Cigar Aficionado

CAO Flathead V660 Carb
V660 Carb
95
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
60 60
Full
Full
Tasting Note
It's big. It's blocky. And it has the flattest head we've ever seen on a premium cigar. It's also loaded with surprisingly rich, complex tobacco. The CAO Flathead V660 Carb is one of the bulkiest cigars in the CAO Flathead line, which is made by General Cigar Co. in Nicaragua. General inherited the entire portfolio of CAO's preexisting brands after Swedish Match and ST Cigar Group Holdings merged in 2010. Flathead, however was created under General Cigar by Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna. The idea was for the cigars to resemble the engine blocks found in America's classic hot rods, and this is reflected in the packaging as well. Each box looks like an engine and even comes with a vintage-style print of a pinup girl. There is undoubtedly a jovial aspect to the theme, but it would be a mistake to dismiss the Flathead as a novelty. The cigar is a gutsy blend that starts with a dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, a Cuban-seed binder also grown in Connecticut and a combination of Nicaraguan ligero and Dominican Piloto Cubano tobacco. If Rodriguez and McKenna intended the blend to reflect hot rods and muscle cars along with the packaging, we'd say they delivered. The name Carb 660 is named after the carburetor of a combustion engine and 660 indicates the length and ring gauge. From the first light, this seriously squared-off cigar takes off with notes of ripe fruit, leather and molasses that only gain intensity as it smokes.
Body Full
Size Grande
Ring Gauge 60
Length 6"
Filler Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder U.S.A./Conn. Habano
Wrapper U.S.A./Conn. Broadleaf
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2016
Price $8.39
Designation Top 25 of 2015 | Rank: 3
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2015 | Score: 92

Sharply box pressed with an abruptly flat head. This near-black, chunky cigar is a rich combination of coffee bean and leather, bready molasses and hearty hickory.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Dec 03, 2013 | Score: 89

Sharply box-pressed, this near-black Lonsdale is woody and floral in character. Touches of anise and toast lead to a short finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
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