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CAO Flathead Steel Horse Apehanger

Cigar:

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CAO Flathead Steel Horse Apehanger
 
Specifications:
Manufacture/Purchase date: 2023
Country of Origin: Nicaragua 
Wrapper Color: Oscuro 
Wrapper type: Connecticut Habano Oscuro
Filler: Dominican Republic,  Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua 
Binder: Brazil
Vitola: Grande (5.5x58)
Manufacturer: STG Estelli
Distributor: STG Estelli
Factory: Nicaragua 
Humidimeter:  69%
Current Production: Yes
Price: $9.99 (cigars.com single)
Environment:
Temperature:  19 degrees 
Humidity: 49%
Wind: N/A
Setting: My regular spot in the little, outdoor smoke shack.
Paired with: Iced coffee 
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Pre-smoke Comments:
A medium texture, somewhat veiny, very visible seams, wrapper with an overall fairly attractive smoke.
A Smooth, flat headed cap, somewhat soft bunch, slightly tight cold draw tasting strongly of chocolate.
Burn Comments:
Slightly uneven burn, flat coal, mottled grey, typical structure ash, with some spots of wrapper flaking form normal handling, and the wrapper began peeling about half way through. 
Draw/Smoke comments:
A slightly tight draw,  ample smoke volume, and cool, but somewhat biting/sharp smoke, with a faint but fragrant aroma consisting solely of woody scent.
Flavor/Taste Comments:
With ample richness, body, and perfectly balanced flavors of earthy, woody and baker’s chocolate tastes. Quite mild in strength.
Finish/Aftertaste Comments:
Of a modest, brief length finish/aftertaste of earthy and chocolate notes.
Summary Comments:
Overall,  I’d call it a excellent cigar, based almost solely on the unique,  standing taste, aftertaste and aroma. 
Otherwise it definitely had some issues with the wrapper flaking off nickle sized spots, and it beginning to peel slightly in the second half. Definitely didn’t cut too much of the cap, as it doesn’t really have one with its completely flat head, and the fact I used a punch.
Final score was an 86 out of 100, giving it a very good on the scale, mainly due to the wrapper issues. 
Besides that, since it didn’t really hurt anything, I would personally call it an excellent cigar if you don’t mind some possible,  minor wrapper issues and really just care about flavor and burn.
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Category Scores:
Appearance/Construction____13___ 15     
Burn___11____15     
Draw___9___10
Smoke volume ____9__10
Smoke character __4___5
Aroma__4____5 
Flavor/Strength___14____15
Finish/Aftertaste____9____10      
Overall Quality___13____15
TOTAL___86____ 100

 

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