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CAO Flathead Gearbox

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Flathead goes traditional

CAO Flathead Cigars are some of the most highly demanded cigars on the market today. They’re inspired by muscle cars, engines, and pin-up chicks – that’s America, son! The Gearbox is the spiritual successor to the original 95-rated Flathead and comes in three special edition sizes. It takes a more traditional approach with rounded heads and non-box-pressed vitolas. But other than that, it’s the same great high-octane blend that keeps connoisseurs and critics alike coming back for more. The packaging is also top-notch – a detachable lid that can be used as wall art and unique metal gears as secondary bands.

CAO Flathead Gearbox features a 3 country blend that kicks off with a dark and alluring Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, and is completed with premium Connecticut Habano, Nicaraguan, and Dominican long-fillers. Upon lighting, expect a swift kick of flavor. A truly enjoyable full-bodied and complex cigar with hearty notes of spice, pepper, cocoa, and coffee. There’s only one way to experience this unique release, grab a box for yourself and enjoy!


Overall Rating4.41 out of 5 Based on 116 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “CAO Flathead Gearbox”

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5 out of 5
Great Cigar
Is now one of my favorites.
4 out of 5
This one needs to be in every guy's toolbox
Medium bodied with a good consistent burn. The dark lucious wrapper is appealing and surrounds a flavorful binder exuding smooth, complex flavors with notes of spice, wood, and leather. Definitely as dependable as a 12-bolt posi!
5 out of 5
One of the best from CAO
Really good cigars
5 out of 5
Luv them. Long lasting flavor
Luv them. Long lasting flavor
4 out of 5
Excellent cogar
I loved this Flathead and intend to buy other Flathead brands to try. The cigar is constructed very well, not too tight and certainly not so loose that the wrapper came apart. The flavor was excellent, full bodied without so much punch as to knock me back.
5 out of 5
CAO Flathead Gearbox 5.5x60,
dope smoke
5 out of 5
Good flavor!
Got them for a gift. They were smooth and flavorful.
5 out of 5
Great Smoke !!!
I have smoked several flatheads but this is one of the best The peppery taste is nice and robust ..
4 out of 5
Excellent smoke and came on
Excellent smoke and came on time...
5 out of 5
Great surprise
What a great flavor and very tasty will buy again
3 out of 5
Good not great
Good not great
5 out of 5
Gearbox
Excellent part of the flathead line. A bit milder than sparkplug, camshaft and rest but still full of great flavor.
5 out of 5
Flathead cigars
Very good cigars love them wish they were a better price bit that’s okay
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Great cigar
5 out of 5
CAO has yet to fail
CAO has yet to fail with a good cigar
5 out of 5
CAO Gearbox
Full bodied. Well constructed. Good smoke.
4 out of 5
CAO Flathead Gearbox 5.5x60
Good smokes
5 out of 5
Fantastic
Fantastic
5 out of 5
Great smoke!
Great smoke!
5 out of 5
CAO FLATHEAD GEARBOX
A very tasty addition to the Flathead series! CAO never lets me down!!! I will definitely purchase another box!
4 out of 5
Solid 4 star smoke
Good smoke, last flavor stage is ok.
4 out of 5
My first gear head
At first, I thought it was rather harsh and I was debating ending the experience and moving on to an old favorite. But after five minutes the flavor started to develop and I enjoyed it to the end. I’m looking forward to the next one, maybe tonight.
4 out of 5
Gearbox
I enjoyed the smooth draw and full flavor. Easily one of my recent favorites
5 out of 5
Nice smoke at a reasonable price
Nice flavor and aroma. Easy smoke. Burns great from beginning to end.
5 out of 5
Wonderful
Didn't think the cigar was going to be that good. I'd you like a good cigar try this one.
2 out of 5
Gears not great!
These cigars looked great, presentation was awesome, little gears on the cigars was neat. Size was perfect, but and it’s a big but, these would not draw, i did get a couple of them going but then they burned uneven.
5 out of 5
One of my new favorites
One of my new favorites
5 out of 5
Great taste and flavor
Great taste and flavor
5 out of 5
CAO Flathead
Excellent Cigar
5 out of 5
Gearhead
Great price and just as good smoke!!
5 out of 5
One of my favorites
Smooth smoke, one of the best I have ever smoked.
5 out of 5
CAO Has Done it Again
These are absolutely delicious. These sticks are well constructed, burn evenly and are everything I wanted from the Flatheads. Get 'em. Smoke 'em. You won't be disappointed.
5 out of 5
Nice
Good medium full smoke even burn
5 out of 5
Good Stick
I like this smoke and I like the price
5 out of 5
Great
Great
5 out of 5
Cao Gearbox
Excellent cigar. Rich, full bodied, full flavor. Pairs well with either Islay Scotch or dark coffee.
4 out of 5
Very pleased
I'm in water there to be saying it's a c a o I found them to be very very pleasing went good with some cognac loved it
5 out of 5
Good choice
A flathead fan and the gearbox is another good smoke
5 out of 5
Great deal
Can’t go wrong with CI and the quality of their products and the great prices you get. Been buying boxes of cigars for 2 years from them and I won’t go anywhere else!!
4 out of 5
Good cigar. Not quite as
Good cigar. Not quite as good as the red flathead but well worth the money
5 out of 5
Another great CAO
very smooth full floavored cigar with a nice draw
5 out of 5
Very nice cigar
Not for the feint of heart but if you're looking for bold and flavorful and great construction on this cigar you can't go wrong with this one 😊
5 out of 5
yep I'm a gear head
I am in love with the flathead 660 so tried the gear head for a shorter smoke ... not disappointed .. same great cigar in a smaller chassis
5 out of 5
Gear cigar
Great stogie but not as good as the spark plug.
5 out of 5
masterful blend
These are exceptional smokes. Great with a glass of wine. Very smooth.
4 out of 5
Bold 60 ring
This is a full flavored, big bundle. This blend is not for the timid, it can be overwhelming at times, but enjoyable, The wrappers are nice and oily dark, the roll above average. Think of this cigar as a big Cabernet, with high alcohol content.
5 out of 5
Flat head
Excellent smoke
4 out of 5
Cao
Good taste, even burn
4 out of 5
Good smoke
Good smoke
5 out of 5
Home Run
Great full bodied smoke, it won't disappoint.
5 out of 5
Great smoke as always with
Great smoke as always with CAO.
4 out of 5
Yum.
Delicious 'gar and fun, novelty presentation. A good deal on CI (though not cheap and almost double my normal per-stick rate) but good to have on hand for special occasions or a gift. Strong but not overwhelming, burns well, excellent wrapper-binder combo.
1 out of 5
NOPE!
These came in with an impossible draw and did nothing but tunes, heat up, and produce hot gas instead of smoke... letting the box rest for 6 months in hopes to salvage but so far I’m not impressed.
5 out of 5
CAO Flathead Gearbox 5.5x60,
Awesome stick!!! Just came into the rotation!!!
4 out of 5
Good Smoke
I would buy them again.....
4 out of 5
The last 3rd
It is a well smoking cigar with a level burn, smooth pull and great taste.
2 out of 5
Sit down while smoking.
CAO does not make a bad cigar.In fact the Ozgener family does not make a average cigar.That being said,the gearbox is a good cigar,but beware because is is mighty strong.Impeccably rolled with good draw, bitter dark chocolate and black coffee notes. But beware because if your not the kind of herfer that likes the smell of fresh asphalt in the morning it may be a bit heady. My advice... drink more and everything will be fine.
3 out of 5
CAO Flathead Gearbox 5.5x60
May be a great cigar, but not what I expected. Found it difficult to draw, therefore difficult to keep lit. Taste is good - but I won't try it again.
4 out of 5
Jesus Pulliza
Just like the Flathead Carb. simply great. Bien parecido al Flathead, simplemente bueno.
3 out of 5
Flathead
A bit disappointed. Expected a better smoke. Uneven burn.
4 out of 5
CAO FLATHEAD
Great cigar. A flavorful medium/Full body. Beautiful construction, and a decent burn.
5 out of 5
Manual Stick
Had martini surf and turf 10oz filet and lobster tail with spinach.......... Finished with Glenlivet founders reserve and this stick nice flavor great draw and burn as I shifted into 2nd very surprised CAO
5 out of 5
Gearbox
This is 1 of best cigars Of all time
5 out of 5
This is a good strong
This is a good strong smoke that fits me perfectly. The wrapper has come loose on a couple during the smoke, but overall a great smoke.
2 out of 5
Cigar review
They were ok. But my favorite is Java Mint. Put them on sale. I’m about out having to smoke all my Pardons
5 out of 5
Time to restock
I was down to my last two sticks, when I noticed CI's recent promotion! I've always enjoyed the flatheads, my friends are continuously amazed of the length of the ash burn. This is a very enjoyable cigar; allow yourself 90 - 120 minutes from start to finish. Ensure you have your selected beverage of choice close by, you will find yourself going back for refills! Now, when I get together with friends, I have to bring a couple of extra sticks to trade with.
4 out of 5
Decent smoke
Good flavor, kinda leathery. Doesn't burn evenly tho
4 out of 5
Gearhead
Enjoyed this cigar. Good draw. Tasted very good.
4 out of 5
great cigar to bad its going away.
This was a great cigar but CAO does a wonderfull job any way. Nutty, chocolate.
5 out of 5
Great smoke from beginning to end !!
CAO has a real winner with the Flathead product. This smoke was great beginning to end strong with no harshness
4 out of 5
Nice full bodied smoke
Great presentation on box too
5 out of 5
Love them
Excellent brand I want more
4 out of 5
I find this stick a toss up.
I will say this is a very decent stick, very full flavored and has a consistant burn and pretty slow at that being a 60 gage. The negitives i would say is the construction. The metal gear is a gage indicator and you should be able to firmly slide it off from the top or bottom. I found getting the gears off wasnt easy at all, 2 of the 10 got wrapper damage when removing and sliding it towards the foot was imposible on every one because inconsistencies in the girth but I am enjoying them. These are worth it if you get a real good deal on them.
5 out of 5
One of my favorites!
One of my favorites!
5 out of 5
great stick
This is a good cigar was perfect for a day of golf.
5 out of 5
Good Smoke!
Great draw on these. Strong and Smooth.
5 out of 5
One if my new favs
Outstanding and the sale price was a homerun!! Will buy again
5 out of 5
Gearhead
An awesome stick. If you can get them, please buy a whole box.
5 out of 5
Perfect Smoke!
Fantastic Smoke! I really liked the Amazon (early releases) and this is as good if not better. Great construction, even burn that lasts over an hour. Totally worth the price. Will buy again.
5 out of 5
CAO Flathead 6x60
Great smoke with amazing taste and great even burn.. Great value from Cigar International
4 out of 5
Fine cigar
Fine cigar
3 out of 5
Dry
I like the flavor but they where very dry and some of them where hard to draw. Warning very peppery.
2 out of 5
Wasn’t impressed
Wasn’t impressed
4 out of 5
CAO Flathead Gearbox
Nice strong smoke with good flavor. Downside is it gets a little harsh about 2/3-3/4s through the cigar.
5 out of 5
Great smoke
CAO,nails it again!
2 out of 5
Too much hype for such let down
Not what i expected. Too much bitter earth on the palet. With a semi tight draw. I much prefer the V660 Flathead over this cigar. I was disappointed in this purchase.
5 out of 5
cigar lover
This was a great cigar, smooth draw, even burn and will buy again
5 out of 5
Gearbox!
Greatsmoke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 out of 5
Beautiful but Bitter
The presentation was awesome with the metal gears (my wife loves the design element). However, the cigars have a very strong, but bitter taste.
5 out of 5
Good cigars I wish they
Good cigars I wish they were cheaper
5 out of 5
Flathead Gearbox delivers
If you enjoy the Flathead series, then you will relish the round Gearbox. Nice medium body chock full of flavour. Each gauge offers a slightly different experience. I would describe it as a cross between earthy and creamy. The round feel compared to its box pressed relatives gives a more traditional feel to its dark wrapper. Excellent draw. One of my new favorites.
1 out of 5
Not the same blend!
These are described as the same blend as the Flathead, just round. WRONG!!! They are nothing like the Flatheads, in fact, they are a huge disappointment. The taste is terrible! I was very excited about these when I ordered them, but that ended as soon as I fired up the first one, and every one after that. Can’t believe that this is just a bad batch because I have never had a bad Flathead!! These on the other hand, are just plain BAD!
5 out of 5
Gearbox
So far the best CAO Flathead that I had keep them coming 👌🏾🙏🏽👍🏾😀😃😄😁 send more of them good smoke
5 out of 5
Flathead fan!
I've been enjoying the gearbox since I've got them.
5 out of 5
A stellar stick
This is one great stick more toward the full flavor side than I was expecting. Very complex exploding with juicey flavor, I love it. The only disappointment was I ordered 60 ring size and was shipped 50’s.
5 out of 5
Awesome Cigar great deal
Awesome Cigar great deal
5 out of 5
Flathead gearbox
Great Smoke I think its the best so far
5 out of 5
Very nice stick
I'm not a big fan of box pressed cigars, but when I saw that this edition was not I had to go for it. Glad I did very good flavor blend burns even and sits right between medium and full flavor.
4 out of 5
Gearbox review 3.5
I was hoping the gearbox would be a smaller gauge version of the Flathead 660, one of my favorite smokes. It is a nice presentation with the gear ring wrapped over the cigar, although I an not sure what to do with 20 gear rings after I finish this box. I have only smoked a couple so far and I am a bit disappointed. Good smokability and easy to draw from a V-cut, but the flavor seems a bit off to me. A bit of pepper and not as smooth as I had hoped. Definitely a med-full bodied flavor, which I like. I am giving these 3.5 stars, and after the rest a bit, I will test them again.
5 out of 5
Awesome
Great gar
5 out of 5
They were very good.
They were very good.
2 out of 5
Cai flathead gear
Trouble drawing. Seems to tightly wrapped
5 out of 5
Puffer’s Delight 👌🏾
Nice to the touch, smooth on the draw and burns evenly 👍🏾😜
3 out of 5
Not a "real" Flathead
I love the CAO Flathead, one of my absolute favorites, but the Flathead Gearbox is just not near the cigar. It's ok, smaller, not as well constructed, with basically a similar taste profile. Just not a Flathead!
4 out of 5
Gear box by CAO
Very good. 4 out of 5 stars. Draw good Flavor good Even burn good Construction good Price good
4 out of 5
good cigar
good cigar
5 out of 5
CAO Flathead Gearbox
An excellent robust smoke from start to finish!
4 out of 5
Gearbox and Golf
I just received mine yesterday and have really not had time to give it a real test, but my first impression are that it will be a welcome addition to my golf bag. I have destroyed more than one cigar by housing it in a plastic bag, now the Gearbox will eliminate that problem. Second impression is the clasps are very tight and are difficult to unfasten for an old man with arthritis. Maybe I can get my golf partners, that continually bum your sticks from me, to open The Box for me. Keep up the good work and put more Maduros on line for us.
5 out of 5
Just as good as the
Just as good as the 660
3 out of 5
CAO GEARBOX
I bought a box of robusto for the great price. It was ok. Just not my taste. It didn't transition well. Wasn't a complex smoke but good if you want a quick smoke.
5 out of 5
Took a chance on these.
Smoked one so far and was really impressed. Great smoke.
5 out of 5
The Best of CAO IMO
Just as good as the box pressed Flatheads in my humidor. Great flavor, even burn, very enjoyable!
5 out of 5
this gearbox shifts everything!
That's right! As if it couldn't get any better when Wham! You hit overdrive with this smoke. Cloaked in a dark black, oily wrapper this beauty smokes like no other. Dark plumes of blueish hued smoke, with a very tasty, and satifiying flavor profile. This isn't your manual at all! Pick a box of 10 and "treat yo self!!"...
5 out of 5
New to cigars.....
But, I have had CAO Gearbox, Brasilia, Potomac, Italia and Gold and liked them all. The service @ CI is awesome fast and accurate delivery.
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Received today in the mail. Had to open and try one. Very good cigar, even burn, thick smoke and smooth draw. Going to order my 2nd box after I write this. I've had every flathead made and this one is no different. If you've tried one, might as well try them all was my thought. Very happy with doing so. Hopefully they come out with another so I can add a box to my bar. Enjoy everyone if you like full bodied.
5 out of 5
strong and smooth
Wow, strong and smooth to the end. I just ordered 3 more boxes. i cant say enough about how I enjoyed :}