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CAO FLATHEAD RESONATOR | CIGAR REVIEW

MARCH 9, 2024 - PHIL KURUT, COMEDY - CIGARS - MUSIC


CAO FLATHEAD RESONATOR (8 x 60)

WRAPPER: USA CONNECTICUT BROADLEAF

BINDER: CONNECTICUT HABANO

FILLER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NICARAGUA



The Resonator is a big dude, but it draws like a much smaller cigar. Excellent draw and a generous smoke output. Spice dances on top of slightly charred oak, embedded with hints of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of salt.


Charred oak and dark chocolate blow through the nose. Grilled steak, dark chocolate, coffee, and the slightest drop of chicory root rest fairly well-balanced on the finish. The Resonator has captured my interest.


In general, I’m rather indifferent to cigar bands, but the Resonator’s band seems like an afterthought. I’m not smoking the band, so, whatever.


Everything starts to tame fairly early, but nothing actually fades. “Smooths out” would be a good way to put it.



The Resonator’s burn line doesn’t quite walk a straight line, but it remains on a solid enough course, requiring a touch-up to keep things moving along. A random relight is required shortly beyond the halfway mark.


Things begin to move around a bit, and some new players arrive. Dark chocolate takes the lead, blending well with some dark, sweet cherry. Cola flows around from time to time. Oak remains, but less charred. Spice takes a break. Dark chocolate and light coffee hold up the finish.


Smoke output increases as the journey continues, and the Resonator chugs along, never falling flat. Creaminess begins to wiggle its way around and through. A few more touch-ups are needed here and there, but I can’t complain too much.


While big smokes aren’t necessarily my thing, hats off to the Resonator. This dude abides.



SMOKE TIME: 2hrs. 44 mins.


RATING: 3.25 / 4 - Hats off to the big dude.

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