Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CAO Mx2 Box Press Review

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Peruvian, Dominican
Price: $7.00 - $8.00

This line was one of my go-to cigars back in college. I always like the full body and pepper flavor. Well three months ago I picked up the box press because it was the first time I had seen it. I learned from college that this line always tasted better with a couple months rest to them. So after sitting for three month, I decided it was the perfect time to smoke.

The one thing I notice about this cigar is the shade of the maduro wrappers. This stick is almost black. The wrapper is very smooth with no big veins throughout it. This one is very solid and the box press is very sharp. The edges are not rounded much at all. The cap is perfectly flush. This stick actually gives off a slight sweet and bitter smell before it is lit.

The flavor is very nice right off of the light. There is a nice amount of spice and creaminess to start it all off. Very quickly, a chocolate flavor enters and knocks the spice down immediately. About an inch into this stick, the smoke is very sweet and the spice is just an accent. The chocolate flavor is very pleasant and just becomes stronger and stronger.

By halfway the creaminess is now gone. Some earthy tones wind up coming out. Little bits of wood and leather combine with the chocolate to create a very complex flavor profile. The little bit of leather combines with the spice to coat the palate. With the leather and spice lingering, the chocolate flavor sets off the taste buds. The good thing is that the spice never became overpowering.

The finish was very nice. The earth and wood notes became very strong. The spice and chocolate are a perfect compliment to each other throughout the last couple inches. The finish becomes very smooth.

The ash is actually pretty good on this one. It held on about halfway and was a medium to dark shade. There was no problem with the draw whatsoever. The smoke was very thick and creamy and gave off a spicy and earthy aroma. The burn on the other hand was awful. It started off canoeing, then started the burn up the side. About when there were two inches left the burn finally evened out.

Well the flavor was just as great as I remember it being, but the burn could have been way better. The burn pattern will not steer me clear of another on of these because they are really good. I give it a 7 out of 10 because of the burn.


Zack the Stogie Man

1 comment:

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