CIgar Review: CAO Bratalia

CAO Bratalia

CAO Bratalia

I was originally going to save this cigar to smoke with Jery Cruz and the boys from this weekend at the IPCPR but due to some family issues I had to bale at the last minute. A part of me is second guessing my decision to do so but I know I made the right decision. So with the guys heading down to New Orleans today for for the annual cigar trade show I decide to spark up this limited edition CAO that is part of the Escaparate series. This one is exclusive to the Old Virgina Tobacco Company.

Cigar: CAO Bratalia
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Unknown (Brazil?)
Binder: Unknown (Honduras?)
Filler: Unknown (Italy, Nicaragua, Peru?)
Strength: Medium/Full

On a side note, there is no official information on the make up of these cigars. The information above is a guess on my part. I would like to consider it an educated guess but only the boys from CAO know for sure.

Appearance and Construction (19/20): This cigar is different then the limited edition barber pole Bratalia of the past. The cigar has a gorgeous dark wrapper with virtually no veins. The robusto cigar is well rolled, with a nice cap. The wrapper has some oils visible and there are no soft sports to speak of. The band reminds me of a soccer club with crest in the center. The colors are a mixture of the Brazilia and Italia cigars. There is a secondary band with Old Virginia on it, the cigar shop that sells these exclusively.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): Based upon the sweetness of the prelight draw I am fairly certain there is some Peruvian tobacco present. The first third of the cigar compliments the cup of coffee I am drinking as the notes are that of coffee, light and sweet. The way I drink it which will make you purists cringe. There is wood notes there as well, so far this cigar is an enjoyable start to my day. The second half of the cigar the notes of coffee remain but there is a chocolate sweetness there as well. The final third of the cigar had some earthy notes with coffee on the finish.

Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The cigar burns a tad uneven, and I tried to hold off touching it up but about half way it needed one. The ash however was incredibly tight and white. It held on well past me touching it up and the draw was one of the best I ever had.

Overall (23/25): This cigar for me is as enjoyable as the mx3. It kills me that such a good cigar is limited to one store, and while the price might be a little bit high I could see this becoming a go to smoke. The is an exceptional smoke that I thoroughly enjoyed to the nub.

Rating: 91
Price: $12.00

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  • Mike – KnightRid

    nice review! Sounds like a great cigar, but…

    I would love to try these escaparate cigars, but I just wont go through all the extra cost involved in getting them to me. If they cant have them at more B&M stores, then I just wont bother.

    Oh and not to pick on CAO – I dont like Rocky Patel doing it, or ANY other manufacturer doing it. If you want it to be a limited release, then sell the damn things direct and be done with it.


  • Barry

    I agree, hunting them down is annoying. CAO should of gone direct with these.

  • TriMarkC

    I hope that CAO will offer this cigar to a much wider audience very soon! Not only are the Brazilia and the Italia two of my favorite CAO cigars, but your review just puts it over the top for me! Now I GOTTA try it! Thanx! :-)

  • Jeremy

    I am selling 3 unopened boxes of CAO cigars and this is what I have: 50 Escaparate Bratalia, 20 Soprano Boss, and 20 Criollo Bomba. $400 for all 3 boxes if anyone is interested. All fresh in the factory unopened box. email me at jmd212002 @ yahoo. com if interested

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