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CAO FLATHEAD V19 Cigar Review

CAO FLATHEAD V19 Cigar Review.  


Company History
General Cigar Co. Inc., the premium cigar subsidiary of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana, Punch®, CAO, Partagas®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and also exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit

What an attractive cigar with an dark hardy looking oily wrapper with noticeable tooth. There’s also clean, well-fermented tobacco and a sweet earthy pre-light smell.

Journey Profile:

1st Third
Once lit the smoke had a full flavored profile right from the first puff. Some earthy fruit tones was the first flavor tasted with a subtle spiciness that developed as the cigar was smoked, meaning through the nose. Solid to the touch and a very smooth and effortless draw.

2nd Third:
A spicy edge of black pepper was steadily building when retro-haling the smoke through the nose. A burn that’s slow and produced a long, tight gray ash. Hints of coco notes produced and plenty of smoke from the foot and filled the room with a deep earthy character.

Final 3rd:
The spiciness intensified with more black pepper notes developing later on in the cigar. Full bodied hearty earthy flavors and never dominating the smoke experience. More and more of a pleasant smell that never faded throughout the entire experience. Full flavors and a well ending balance well with spiciness.

Final Thoughts:
Large amounts of dynamite comes in small packages and the Flathead V19 is one of those. The taste and construction was on point. Overall big full flavors with a touch of creamy texture. Spice developed in the nose producing an effortless draw with an even burn and outstanding character overall and right down to the nub. This was a great cigar through and through.

Myron Gooch Sr.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf.
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf.
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua.

Size: 51/2” x 50.
Rating: 90


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