4 out of 5
This review concerns the CAO Mx2 Belicoso, a long, fat torpedo, of which I've smoked 14 of 20. First the good points. These are a very tasty cigar, with strong hints of coffee, which I find very appealing. The odor is pleasant, and they are among the best I've had. The burn is fairly consistent, varying, of course, from cigar to cigar, but over all, they smoke well. That said, there are a few issues, primarily associated with this particular version of the Mx2. As a torpedo, they are prone to raveling at the cut end, even from the first puff. Also, the cigar's taste is affected about half way through. Shorter Mx2's seem to give a more even smoke, so I must recommend those, as the medium-full flavor is strongly influenced by the smoke passing through it. In addition, the round tipped cigars are much less prone to unravel. Finally, there is a strong odor of ammonia that comes from the wrapper. This is not surprising in tobacco products today, but since smoke follows heat, and I live in a climate that is cold in winter, the smoke from the wrapper travels up the cigar, and can hit the nose with enough power to make the eyes water and nose smart, in the same way smelling salts do. If you smoke these, be aware of the smoke from the tip.
The 4/5 score pertains to the Belicoso, and the shorter Mx2's I've had would get 5/5.
5 out of 5
I tried these on the recommendation of a friend. Glad I did!! At first light, an immediately creamy cigar with a ton of smoke output! And it puts off a ton of foot smoke (which I love). It stays creamy all the way through but builds a peppery, slightly spicy finish in the last third. I loved this cigar. Period.