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Monday, 01 July 2013

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We have two quality cigars on tap for today’s reviews, beginning with the CAO Brazilia Carnivale and ending with the Esteban Carreras Covenant Robusto.

CAO Brazilia Carnivale

The Brazilia Carnivale is another colorful creation from the folks at CAO.  The Carnivale is actually a new addition to the Brazilia line, and it features a revamped composition based on the original.  Described as a spicier version from the line, CAO released the Carnivale in March in limited quantities.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on one, and I’m expecting some big things from this rather large cigar.  Will it deliver?  It’s time to find out.

The CAO Brazilia Carnivale measures 6 ½ x 60 and comes in a box-pressed shape.  The cigar begins with a filler of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobaccos.  The binder is Brazilian, and a Habano Grueso wrapper is the final piece of the puzzle.  It’s worth noting that the binder is actually the wrapper from the original.  The wrapper on the Carnivale is a new addition, and so is some Ligero tobacco to the core.  This spicy combination is said to result in a full-bodied experience.

I love the appearance of CAO cigars.  They have some of the best marketing and design in the business, and the Brazilia Carnivale is no exception.  The top band features the CAO Brazilia name and is large and colorful.  The colors of the Brazilian flag (yellow, green, blue) really stand out along with some gold accents.  The band at the foot uses a similar color scheme and features the Carnivale name in elegant cursive.  The bands are not the only impressive aspect of the Carnivale’s appearance, as its box-pressed shape looks great as well.  Did I discuss the size yet?  It’s huge!  Definitely not for the faint of heart or fans of cigars with smaller ring gauges.  The wrapper is very dark and features a nice oily sheen.  A few medium sized veins are visible.  The cigar feels firm to the touch with no soft spots. Overall the construction appears to be superb.  Before lighting, there’s a chocolate aroma, while the flavor is spicy.

Once in action, the Brazilia Carnivale has a decent burn.  The ash is gray and long.  The draw is good, and there’s more than enough thick smoke that is produced.  The burn does act a bit fickle at times, and a few touch-ups are required along the way.  No re-lights are necessary.  Again, this is a big cigar and takes about two hours to finish off, so make sure you have some time on your hands.






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