The fifties were another time. The US had just come off of World War II. Much of the rest of the world was lying in ruin, what with the bombing campaigns and war in Europe and Asia, and because of this the United States was doing a lot of the manufacturing for the entire world, as well as shipping our goods to nations trying to rebuild. Our ancestors were living large back then; big cars, beautiful women, and powerful engines. The CAO Flathead series of cigars is a lovely set of box-pressed cigars (and if any burgeoning cigar makers are reading this, we need more box-pressed cigars. Really), and one that will take you back to the powerful days of the fifties, when we could just do no wrong here in the United States.
The CAO Flathead V554 camshaft is the Robusto size of the Flathead cigar, albeit still a box-pressed cigar. It is a dark cigar, and one that is full of flavor, just bursting with it, and with an oily wrapper. It was also the cigar that won the award for 3rd best cigar of 2015 from Cigar Aficionado, which is no mean feat.
The wrapper is a beautifully aged and fermented Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, into which fine Nicaraguan and Dominican long-leaf tobaccos are bound with a Connecticut Habano seed binder. This creates a cigar that has notes of earth, leather, chocolate, and black pepper, and that produces thick plumes of bluish smoke. Just like a classic car, it is beautiful, and just like a gorgeous pin-up girl, the cigar is gone too soon.