Toro, 6" x 54 ring gauge / approx. $6.40 each @ Famous Smoke
During Burns' Membership Renewal Party last November, my friend and CAO rep, Jeff Tinnell, slipped me this CX2, a cigar I had not seen on the shelves in a very long time. When released, this cigar was fairly expensive and did not do all that well--at least that is what I recollect. Production was reduced and the CX2 is now made exclusively for Famous Smoke, a huge online retailer. It consists of Columbian and Nicaraguan filler and Cameroon leaves for binder and wrapper (thus, CX2). This sample came from Jeff's personal collection, I believe, and has a bit of age on it.
The wrapper was a medium-brown with a couple dings--nothing major; I got an aroma of manure from the body and a very similar note on the foot, although maybe not quite as pungent. Overall construction seemed to be excellent and the wrapper had some of that characteristic Cameroon toothiness to it. After cutting I noted a very sweet flavor that had a touch of honey to it; the cold draw was very easy. Once lit the smoke was sweet and somewhat earthy in the mouth, with a strong black pepper blast when brown through the nose.
The CX2 progressed from a sweet, but earthy first third to almost a reversal by the end--quite earthy with still a touch of sweetness. Along the way, there were interesting notes of molasses, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cedar. Overall, a nice cigar but not one I would pay nearly $10 for--what I remember as the original sale price in California (where I lived at the time). As a relative bargain at Famous, though, this would be well worth the price for a 5-pack or even a box if you are a big fan of Cameroon leaf.
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