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Smoke Blog: CAO Flathead

When I visited my friend John’s man cave for the NFL championship games, he handed me a CAO Flathead cigar. The sheer size of the thing surprised me, and I took it as a challenge.

The Flathead 770, aka Big Block. 7″ long, 70 ring gauge.

I lit this cigar during the 1st quarter of the Seahawks game. Shortly after Richard Sherman’s post-game outburst about three hours later, I stubbed out the last inch-and-a-half or so to get back on the road. Amazing.

The cigar lit easy and drew fine, but one of the box-pressed sides would start to go out from time to time. I blame the ring gauge. It looked like a Maduro, but instead the Flathead sports a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Inside we’ve got a Habano Connecticut binder and a mix of Nicaraguan and Piloto Cubano Ligero for the filler.

I’ll say now I’ve never had a Ligero I didn’t like, and the Flathead is no exception. I truly enjoyed those three hours with this monster, and when I saw Flathead 660 “Carb” in a local liquor store’s humidor this past weekend, I thought I would try to repeat the experience.

I found the 660 sported the same smooth taste, the same draw and sturdy construction, but did not have as many lighting problems. Of course, it didn’t last quite as long, either, but it was still a damn fine smoke in its own right.

Ligero fans, put this one on your must-try list. Highly recommended.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Smoke Blog: My UZI Weighs a Ton

I griped about a crummy day a couple of weeks back, and Qweequeg stepped up with an offer to send me a few cigars. Who can turn down an offer like that? Her care package arrived by the end of the week.

Care package from @Qweequeg. Sweet! Thanks!

The Rugrats enjoyed the bonus dinosaurs

 

How cool is that?

I started with the My UZI Weighs a Ton last weekend. I’d heard of the brand, but I had never seen one before. With a little surfing I learned it’s a collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua, and it’s billed as a medium- or full-bodied cigar on various sites. Opinions seem to differ on the exact tobaccos that make up the cigar, but hints of ligero in the filler caught my eye. I have yet to be let down by a ligero blend.

On first cut, I wasn’t pleased with the draw. I used my knife to poke a cross into the packed tobacco, which freed it up some. I lit up, and the problems ended there.

This, my friends, is a good smoke. Its firm construction held its ash. It burned slow and smooth, and it took me to closing time at a local watering hole. I’d put it in the medium range, with silky smoke and notes of leather. I smoked it down to the last inch or so before the bar staff kicked us out, and it never turned hot or bitter.

Collaboration or not, Jonathan Drew has done it again. The man just knows what he’s doing. Thanks again to Qweequeg for turning me onto this smoke! I look forward to trying another soon.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.