This week has been hectic for me. I meant to post this review on Tuesday but the job that pays my bills got in the way. Today’s review is of the CAO Brazilia Box Press and you can win a 5 pack of cigars by answering the question at the end of the review. By leaving a comment you will be selected in a drawing in which a winner will randomly be selected to win the 5 pack.
Cigar: CAO Brazilia
Size: 5.5 x 55 (Box Press Robusto)
Appearance and Construction (17/20): This brand introduced in 2001 is a full bodied cigar with a rich dark wrapper that appears slightly lighter in the box press format. The cigar is spongy to the touch with no soft spots. The leaf of the wrapper has some veins throughout, and the cap of the cigar often features creases from the box pressing procedure. The band on the cigar is among my favorite in the industry with its stunning colors vibrantly standing out against the dark cigar.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): From the get go this cigar produced some nice notes of wood with coffee. The coffee notes are to be expected with a Brazilian wrapper as the country is known for their coffee production. In fact this cigar paired up well with my morning cup of coffee as I sat in my familiar smoking grounds of the beach. As I watched the whitecaps in the distance I slowly worked my way through this cigar. As I reached the 2nd third of the cigar the notes become primarily coffee with the occasional bitter dark chocolate thrown in. The final third of this enjoyable smoke was coffee with a slighter bitterness as the cigar smoked a little hot.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The ash of the cigar was not as strong as I would of liked with some significant flake once the initial ash is lost. The burn of the cigar is fairly even although toward the final third a slight canoe formed. The draw of the cigar was loose, and bit more then I would like, but it did not take away from the smoking experience.
Overall (24/25): Definitely my favorite cigar in the Brazilia line. Not only is the cigar priced right, but the consistancy of the cigars is virtually dead on with ever smoke. The box pressed is more flavorful then the other lines, but not nearly as strong. Someone in a shop asked me why I thought the cigar was more flavorful then the other line, and I said it was because of the box press compression. Not understanding how this was possible, I used the analogy of a cheese sandwhich. If you take a sandwhich and press it with your hands, the flavors are more intense. The same works for cigars. Not the best analogy in the world, but it serves its purpose.
Price: $86.99 for a box of 20 at Famous Smoke
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