Cigar Review – CAO Brazilia Gol Brazilian Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 56x5
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Draw : ★★☆☆☆☆
Burn : ★★★★★★
Flavour : ★★★☆☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★☆☆☆☆

Tasting
CAO Brazilia 5x56 from a 4-pack sampler. The MX2 from this sampler did not impress, so nothing but higher hopes for the Brazilia. Outside smell is musty earth. Cut end presents cream. Wrapper is dark brown, slightly toothy, tight, invisible seams. Filler is a little lighter than the wrapper. Pack is firm. First tastes - we're off to a good start. It's woody, meaty, tart with a touch of sweetness. Nice flavors. Not quite rich but it's early days into this stick. There is the tiniest bit of spice leftover on the linger and the finish is short. Draw is snug but not troublesome. Burn seems slow but there is a steady amount of smoke coming off the foot. Burnline is decent.

First third down - flavor profile is unchanged. The ash however is changing color. It starts grey but turns brown. Thought it was a trick of the light but no. First ash held to nearly halfway. I would scale the flavor and body at the high end of medium. Some reviewers of earlier vintages reported nut and chocolate notes, but I don't get that. It's still mostly woody with raisiny dried fruit notes, especially in the offsmoke. This is its most redeeming flavor quality but it's good.

Past halfway and it's smoking just fine. An hour in and reaching the final third. Flavor profile is the same, just more cooked. Not really getting any strength, which is a good thing for me. Down to the last inch and there is more ash than cigar, which speaks well for the construction. If anything, the taste has mellowed, no bitterness, not over-charred. The cap is starting to fall apart but that's to be expected this far along It's about to be too hot to hold so kudos for being good to the end. 1.5 hours smoke time

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One Comment on “Cigar Review – CAO Brazilia Gol Brazilian Robusto”

  1. I have had the CAO 4-pack robusto sampler a few times and enjoyed them. The Brazilia Gol, for me, tends to develop nicely in the last two thirds. I tend to like the flavour Brazilian tobacco imparts.

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