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CAO Mx2 Belicoso
Review by Deac
First, following the “cheatsheet” is the presentation of the cigar. Probably what sticks out to me was the fact that I rummaged through the box to find the stick with the best color. Even then the CAO Mx2 I ended up with was somewhat mottled. The cigar was very firm and consistent in that regard.
It lit well, the burn was not perfect, but it never required touching up. Draw was tight initially, but improved a degree by 50%. The wrapper on this CAO Mx2 held well and the ash was solid. The cigar was full bodied and of medium strength, I termed it salty on the lips but peppery to the tongue. It seemed to have a smoothing of the flavor from a little touch of bitterness to almost a creamy/spicy finish. I consider it to have a rich aroma.
I ended up giving the CAO Mx2 an 81. I have it this low because of the presentation and the taste. Though in hind sight I was being overly critical of the taste. It was a good cigar and it probably deserves a high 80 rating.
Review of the CAO Mx2 by Hoot
I finally got a chance to fire my CAO Mx2 Belicoso up last night after work. This one has been resting in the trunkador since June-July of ’06. The CAO Mx2 is a well constructed cigar. Small veins in the wrapper, nice even draw. The burn was a bit unruly but not too bad.
Nice, firm white ash. The flavor was somewhat less than I was expecting. It seemed to be, for lack of a better word,…flat. I really like the CAO line of smokes but to me, CAO Mx2 was not on a par with some others I have smoked. Towards the middle , it picked up a little depth but it was still rather thin, flavor-wise. Almost like if you add too much cream in a cup of coffee…the cocoa and coffee notes were there but they were distant. By the end, it started to have a slight bitterness but not untolerabley so.
I believe for the price of these smokes (around $100+ a box), they should be a little better than this one was. Perhaps this C.A.O. Mx2 Belicoso sat too long. Seems like I recall reading somewhere that maduros will fade faster than other smokes. Although I will say that I have not had other maduros lose their flavor.
Cigar review by padronnut
The CAO Mx2 has a pretty solid construction, very pleasing to the eye. Great banding as with almost all of the CAO line. Pre-lite aroma has a nice hint of coffee. The lighting portion was very easy, the first thoughts came off with a light note of wood with the draw began a little firm and the exhale smoke just above moderate. The burn was very good with a solid light grey ash that was a touch flaky. The draw remained a little firm throughout the second half with some faint notes of coffee and creme with a nice sweetness to the aftertaste. As the third part of this smoke came to be the draw loosed to be very nice and the exhale grew to good at best. Pepper and creme as this one finished, all in all a pretty good cigar. Mild to medium bodied.
Personal rating 84.
Again Tim Ozenger has gotten us, he is a marketing genius. Every time I pick up a CAO I usually can not wait to get it home rest it a bit then smoke it with very high expectations. I have yet to find a bad CAO but on the other hand I have never found a great CAO. I feel that CAO tries to do to much with the fillers using 4 different leaves for the filler portion of the MX2 (Dom. Rep, Honduras, Nic. and Peru)I found it as Hoot stated flat in flavor shown by the 84 rating I give it. I would have to think this smoke would need to sit over a year to blend properly. I will continue to smoke CAO with expectations. I did purchase two of these CAO Mx2, the second will wait a long time before it comes out……
I do like this line and hope we continue to do it.
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What better day to announce a new cigar called America than on Independence Day? CAO announced today that the new America cigar will make its debut at the RTDA 75th Annual Convention and International Trade Show in Houston Texas. The American will be a full body smoke that sports two American-grown wrapper leaves, one Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and one Connecticut Shade. Inside there is a Brazilian binder and 100% ligero filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Italy, U.S.A., and the Dominican Republic. They will be available in three shapes, Potomac (5″ x 56), the torpedo-shaped Monument (6 1/4″ x 54), and Landmark (6″ x 60).
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