Size: Lambada (6×50)
Construction: Rich dark wrapper with some veins that run throughout. CAO Brazilia is rolled nicely and I can not locate any soft spots yet I wouldn’t say the stick was firm.
Draw: CAO gives all their cigars a draw test so you can only expect that most of the sticks will draw very well. With any CAO cigars I tend to punch but a cut will work just as well.
Burn: CAO Brazilia happens to have a burn that is just a little bit jagged. The ash is a gray color and is just average. It will not fall on you unexpectedly but do not expect to stand the cigar on the ash. Smoke was again just average but left your mouth with a little spice.
Taste: Lush tobacco and smoke with a hint of sweetness. Typical Brazilian maduro wrapper is giving the cigar a medium body.
Cigar is tasty but is lacking any unique flavors. You really get a good sense of the tobacco with a hint of sweetness. The Brazilia smoke is leaving a little spicy on the palate.
The CAO Brazilia is very consistent in flavors to this point. Sweetness still lingers with a slightly spicy smoke in the finish. CAO Brazilia is a clean cigar that is good for refreshing the palate.
Through the entire cigar you will also receive hints of coffee that seem to dance in and out of the smoke. If you smoke this cigar too hot you will end up with a bitter taste at the end, so be careful.
Final Verdict: A lounge will carry the CAO Brazilia in the $6.xx-7.xx range. The online retailers seem to have it in the low $6.xx. CAO Brazilia is a cigar that needs to be in your humidor. It works as a sweet maduro cigar that can deliver some spice and stay interesting from start to finish. However the Brazilia can also be the cigar that helps you clean the palate or throw something new into the rotation. So buy half a box, pick up a couple of sticks, and enjoy the smoke (but it may not be interesting enough for a full box purchase).
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