The CAO LX2 was released by CAO near the end of 2008. The name of the cigar tells its story; it is a “Ligero Times Two” to quote CAO, and is produced at their Pueblo Nuevo farm near Condega, Nicaragua. The wrapper is a sun-grown Nicaraguan, the binder Honduran and the fillers are two different ligero tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It comes in three sizes, Belicoso (6 ½ x 52), Toro (6 x 50) and Robusto (5 x 52).
Flavor and Aroma
The wrapper on this cigar is a tad spicy on first tasting. The aroma is very woodsy and earthy. Even with the spice it started out as a medium cigar. After about 20 minutes the cigar smoothed out with the addition of caramel and cocoa like flavors and the cigar went quickly from medium to bold and very full-bodied and with a strong pepper and oak taste. I am not usually a fan of a strong pepper/paprika taste but it seems to work well for this cigar. I started out smoking this with a double espresso and when I finished the coffee I switched to a single malt scotch. The cigar definitely goes better with scotch (but most things do).
Draw and Construction
This cigar has a very old world rich looking dark wrapper. You can see from the photo that there is some slight variation to the color but it is a very good looking cigar. It is firm and well made with double bands of black and gold. Lighting was easy, draw was easy and the burn was perfect. The ash held on for 2 ¼ “ and total smoke was 1 hour and 10 minutes. Okay, so what did I not like about it to give it only 3 1/2 stars? For one thing, I do not think the Lx2 is quite as good as CAO's Brazillia, and for another, it is also the double bands. They are very difficult to remove without seriously damaging the wrapper. With some careful picking, I was able to remove the first band and keep the cigar in tact, but no such luck on the second and larger band. I know that some cigar etiquette says not to smoke a cigar past the band but these are huge bands. As I removed the second band the wrapper cracked along the seam. This happened on both cigars I smoked for this review.
Other than the problem with the bands this is a great cigar for those that like a bold smoke. It rivals the Oliva Serie V for a good priced double ligero cigar. At around $6 for a robusto, it is a great value.