CAO’s popular Flathead is getting a follow up this year.

It’s called the CAO Flathead V19 and uses tobaccos from Connecticut for both the wrapper and binder. The outermost leaf is a broadleaf varietal, while the binder is habano. Fillers are from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

  • CAO Flathead Camshaft V19 (5 1/2 x 50) — $11.99 (Box of 20, $239.80)
  • CAO Flathead Carb V19 (6 x 60) — $12.99 (Box of 20, $259.80)

Production is limited to 2,350 boxes of each size.

The original Flathead debuted in 2013 using a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. A press release explains how General developed the amped up version of the Flathead:

Ricky (Rodriguez) and the team gave each of the leaves an abbreviated fermentation to lock in the tobacco’s native flavors and added a longer aging process to refine them. By painstakingly watching over the tobaccos and working with small batches, they were able to create the CAO Flathead V19

“For V19, we wanted deep flavor and power, the kind of cigar that demands your attention, just like a classic car or motorcycle does,” said Rodriguez in a statement to halfwheel. “This is the cigar for the CAO smoker who likes the boldest blends in our line.”

Flathead V19 will debut at this week’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show and begin shipping to retailers on Aug. 1.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

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