Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

User Rating: / 4

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At first glance, the Baccarat Dominican Rothschild's silky smooth wrapper is what really stands out. Hardly any veins are noticeable, and it has a rich, brown color. It's also very firm to the touch and well-packed. The band near the head adds some extra aesthetic touch. The band's black, red, and gold colors really stand out, and it features some playing cards in addition to the Baccarat name. The band itself would make it a good cigar to enjoy at a card game. At the bottom of the band is the date of 1871, which is when Baccarat seemingly began under the supervision of cigar icon H. Upmann. Below the date is the phrase “Dolce Far Niente”, which is Italian and translates to “sweet doing nothing” in English, or “sweet idleness.” A quick smell of the cigar gives off a earth flavor and the cold taste is earthy as well.

After striking the Dominican Rothschild with a match the cigar burns quite well. The draw is solid and it produces a nice, white ash. The flavors offer a nice variety too. The first flavor encountered is of earth, similar to the cold taste. Some wood comes into the equation, and is followed by coffee and additional nutty flavors. Tasty chocolate also makes an appearance near the end. Needless to say, this is a smoke that goes good with a cup of joe.

I must say that I enjoyed the Baccarat Dominican Rothschild. The appearance was really welcoming and the smooth wrapper made me anxious to light it up. The burn had zero problems, and the flavors were very mild and pampered my palate, especially when combined with a cup of coffee. Fans of bold cigars will want to pass on this one, but beginners and medium-bodied followers will definitely want to give it a shot. It's also fairly priced, at around $5 per stick, which is a good value considering its solid construction. If you want to splurge a bit you can opt for a pack of five or a box of 25. The cigar's smooth flavor and even burn earn the Baccarat “The Game” Dominican Rothschild a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

CAO Brazilia Samba


CAO, a well-respected name in the cigar industry, has yet another exotic blend to offer its fans and newcomers alike: the Brazilia Samba. The CAO Brazilia line is one dedicated to the exotic nation also known as Brazil. From the wrapper that adorns the line's cigars to the names attributed to its different vitolas, the CAO Brazilia does a nice job of exuding the unique feel that only Brazil can give. Introduced in 2001, the Brazilia has succeeded in being one of CAO's most popular and highly rated cigar lines to date.

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