Cigars Direct was nice enough to send me some MX2’s for review. After smoking those down, I wanted to review the same cigar that had been sitting in my humidor for at least two years. The CAO MX2 has quite a mix of tobaccos. Most notably is the outer Connecticut maduro wrapper, and the Brazilian maduro binder. Hence the name MX2, or “Maduro times two.” I’m pairing this cigar with water and a bit of Glenfiddich 18 year scotch.

Wrapper: Connecticut Maduro

Binder: Brazil

Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican, Peru

Size:  – Toro 6×54

Price: 6 – $7.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The dark maduro wrapper was a bit veiny and oily. Despite quite a few blemishes everything looked decent. The cigar was moderately packed but not too tight or loose. When I sniffed the wrapper, it had a very unique wood and sweet spice odor. I can’t explain well enough to give it justice. The foot had a similar smell, but not as strong. The pre-light draw was a little snug for my liking, with a taste of natural tobacco, wood and earth. The burn required several corrections, and the ash held for around an inch before falling off on my keyboard.



The first third began just as I though it would. A lot of the flavor profile screamed of another maduro cigar, which isn’t a bad thing. A sweet spice through the sinus, with an underlying chocolate. On top of those flavors stood smooth earthy notes.


The second third began with a dominant chocolate flavor. Directly behind it was another unidentified sweet flavor, followed by earthy notes. A faint pepper remained in the background. It sounds simple enough, and it was for the most part. But there was something more, and I may have to attribute it to the Brazilian binder. Why do I say that? Well, it seems like whenever I smoke a Brazilian puro, I often get stumped with a pleasant yet unidentifiable flavor. Maybe none of this makes sense… Let’s get to the last third.


Last third… Nothing really changed in terms of flavor. The smoke took on a thick feel and coated the mouth. That was really the only change. Hey, this third was easy to review at least.



Was the aged MX2 any better or worse then the fresh one? It definitely wasn’t worse. I couldn’t tell any real differences in taste between them. Cigars Direct has them HERE if you want to give them a try.

If you are a fan of the Camacho triple maduro like I am, you may enjoy this cigar. Although they are similar, they are still different and both are worth trying. Personally, I like the Camacho’s triple maduro a bit more. But that’s just my opinion. The tight draw got on my nerves initially, but luckily the experience as a whole helped me forget about it. This is still a very good medium to full bodied cigar. It’s definitely worth a try.

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