Brand: CAO Country: Nicaragua
Size: Gol ! 5×56 Wrapper: Arapiraca
Price: $6.80 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
CAO tends to do a nice job with their labels, especially considering most of their cigars are on the middle to lower end of the price spectrum. The Brazilia does a lovely job incorporating the flag of Brazil. The green, yellow and blue really stand out when sitting on a shelf or in your humidor.
What We Liked:
I have to give the Brazilia some credit. A couple years ago, I smoked a cigar that made me nauseous for a few hours afterwards. After that, I thought I was done smoking cigars for good. Then about a year ago, I decided to try smoking cigars again and the Brazilia was what I went with. Thankfully, it was a welcome return to cigar smoking and I wasn’t reminded of the horrible experience from my past.
The Brazilia may be marketed as a full bodied cigar but I didn’t find that to be the case. Though, to be completely honest, the only way I know to distinguish a full bodied cigar is if I stand up after smoking it and find myself lightheaded. This didn’t happen with the Brazilia. By using this Scientific Method, I have determined the Brazilia to be medium bodied.
As always, I used a punch and was treated to a very smooth, easy draw that produced tons of smoke. This is easily one of the smokiest cigars of recent memory. Even when I had the cigar away from my mouth, plumes of smoke were pouring out of the Brazilia. In case you are wondering, “plume” is indeed spelled and used correctly. I looked it up.
If you are looking for complexity in a cigar, you probably won’t find it with the Brazilia. You will get some earthy, coffee flavors that are very pleasant. If that sounds good to you, give the Brazilia a shot. Complexity is overrated; if a cigar has a simple and delicious flavor right off the light, how much do you really want that to change?
What We Didn’t Like:
My own incompetence. I don’t know what was going on in my mind but I lit this cigar like a complete buffoon. This isn’t my first cigar rodeo, but had you watched me light this thing, you wouldn’t believe me. Because of this, I had an irregular burn but I can’t possibly blame it on the construction. Rest assured, the rating below is in no way impacted by my inability to perform. If only my wife were so rational…
There was an issue with the wrapper. Some cigars seem to handle a punch but better than others and the Brazilia is one of the others. The Arapiraca wrapper, originating in Brazil and how this cigar gets its name, immediately started to peel after the cut. This may or may not have been my fault but I did have to lick the wrapper to get it to stay attached. It made me feel like I was rolling a blunt. Hmmm…maybe I should move this to the “what we liked” section.
Should You Buy/Try It
Yeah, why not? This was a gateway cigar for me. I was once scared of full bodied, maduro cigars but this allowed me a ticket to the party without paying for valet. If you buy these cigars by the box, you can typically get them for around $4 a stick. If this turns out be one of your favorites, then that isn’t a bad price. Give it a try!
Interested in trying the CAO Brazilia? You can purchase it here.