Happy New Year Contest! CAO Flathead Steel Horse Apehanger

You know I can’t resist getting one more contest in!  CAO‘s Flathead line has been a favorite of mine since they came out, and I thought it was great, although a bit strange, that the V660 Carb got the number three spot on Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 of 2015.  While I like them all, I think the V554 or V450 are a bit more to my liking, it’s awesome that they get the recognition they deserve for this blend.  Rick Rodriguez is a great guy, with some great stories, and nailed it with the Flathead blend in my humble opinion.  This year they added a motorcycle theme to the Flathead line with the Steel Horse Apehanger and Bullneck, with two  major differences, these are offered in the round as opposed to being severely box pressed, and they have a Connecticut Habano Osciuro wrapper as opposed to the Connecticut Broadleaf of the original line. I dig the Steel Horse just about as much as the box pressed line, which is why I held on to this box of Steel Horse Apehanger for a special Happy New Year giveaway! The Apehanger is 5½” x 58, has the aforementioned Connecticut Habano Oscuro wrapper, a Brazilian Arapiraca binder and Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican long-fillers. This is a box of 18 cigars, that still have the distinctive flat head, which in my experience is best handled with a large diameter bullet punch.  Thank you, once again, to Victoria at General Cigar Co. for coming up big with this one!




The rules are the same as always, leave a comment to enter. If you won in the 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways, please give everyone else a chance. You must be over 18 to win.  I will select a winner at random on Sunday, January 3, 2016, so there’s plenty of time to sober up after New Years Eve and type a comment!


Thank you all for helping me through 2015, and I wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2016!


Until 2016,





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152 Responses to Happy New Year Contest! CAO Flathead Steel Horse Apehanger

  1. Bill Falls

    These are my go to cigar in my humidor

  2. Tim S

    Wow, good deal another giveaway and a great cigar to boot. Thanks.

  3. Chris richardson

    Awesome giveaway

  4. Mike Smale

    Smooth flavor, great tasting cigar

  5. Robert

    Solid smoke. Would love to win a box.

  6. fich

    OK, I commented. Now how do I pick up my prize?

  7. Mark

    Have a great 2016!

  8. Charlie H.

    love the cap! thanks as always craig your a true botl!

  9. Tony Belch


  10. Awesome, thanks for the chance

  11. Ronald Richardson

    Pick me!

  12. Duane Holmes

    Good luck to me.

  13. Mike McCain

    next to the amazon basin, this is CAOs best line

  14. Jared

    I hope however wins enjoys their cigars. HAPPY NEW YEAR To EVERYONE 🍸🍹🍺🎉🎉🎉🍺

  15. derek Widtfeldt

    Great contest! Great cigar!!!

  16. I’m looking forward to giving these a shot

  17. They look wonderful, i bet they taste even better

  18. They look really good!!

  19. I would love the chance to check them dogs out

  20. Patrick

    You really outdid yourself with general on an amazing cigar. Happy New Year to everyone commenting here and their loved ones.
    Life is good!

  21. WoW!! Never tried these bet ya it would be as good if not better thank driving my 70 charger around town. Darn good looking cigars.

  22. Peter King

    Sure look like tasty cigars. Haven’t tried one yet.

  23. Steve C

    Thanks Craig. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!

  24. Tim Brannon

    Winning these cigars would be a grand way of beginning the New Year! Happy New Yea Craig!

  25. Deb S

    Another great give away. Good cigars.

  26. Matt

    Got to meet Ricky this summer. What a great guy and couldn’t be happier for him and the CAO family! I’m half way through my second box is these Apehangers. I love them!

  27. Ryan R.

    Great Cigars and Great Contest. Hope I get lucky…!

  28. Chris Salter

    Haven’t tried them yet, hope I get to to try a whole box.

  29. Todd stoves

    Might as well try…I never win stuff 😜

  30. paul1954

    Rick has always come up with tasty treats. I take your word that these are good, too, but I would like to find out for myself. Thanks, Craig and Rick!

  31. Michael guerra

    Out freaking standing giveaway!! Can’t wait to win

  32. Mike in FL

    Come on 7!

  33. Donald Santos

    Wow I want to try the steel horse

  34. Adrian quick

    So wish I could win these. Happy new year regardless!

  35. John Hateley

    Great cigars, cool packaging also! Happy New Year everyone!

  36. Ian Venittelli

    Thank you for holding such generous contests.

  37. Zeegarboy

    Looks wonderful Happy new years

  38. Vlad Davidiuk

    I. MUST. HAVE. THESE. C’mon baby, daddy needs some new smokes!

  39. Bill Beyer

    CAO Flat head series are good smokes. I’m a big fan of the V450

  40. Henry Bailey

    Wow! What a great cigar and even greater blog!

  41. Ric Pilbeam

    I have enjoyed these and the rest of the line … Good smokes …

  42. Never tried these. Guess I’ll have to get a bigger punch if I win. Glad there’s one more contest since I missed a few.

  43. Matt B

    Happy New Year!! Would love these to ring in the new year!

  44. Perietta Migranté

    i haven’t smoked this cigar from CAO.

    thx again Craig! you are absolutely into the festive spirit of “giving + being generous”! wishing you a HEALTHY + HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  45. Ken Fellenstein

    Great cigar!!

  46. Christopher Grassetti

    I enjoy a good smoke! This would be awesone! Happy New Year

  47. Ruy M.

    These sound amazing. I would love to hand these out at a celebration.

  48. Robert Ritchie

    I would like to start out the New Year 2016 win a box of CAO Flathead Steel Horse Apehanger.

  49. Jade Merkel

    Yay, another awesome giveaway!

  50. Chuck Nichols

    Happy New Year!

  51. Case

    I’m a newbie to cigars. Just bought my first humidor. So I’m new to your blog. I’m reading as much as I can and looking for recommendations. Thanks , Case

  52. Derek R

    Hope this isn’t too late! Happy New Year to all! May the new year bring lots of good smoking.