Origin : Brazil
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Brazil
Binder : Brazil
Price : MSRP: $12.50
Thanks to GVG International for providing this sample for review!
This is my first try at a Brazilian Puro, so I didn't know what to expect with this cigar. My only experience with Brazilian tobacco is with the CAO Brazilia, which has a Brazilian wrapper. Based on that, I was expecting a full bodied cigar, though that's not what I got...
This cigar was rustic looking with a toothy Colorado shade wrapper that looked to be rather sloppily applied. It had an earthy toasted smell at cold.
The burn on this cigar was staggered at times, but it wasn't a big deal. The draw was fine and it didn't require any relights, only a few touch ups to even out the burn.
This cigar started out smoothly and developed some nice earthy and nutty flavors after about the 1st half an inch. There were some slight hints of leather and toasted tobacco as well. I would describe this cigar as being mild-medium bodied, which is contrary to what I expected going in. The second half saw a mocha like finish develop, which was the highlight of this cigar's smoking experience. The Dona Flor was consistently smooth and pleasant, and exhibited above average complexity for a lighter bodied cigar. My only complaint is that I got a little bored with it at times, expecially during the first half.
The MSRP on this cigar is $12.50, which is a very steep price, especially for a lighter bodied cigar. It doesn't seem that readily available either, though I did find one retailer that carried it and had it on sale for $84.95 a box of 10. I would be more likely to buy this cigar if it was priced in the $6.00 - $7.50 range.
Overall Rating :
This cigar was an enjoyable experience overall, and was impressively flavorful for a mild - medium bodied cigar. It is advertised as a full bodied smoke, though I don't see it. Perhaps the one I smoked was the exception; however, I didn't have time to smoke another before reviewing. Regardless, I would definitely recommend trying.