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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

CAO Flathead V450 Sparkplug
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Cigary
92
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 Drambuie

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

Very nice and oily...I loves me some oily cigars and this one makes me notice it esp. with how squared up this "sparkplug" is. After making a nice V Cut and taking a nice long pre draw it gives off a spicy and dark taste of coffee...maybe a stronger espresso taste.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

I let this cigar marinate for as long as possible and that means about 3 days before I put this in for review and it was worth the wait.  The burn was flawless and while not heavy on the smoke side it was enough to enjoy. It burned adequately but I did try to nurse it to smoke longer. The ash was a nice grey and barely sprinkled with dark ash which is a good sign.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Great looking little cigar compared to the Churchills I usually smoke but when they taste this good I don't mind if they are on the short side.  I love the cigar band...it does give you a good representation of what it's named after...gimmicky??   Yes but I think it fits this cigar and with the closed foot it is something you'll remember by sight even if you forget who makes it.

Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

Here is where the real information is important...it's all about the taste and this one certainly gives one enough to chew on.  It is certainly a complex cigar with some of the best profiles of chocolate, pepper and spice with hints at times of mocha at the front and middle and subsided at the last third. It drifted lazily  from an earthy taste to chocolate and then to pepper. At times it would give off some heavy pepper but I think that's because it is still a young cigar...given a few months those pepper tastes will mix  and balance a lot better.

Summary

This is a cigar that screams 'rest' for it to grow into itself..at times it can overpower you with the pepper and spice and rest will cure this.  Complex cigars usually come out very strong while they are this young and improve quite a bit with time.  Some would count this cigar as a bit rough...don't fall for that and just let them marinate for a good 6 months and I'll bet you half a box you'll come away with another opinion.



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