Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CAO LX2 Review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper type: Colorado
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Length: 5”
Ring: 52
Cost: $6.50

Appearance (0-20): Just from observation, I feel that black cigar bands give the stick a more powerful feeling.  The double black bands give you some forethought that you will experience from strength and spice.  The bands are nicely done with black, gold, and pewter coloring.  The medium brown wrapper comes together nicely, yet there is a vein and seams along the cap.

Score: 17

Construction (0-20): Upon further inspection, the cigar feels solid in the hand.  It was very well packed, which unfortunately led to a tougher draw than I would have liked.  While it wasn’t plugged, a double draw was needed to get any sorts of smoke.  The best part about the construction was the ash.  It was a nice gray ash, which coiled tightly for close to 2 inches.  The burn was even and cool, yet accompanied with a burdensome draw.

Score: 16

Strength (0-20): From initial impression and reading some reviews, I was expecting a little bit more heft.  For those unknowing, the LX2 stands for Ligero times 2.  This was closer to a higher medium or medium-full smoke.  Definitely not a full bodied stick for me, yet the flavor was good.

Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): Hoping for a nice kick in the teeth, the first couple of draws actually gave me sweetness.  After about an inch, the sweetness faded substantially and moved into a strong oak and earthy taste.  Additionally, you will get a pepper spice that moves in an out, but nothing that is sustained.  Overall it was enjoyable, but could have used more spice for me.

Score: 17

Value (0-20): For around $6.50, it’s definitely a good smoke to try.  I’ve had one before I started to review, and thought that it was a bit stronger.  I would like to grab another and hope for something better. Again, not a bad price for what you get.

Score: 17

Additional Notes: Smoked on the deck, paired with lemonade

Overall (0-100): CAO puts out some good sticks, yet I don’t often smoke them.  I loved the Brazilia, and was hoping this would be similar with additional heft.  Unfortunately, I was left wanting more.  The bad draw was very contributing, along with the lack of strength.  For now, this is where I leave you.  Hopefully I can revisit this stick soon with a different outcome.

Score: 84

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