Size: 6 x 60
Binder and Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
This stick was picked up from the 2010 IPCPR trade show by @jakrell who was lucky enough to visit New Orleans. He was such a nice guy he ended up sending me a stick for review, and being the big CAO fan I am I couldn’t say no! I was only able to smoke a single, so this will be another installment of just a taste. From what I have been able to find, this blend is similar to the normal LX2 although naturally the larger ring gauge will yield a higher filler to wrapper ratio which will also include a bit more ligero to the mix, can’t wait!
As with all CAO cigars, their attention to detail has not been jeopardized with this newer, massive ring gauge. Evenly packed, perfectly capped and ready to smoke! CAO does seem to burst my bubble pretty often though with regards to the bands and this big boy had the same issue, a small amount of glue had either rubbed off or had been applied in haste ensuring that the band and the wrapper were one – which did cause a small bit of damage when removing the band. Son of a bitch.
Sweet tobacco mixed with bitter (but enjoyable) coffee and wood flavorings makes this monster sixty ring actually a lot more balanced than I was initially expecting. Near the middle portion the pepper became almost overpowering causing me to slow a bit, but I was rewarded with a slight step down in intensity helping to round out the smoke. Lesson learned on my side!
Personally I am not the biggest fan of the large ring gauges but I can see how this could potentially end up in someones regular rotation. The flavors were well defined and surprisingly very well balanced with the exception of the overwhelming pepper near the middle which may have been caused by my lack of restraint and smoking too fast. This was not exactly a Cain F when it comes to potency but it damn was it close – so I would highly recommend a medium to large meal before hand – as well the smoke is very thick and dried out my mouth a bit, just an excuse to drink more! As I said before, if your a fan of the big ring gauges or want to try another great smoke from CAO, give the CAO LX2 Sixty a try.
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