in the humidor and see if that makes it a bit more enjoyable.



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