Cigar review: I do not partake in many CAO products but when I do, they seem to hit the spot. I was sent the V19 Camshaft from General Cigar to review. As always how and where I receive the cigar does not impact my subjective view about the smoke.
Here is what The CAO brand ambassador commented about this blend.
Brand ambassador, Rick Rodriguez says, “We wanted deep flavor and power, the kind of cigar that demands your attention, just like a classic car or motorcycle does. This is the cigar for the CAO smoker who likes the boldest blends in our line.”
So in essence, the brand is created for the person who likes a stronger profile with a kick in the butt presence.
Brand/Name of Cigar: CAO/Flathead Camshaft V19
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Binder: U.S. Connecticut Habano
Price: MSRP $11.99 single, received gratis from General Cigar
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. , Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, 9/14/19
Appearance/Construction: Box pressed with a dark, almost black wrapper. This is a solid to the touch cigar with an oily feel and smooth. Very well made with a sharp looking band that works well with the overall design.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First third: The cigar was touted as a full bodied smoke with a edge to it. At least to me, the V19 did not start out with a bang but a medium combo of dark chocolate and tangerine. Very smooth with no harshness.
Second third: Still not an earth shaking cigar but we are now getting an almond addition to the first third.
Final third: Alright almost forget everything I said before, the black spice is now shaking the tree and kicking up a full bodied storm. The power is full blast and you better get ready for it. I was not quite in the mindset for this but here we go.
Smoking Characteristics: The box press is a thing of beauty with an even burn, dark grey ash and no complications or issues.
Conclusion/Overall Impression: For once, this cigar was well represented as advertised. Full bodied, strong but not over the top. Complex and the flavors were all right on.
The Numbers and Final Thoughts: It’s a winner for me but take your time and let the cigar provide the entertainment. Sit back and take it all in. It’s worth a box but at the very least, a five pack is calling.
Appearance/Construction: 4.2 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.3 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4.2 out of 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4.2 out of 5