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Review: CAO Flathead V770 Big Block

Kyle Freeman
Written by Kyle Freeman


The title says it all, V770. That’s right, this is a 7×70 cigar, the largest in the Flathead line and the largest ever reviewed by Cigar Memoir. Part of the “New Age” group of cigars, this Flathead delivers a very dark brown, almost black Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with great construction. It’s a heavy cigar presented with a nice box-press and a cap that was specifically designed to be flat, which makes for an interesting cut.

Inspired by hot rods and pin-up girls, CAO Flathead is a box pressed collection that hits on all cylinders. –

Country of Manufacture: Nicaragua
Rolled: STG Esteli
Size: 7×70
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Habano Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Piloto Cubano Ligero
MSRP: $9.50
Sample: Purchased by CM
Quantity smoked: 1
Age: 1 Year 2 Months



Right off the bat, this cigar fits into the Coal Miner class with a heavy earth component and a chocolaty sweetness. As the smoke continued, richer and more bold flavors of leather and black pepper took over for the sweetness, but complemented the earthy flavor very well.

I really enjoyed the first half of this cigar and it was getting a much better rating in my mind, but this vitola is so massive that it eventually masked the enjoyment and became more of a chore for me. At one point I had a chocolate covered cherry flavor through the retro-hale that was absolutely amazing, but it only lasted for about 15 minutes. I really wish that component could have lasted, but I think for the size of this cigar, it delivered a very good experience. If you are a big ring gauge smoker, this is definitely a cigar to try that will last about 3 hours.


About the author

Kyle Freeman

Kyle Freeman

Kyle started smoking cigars in 2008. In 2012 he began Kyle's Cigar Reviews on YouTube. Kyle has a strong passion for cigars and enjoys the history behind each and ever stick. Besides cigars, he's a full-time chiropractic student and part-time golfer.