Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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The CAO Brazilia Samba measures 6.25x54. The Brazilia line also comes in six other sizes that bear some interesting Brazilian-themed names: the 4x38 Cariocas, the 4.5x46 Piranha, the 5x56 Gol, the 6x50 Lambada, and the 7x50 Ipanema. The Samba has a Nicaraguan filler and binder. It also has a dark Brazilian Cameroon wrapper. Handmade in Nicaragua, the Brazilia line is categorized as full-bodied.


Appearance-wise, the CAO Brazilia Samba is an attractive stick thanks to its band near the head. The band is very colorful, as with many other CAO bands, and it sports the yellow, blue, and green colors of the Brazilian flag. The middle of the band shows the CAO name, and below it is the Brazilia label. The cigar's wrapper has a rich, dark color along with an oily sheen. Some veins are noticeable throughout the body and giving a quick feel lets you know that the cigar is packed very firmly. Before striking a match an earthy scent and cold taste is present.

Once it begins burning, the Brazilia Samba does so in an even fashion. Touch-ups are not needed, and the draw is pleasant. Solid ash also comes along for the ride. The flavors experienced keep you on your toes and definitely back the cigar's full-bodied distinction. Some earth kicks off the smoke, as was present in the cold taste and smell. Later some leather joins the party, along with a peppery and spicy taste. This is toned down a bit with some sweetness that comes into play. Finally, there are some notes of dark chocolate and coffee as well that round out the cigar. You may want to give this one a try with a cup of coffee.

From the start, just by looking at the Brazilia Samba, I had a feeling I would enjoy it, and I did. The band put me in a festive mood, and there were zero complaints regarding the burn. The flavors provided plenty of entertainment for my palate as well. I wouldn't recommend this cigar for beginners, as it may be too strong. Full-bodied fans should definitely give it a try. The same goes for followers of the CAO brand. Just make sure you smoke it after a meal, and give it some time as it is a long smoke. The price is not bad either, at around $6 to $7 per single. You can also find the Samba in packs of five or boxes of twenty. The CAO Brazilia Samba earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

I hope you enjoyed my accounts of these two smoking experiences. Stay tuned for more!









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