CAO is a cigar company that is known for finding some interesting inspiration for the vitolas that they put out on the market. They tend to figure out a much more interesting place to find inspiration from than most of the cigar companies out there these days. For example, they do a line of puros, cigars that are made entirely of tobacco sourced from one country, often cigars that are even made entirely in that country. This has lead to cigar lines like their Brazilia, for an easy example.
So where did the inspiration for this cigar come from? Well, if you are a fan of cars, you probably already know, the Flathead line draws inspiration from the muscle cars of the fifties. From the age of pin-ups and classy cars that were comfortable and just beginning to get powerful. The cigar is a throwback to the time when the United States could do no wrong in its manufacturing, and the truth is that the cigar is a good one, as well.
It is a box-pressed cigar, as all the cigars in the line are, which I think is fantastic. There are too few box-pressed cigars on the market right now, in my opinion. The wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, and the tobacco is Dominican and Nicaraguan, and the binder is a Connecticut Habano leaf. All this comes together to make a peppery, spicy, cigar, with notes of chocolate and earth, a cigar that, when lit, emits thick plumes of smoke, and one that you will enjoy if you give it a chance.