CAO’s senior brand manager Ed McKenna explains the motivation behind the Flathead line as this “Rick Rodriguez and I were always talking about the great people we’ve met at CAO events across the country, and about the conversations we’ve had with them. It didn’t take us long to realize that the conversations were always about the same things: Cigars, Cars and girls. Not necessarily in that order. So that’s what led us to come up with Flathead”
The CAO Flathead Carb 660 is Rated #3 with a 95-Rating in Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s Top 25 Cigars of 2015 List!”
Ring Gauge: 6
Box Of: 24s
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Habano Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Piloto Cubano Ligero
History of CAO
CAO was founded in 1968 and their factory is located Estelì, Nicaragua. While the company is rich with history, their passion is creating new cigars using unique and rare tobaccos. Many of their artisans have been with them for decades, rolling all sizes and shapes of cigars, their knowledge ensures that every CAO has the same high quality. Most of the artisans start in the same way at CAO, when there is an opening CAO looks to the relatives of their employees first, making is a real family-run company.
When they arrive on the first day, they enter a world of rigorous training, where our experienced workers teach them our way of making cigars from the ground up. They learn bunching first, and how the buncher and roller must work in unison with perfect timing and rhythm. Only once they master that can they move on to more advanced techniques. Everyone starts at the beginning, at the lowest rung on the ladder. In the factory, you have to prove yourself before you can move up. Of course, their learning never really stops. It takes years to master the art. But gradually they learn more and more, they work their way up, and one day they’re students no more. They become the teachers, and the art gets passed on.
CAO has two advantages that many other cigar brands don’t have, a license to do anything and the leaves to pull it off. The type of tobacco, the origin or the packaging used bare no restrictions. CAO also has the largest inventory of tobacco and best access to rare, small-batch leave in the business. That means they can do things that no one has ever tried before, like making the Flathead or Pilon.
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