Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Rosado
Binder and Filler: Honduran
Price: Only available in CRA sampler – $90.00 as a member
Behind The Stick:
For some of us who have already joined CRA (Cigar Rights Of America) the broadcasting of their new ten cigar sampler #1 caused a few to join the organization simply due to their ‘special’ blends that were specifically produced for this sampler. Please, give the time to check out all the other (the main reason) aspects to this organization for if you enjoy a cigar indoors/patio you may owe that acknowledged freedom to them. Many of these blends are some that are available as normal production but hard to come by (the Tatuaje Black for example) or some that have a special oomph that makes it a totally different blend only available to those members within the CRA. This stick is one of those magic pieces that they included into the sampler.
The CAO LX2 on its own is a very well known, highly enjoyed cigar by many aficionados and in an attempt to maintain this, but also offering something special and new, they changed the wrapped from a sun grown leaf to this Nicaraguan grown Rosado wrapper. Tim Ozgener was quoted on the CRA site saying “The exquisite Rosado wrapper imparts a pleasant floral note upon the flavor profile, which balances superbly with the three different ligero fillers.” Even reading the captions about these cigars, I can’t help but beginning to drool – Lets just see if the hype lives up to the product! As a point to be made also, this is a first impression smoke, I only was able to enjoy a single of these.
Did I hear someone say there was oil on this cigar? Holy cow, I pulled this one out of the humidor after 3 or 4 months and the oil on this bad boy was still very apparent, the oils seeming as if they would rub off on my hand. The packing of this cigar was near flawless which really surprised me for most CAO’s I have had before were a bit loose towards the end of the foot. Triple cap was expertly placed and the band was slightly pliable letting me know that no excessive amounts of glue were used. All in all, for a limited edition “one of a kind” it delivered exactly as I would have expected.
I think that Tim got the explanation of the flavors down almost perfectly from what I noticed, which makes the smoke that much better in my opinion. So often we hear the cigar will taste like one thing yet when we actually lite it up there is a totally different profile. Spice and wood drive the cigar throughout, while near the middle portion a defining change into more chocolate type flavor really started to set this cigar off. Right as it got into the “sweet spot” of the smoke, I started picking out more of these floral notes Tim had described. It was not harsh or overpowering but once I sat back and actually paying attention to them, the flavors melted very well together wrapping up with wood, chocolate and ‘floral notes’. I really wish I could have smoked more of these, not only to actually ‘pin down’ the flavors but also because this was a really nice smoke!
If you have not already joined the CRA I highly recommend it. I have a link on the right hand side of my page with a direct connection to the site where you can find information on all the great things they do for the rights of smokers in the United States. This is one of those cigars that if you can find it, grab it and let it sit for a few months, kick back and enjoy one of the finest, and original ‘twist’ of a new wrapper on a classic and favorite blend. This is just one of the many cigars that the CRA sampler offers but has earned its place in my top 3 of these rare cigars.
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