Archive for April 2, 2012

CAO Brazilia Box Pressed

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 2, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Brazil

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5 ½ x 54

Pre Light

I want to say up front that I like box press smokes. I don’t know if it’s the way it feels in my hand or the natural feel of the shape on my lips I just like them. The wrapper on the Brazilia is a dark oily shade of brown with no protruding veins of visible flaws. The cigar is well packed from head to foot and has a sweet barnyard aroma off the cold wrapper. After clipping of the cap and taking a few drags off the unlit cigar I am getting a cocoa and pepper flavor on my palette. The draw seems very loose but we will have to see if that affects the burn.

1st Third

The cigar starts off with a sweet coffee flavor along with a slight wood after taste. The smoke coming off the head and foot is immense. With the draw being so loose and the amount of smoke coming off the cigar I’m wondering if it’s going to start tunneling.

2nd Third

The middle portion of the cigar was pretty much the same as the first. The flavors were the same with the sweet coffee and wood. The cigar started to tunnel and needed to be relit twice. The head of the cigar feels kind of spongy on my lips too but I’m guess that has something to do with the looseness.

Final Third

The final third was met with the same flavors as the first two except for and nut flavor coming in and out. The cigar also needed to be relit a couple more times but was not a real big deal.


I have always enjoyed the CAO Brazilia but the box pressed ones all have seemed to have burn problems. All the ones I smoked for this review had very lose draws and constantly were tunneling. With all that said I do enjoy the flavors and sweetness from the Brazilia.

Keep em burnin’



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