The 1st thing you notice about this cigar is the shape. It’s “flat-headed” which means it’s squared off at the top. You don’t need an special cutter, but I found that a punch works well with this unique style of cigar.
The CAO Flathead cigar starts with Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The binder is Connecticut Habano-seed. Nicaraguan and Dominican make up the fillers.
Official tasting notes are spicy-sweet with earth, black pepper and cocoa. But I also got coconut and a really distinct Green Apple flavour.
Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar, which was thick and oily on the outside, with a smooth easy draw right through to the finish.
To look at it, one might expect bolder flavour, but it’s surprisingly mellow.
The CAO Camshaft is a cigar that’s made to be a refreshing smoke, any time of the day or night.
Flathead Camshaft 554 would go especially well paired with a nice espresso, especially if it’s done right with lots of crema.
Bourbon would also work, but would need to have the right sweetness level, so try Blantons.
CAO has made 4 Vitolas in the Flathead line: Camshaft 554, Piston 642, Carb 660 and Big Block 770.