CAO Brazilia Samba Cigar Review

February 12, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review 

I smoked one of these a while ago and did a review on it. Here’s what I had to say about it:

    I have to say that these flavors are not all that strong. If I am smoking a great cigar the flavors will just flood my mouth. This isn’t the case here. The flavors here are very subtle. Also, halfway through this cigar becomes more full bodied, however, it isn’t solidly full bodied yet.
    Three quarters of the way through and the draw unfortunately worsens. That means the flavors weaken even more and, overall, the cigar just gets worse. I just didn’t like this one all that much.

    85 points

Fortunately, this one was better. Here’s the review:

It has a little amount of oil on the wrapper. Very black wrapper. The construction looks good and I am having Wild Turkey and a glass bottle of Coke along with this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Torpedo
Lenght: 6 1/4″
Ring Guage: 54
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $7.00

Miss America Flame!

Notes of coffee and chocolate. Some spice. It has a great draw. There’s also an earthiness to this cigar. These flavors are good and true.

I am also getting this modicum of sweetness an inch in. There is also a welcomed bitterness here that moderates the slight sweetness.

The coffee is not that strong; it’s almost like it tastes like watered-down black coffee. This is a medium-full bodied cigar. When I retrohale the smoke I do get peppery notes.

It is burning evenly. The earthiness has almost completely gone away. The main flavor, thankfully, is coffee halfway through. Another plus is that it burns very slowly. Swimsuits – YEAH! Go Miss Iowa! (Yes, I was watching the Miss America pageant and, unfortunately, my pick lost.)

The last third the pepper really comes through. Good, evolving flavors. I like it a lot more than the previous one.

90 points

Reviews from others:

At epinions.com it gets 4.5/5 stars. One reviewer said “The most important part of a cigar is, of course, the flavor, and with this the Brazilia does not falter. This is a very rich and powerful cigar that I would not recommend for the weak of palliate. The flavor is overwhelming in its aroma of bitter chocolate, cedar, and espresso coffee. As you smoke the cigar it actually richens and becomes bitter in a pleasant way that I can best describe as the bitterness you would find in a good cup of coffee.”

Mombu.com gave this cigar a B and had some problems with the burn and did not like the strength of this cigar.

Mike Salsbury gave it 7.5/10 points and said “The flavor was a bit intense in the first half inch or so, then mellowed out a bit. The smoke was very thick and white, visible all the way from my mouth to the ceiling. My wife found the aroma of the smoke pleasant, as did I. Nevertheless, she asked me to close the sliding glass door to the house while I sat on the screened-in porch smoking it with a beer (the “Grotten Brown” Belgian Ale that Michael Jackson the beer expert rated the best of 2005). The flavor to me was very good, with a hint of a pleasing leathery taste and a very light peppery touch to it. A couple of unintentional breaths of the smoke into my lungs (I normally do not inhale the smoke into my lungs, like – I gather – most of you) were tolerable and didn’t make me want to cough like many cigars do. I got a mild “buzz” off the CAO Brazilia Samba, far less than I did from the Perdomo Reserve Cabinet Series I had last week in Florida, but noticeable (and no, I’m sure it wasn’t the beer).”

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