Wednesday, April 18, 2007

CAO CX2

  • Country: Handmade in Esteli, Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Colombia, Nicaragua
  • Size: Robusto 5 x 52
  • Price: Received from a B.O.T.L. (Brother Of The Leaf) from Cigar Utopia



Pre-Light:

This CAO CX2 has been sitting in my humidor for atleast 6 months now and I have always meant to pick it up out of there and smoke it. Well today is that day. I never had one of these and I am looking forward to it. This cigar is very firm with minimal veins which is a plus. Looks well constructed all around and the wrapper has a nice sheen to it. I cut this cigar with my Xikar cutter and pre-light draw is just perfect. Picking up a nice rich tobacco smell with the flavor being earthy. Can't wait to start puffing away on this.




1/3:
Upon lighting this cigar up with my Rocky Patel table top torch, this cigar produced a lot of thick creamy smoke. Draw is excellent. Flavors picked up are a creamy, leathery flavor. The finish is short and pleasant. I did however notice that this cigar is leaving a little tingling sensation in my throat. No big deal though. This CX2 has a real nice aroma. The garage smelled so great my brother came in and asked what I was smoking and proceeded to puff away on my cigar till I told him to give it back. Anyways, the ash is a nice light gray ash and is holding on real good. Strength so far I would have to say is Medium to Full.




2/3:
Well into the 2/3 of this cigar, I am still getting that tingling sensation in my throat. Like before, no biggie. The cigar did happen to mellow out and I did pick up hints of a toasty flavor. Draw is still good and producing tons of smoke. Burn is fine. The finish is a tad bit longer, but still leaving a pleasant taste in my mouth. As all good things come to an end, they did. The wrapper happened to blister and crack on me in one spot. This is a minor issue to me, but it is annoying to look at and should not happen.




3/3:
Down to the final third. I surpassed that bad spot that blistered and cracked in the 2/3. Well, it happened again in the final third in one spot. Now to the good news. Burn was still superb as it was through the whole cigar. Flavors have stayed the same as well as the draw and amount of smoke. The cigar I did notice did get a little hot toward the end, but nothing I would consider major. The ash held on good and took a good beating to get it off which proves to me that this is a well constructed cigar.


Conclusion:
Since I never smoked one of these, it was time. I was unsure of what to expect from this cigar. Let me say that this cigar did not disappoint me one bit. The CX2 (named for the Cameroon Wrapper and Binder) is a definite must try in my book. Besides the blistering and cracking of the wrapper twice, I had no other problems. I enjoyed this all the way through and I look forward to more of these in the future. I will have to pick more up as well as you should too. I am positive that you will enjoy this Medium bodied smoke. Not too powerful, and the flavors are unique and blend well. Excellent construction, good burn, thick creamy smoke and good tasting, you can't go wrong. I am unsure of the price point of these cigars as this was a gift to me, but I am sure that they will be around $6-$8 a piece. I could be wrong, if I am please let me know. Pick one up and you won't be let down.


Rating: B

4 comments:

Cigar Jack said...

The cigar isn't bad but doesn't live up to the standards of the Mx2.

Cigarfan said...

I might have to try this one again. The last couple times I tried this stick I was overwhelmed with Cameroon perfume. I'm with Jack -- I prefer the MX2, but after your review I'd like to give this one another go. Great review!

Brian said...

Interesting review, and a pretty good sounding cigar. I'm going to have to try one out and the MX2.

I checked out the price on this cigar and it looks like it runs from $8.25 to $8.39 online.

Sterling said...

I tried this cigar for the first time in the Cigar Lounge on a cruise ship. It was a very good smoke although I too experienced the problem with the wrapper blistering and cracking about 2/3 of the way through. Very annoying. Even so, I found that I had a hard time putting this cigar down. When it was finished I went back up to the bar and bought another. It's been in my humidor for about a month and I plan to let it settle for a few more months before lighting it up. Maybe I'll avoid the blistering and cracking on this one.