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Stogie Reviews: CAO Brazilia Gol

1 Mar 2007

Do cigars always taste better after steak? As last night’s dinner proved, definitely. But I’ve had enough from the CAO Brazilia line to know these sticks are excellent after any meal.

And that excellence almost certainly has something to do with their unique composition. Who else, other than former CAO head honcho Cano Ozgener, would be creative enough to pair a dark Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos?

Which brings me to an important point: Contrary to a common misconception, CAO Brazilias are not puros. If you’re looking for the 100 percent Brazilian tobacco experience, I’d suggest trying a Dona Flor or an Alonso Menendez.

Nonetheless, this is a noteworthy smoke with some deep flavors. Before lighting, I particularly noticed dark chocolate and rich coffee notes – not a surprise given the origin of the binder and filler.

After achieving an even burn with a couple wooden matches, those sweet and earthy flavors were complemented by a crisp black pepper spice. Hints of clove faded in and out during the one hour and 20 minute smoke. A shiny mascara on the wrapper indicated the leaf was fully matured when harvested.

Construction-wise, I was also impressed. The burn remained fairly even throughout, the ash held long and firm, and the band was easily removed (it was so loose I didn’t even have to unhinge it). Despite a rock-hard feel, the draw on this five inch by 56 ring gauge cigar was quite clear.

On the whole, this is one of those beautifully crafted stogies that’s big on flavor but small on harshness. It’s a simple smoke with consistent flavors and commendable physical properties. That said, it has none of the complexity found in the CAO Criollo line.

Still, at only about $6 per stick, I’m thinking about adding the CAO Brazilia Gol to my regular rotation. And with my four out of five stogies rating, you might want to consider doing the same – steak or no steak.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A


21 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: CAO Brazilia Gol”

  1. Mac and Nudo Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 9:53 am #

    Nice review! I’ve always liked this cigar — much more than the CAO Italia series.

  2. Chris G Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 10:59 am #

    I agree 100%. The Brazilia is way way better than the Italia

  3. Tito Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

    Very nice timing on the review, considering there is a CAO tasting tomorrow at W. Curtis Draper on 14th Street tomorrow afternoon.

  4. Sam Friday, March 2, 2007 at 4:19 am #

    I agree with this review. A very solid smoke. This was one of the first smokes that I recall that went with the really big gauges 6 by 60 that seem so normal today.

  5. Ben Friday, March 2, 2007 at 8:17 am #

    I too have to agree with the review. The CAO Brazilia was actually my first box of cigars. Since then, they have been a standby smoke for me. I have always had great luck with the burn and the ash holds quite nicely. Occasionally I have found a couple of the sticks to draw a little too tight, but this is generally not a problem.

  6. Anonymous Friday, June 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Данный пост на самом деле помог мне принять очень важное для меня решение. За это автору отдельное спасибо! С нетерпением жду от Вас новых сообщений!

  7. SMUT Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 5:37 am #


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