Several months ago when CAO began advertising their X2 lines I became very curious and started to search them out at my local cigar shops. Unfortunately I did not have any luck finding one of the two sticks to try. After a few weeks of looking, CAO ran a quiz on their website which asked questions about their new CX2 cigar. I was fortunate enough to guess all the answer correctly and win a free CX2 Cigar.
I really enjoyed that cigar and it began to peak my interest in the MX2 line. After a few weeks of searching the local shops with no luck, I decided to call it quits and put more time and effort into tracking down other cigars.
About a month or so ago, I came across several boxes at a new cigar shop I was frequenting. I grabbed a couple sticks and headed home with a new found interest in smoking the MX2.
After a few weeks of rest I finally decided to light one up and give it a try. The wrapper was very dark with an oily feel and rich aroma. After inspecting the cigar I removed my cutter from its case and clipped the cap of my cigar. The result was a clean crisp cut which gave way to a smooth and flavorful pre light draw. Toasting and lighting was quick and easy which produced a good volume of thick smoke.
The first third of the cigar started off with a Medium Body and a dense Maduro flavor that consisted of Earthy and Coffee tones. The finish was rich and creamy while being soft of the palate. The draw was excellent and produced lots of thick smoke. The ash was light grey and firm.
As I smoked into the second third, the earthy tones began to fade and were replaced by flavors of bitter chocolate. This flavor, in addition to the coffee, made for a rich and enjoyable smoke. The finish remained smooth and creamy and the body remained Medium. The burn rate was nice and slow, but the burn was becoming uneven. The burn corrected itself after a short while and everything was back to normal.
After reaching the final third, I found myself enjoying this stick much less than before. The base flavor remained rich with Coffee and Bitter Chocolate tones, but the flavors of the Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper were coming through heavily. Prior to this, the flavor mixed very well with the Brazilian Binder making a flavor combination I really enjoyed. The body remained Medium and the finish was still rich and creamy. The burn rate was slow and produced a firm, light grey ash.
When the cigar was about an inch and half long, I was forced to put it out. The Connecticut Broadleaf flavor became too much for me and I could no longer enjoy the smoke. This is not to say that others will not enjoy the flavor, I just have developed a disliking for the particular flavor the tobacco produces.
Overall I think that this is a stick that any Maduro lover should add to their shopping list.