It is a beautiful afternoon here in Oregon, time for a rare non-evening cigar. The CAO CX2, which stands for Cameroon wrapper times two, should be a perfect afternoon cigar with it’s mild tobacco wrapper and filler.
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Binder: African Cameroon
Filler: Nicaraguan, Colombian
The light brown wrapper has a slight oil sheen, feels silky smooth, and has minimal visible veins. A small guillotine cut is plenty for an open draw, I figured it would be, the cigar has an overall light hand-feel.
Pre-light aroma is full of sweet raisiny tobacco with an over-ripe funk to it.
Flavor and smoke
After toasting, lighting and letting the CX2 settle, I notice a simple flavor profile heavy in sweet tobacco and cashew. Cameroon tobacco has a lovely natural sweetness to it, although this is closing in on too much, at least for a mild cigar.
The cashew/nuts are also a prime time note in the CX2. I do like nutty and sweet notes, but mainly when they are balanced with other nice flavors such as spice and/or espresso, both which are lacking, at least so far.
Instead of a nice spice on the finish, the CX2 has a zesty mint nuance, much like peppermint. This is even more prominent while retro-haling, although it isn’t overpowering and the retro is smooth.
The burn is getting uneven toward the halfway point, part of this could be that I got distracted for a few minutes, but a well constructed cigar should be able to handle up to 5 minutes away.
It worked itself out nicely, no lighter touch up needed.
Not a whole lot to write about since the halfway mark, finishing up now, the CAO has been flavor-same throughout my smoking session. I have had several CX2’s and they have always been consistent and decent cigars.
A one dimensional cigar, the CAO CX2 will disappoint if you are looking for a complex stick. I however do not rate cigars on complex vs. simple flavor profiles, it is depends on what a smoker is in the mood for.
The CAO CX2 is a mild cigar in strength, and mild-medium in flavor, this could make it a nice morning cigar with coffee, or a cigar to have before a stronger one. It was overall enjoyable, with good flavors, but do not expect to be highly entertained or wowed by the tobacco in the CAO CX2. Still, it is a good cigar for the price, and works well if your mind is occupied with other activities while smoking.
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Smoke time: 50 minutes
Main tasting notes: Nutty, sweet, peppermint
Construction Easy draw, some uneven burn
Cigar paired with: Starbucks iced latte
Price opinion: 👍🏻