Thursday, February 12, 2015

CAO Mx2 Rabid Reindeer

CAO Rabid Reindeer Cigar
I get a real kick out of reviewing "series" cigars and this is the third installment of the "Holiday Series" from CAO Cigars, the Mx2 Rabid Reindeer. Again this Holiday Series cigar came from Cigar Train here in Spokane. 

Like the others in the series, the 6 1/2 x 52 Rabid Reindeer is a limited release of 2000 boxes of 14 cigars, but the Rabid Reindeer is based on the MX2.

Construction of this cigar is near perfect. The stout, oily, maduro colored wrapper appears seamless, there's some sandpaper-like tooth and it's nearly vein free. There's a nice triple cap and the cigar is packed well full length. 

From the cold foot there's a hearty aroma of earthy cocoa and the free cold draw reminds me of  spicy cocoa. 

Once burning the cigar produces a nice amount of medium bodied smoke with nuances of stone fruit, cocoa and fermented tobacco. As the razor sharp burn moves up the body there are other notes of toast, earth, and leather with a lingering chocolate aftertaste on the palate. 

In the final third the strength moves into the full body range and the flavors shift to a mix of charcoal, cream and chocolate, my favorite "burnt mocha" mix. This was a very tasty cigar. 

I thought the Rabid Reindeer was a nice cigar. It had a seventy minute smoking time, a razor sharp burn, great flavors and the wrapper developed a deep oily sheen as cigar turned to ash. 

Rated 94