CAO Brazilia

Origin: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size Name: Gol!
Length: 5.00
Ring Gauge: 56
Strength: Medium – Full

A few weeks back I ordered a sampler from Cigars International called Heavy Honduran Hubbub from the Friday Night fights section of their mailer. Included were five C.A.O. Brazilia – Gol! and five Hoyo de Monterrey – Factory Fresh Governors. Last night I decided to fire up one of the C.A.O. Brazilias.

The funny thing about this cigar is that I have had one in the past and I absolutely hated it. When I first started smoking cigars a friend of mine made some recommendations for me to pick up when I went to the local cigar shop. When I got to the shop I paced around in the humidor for about 15 minutes just looking around before a sales associate came in and asked if I needed help. He collected a couple of the cigars I didn’t find and told me that he did not have any of CAO Cameroons that were on my to try list, but he did have the Brazilias. He told me they are very alike, you should like this one. I made my purchase, went right home and fired up the CAO. Needless to say, it wasn’t anything like what my friend described to me when referring to the Cameroon.

Now back to the cigar at hand. The first thing you will notice when picking up this cigar is the large attractive band. The colors are those of the Brazilian flag, which adds a nice flare to the overall Brazilia experience. The wrapper is very dark and oily, with a firm texture. The wrapper was relatively smooth. I only had a couple of veins that ran the length of the cigar.

I used my plug cutter to pierce the cap. When checking the pre light draw I had some resistance, but the kind you look for in a good cigar.

Lighting this cigar was effortless and produced lots of flavorful smoke. I was getting hints of bitter chocolate on the initial puff which meshed well with the initial medium body of this particular stick. The smoke was very rich, creamy and light on the pallet.

After a few puffs the chocolate flavor disappeared and the rich Maduro wrapper really started to become the dominant flavor. I was getting a very even burn and a firm light grey ash. The resting smoke was about average and the burn was nice and slow.

Not too much further into the stick I was hit with a barrage of flavors. I was getting a nutty flavor, as well as pepper, bitter chocolate, and a sort of woodsy flavor. All of which seemed to come and go quickly which really added to the complexity and made for a great smoke.

When I got to about two inches remaining in the cigar, the quick and subtle flavors stopped and I was left with a rich Maduro flavor. This flavor hit its peak in strength right about where the band would be located. At this point the cigar was of the full bodied variety producing lots of rich and creamy smoke. Even with the fuller flavor the finish was easy on the pallet and made for an enjoyable experience.

Overall I think this is an excellent cigar and a must try for any Maduro lover.

My review sheet can be found below.

Rating Sheet: 91/100