This is a follow up to Dave's review of the Box Press size here, as this size is a line extension introduced at this year's IPCPR.
This actual cigar was a gift from the local CAO rep, Budz, and I did get 2 from the owner of my regular shop (Maxamar's in Orange) Amar that I was able to smoke for this review. So all told I was able to smoke 3 of these cigars in this size. I've smoked many other sizes of the Brazilia before.
It seems that since the NUB came out every manufacturer is trying to get on the bandwagon of the short fat cigar. Some of them have made a good showing with it and others haven't, so lets see how CAO's adaptation of the idea is.
Unfortunately this cigar is a little bit ugly to look at. The wrapper is quite lumpy, the head of the cigar is crooked, and there are a few water spots on the wrapper. However it felt well put together with no soft spots and the right amount of give.
As soon as I lit this little cigar up I got an immediate hit of spice, chocolate, and bitter coffee. It started off with a bang. The draw was perfect and it produced a large volume of smoke.
Throughout the rest the cigar the flavors didn't change a whole lot. Flavors of leather and earth were mixed in with the chocolate, bitter coffee and spice. Construction was just about perfect with only a slight waviness in the burn line with a great draw that produced lots of smoke. This cigar was pretty much a full bodied cigar the whole way through. Not something I would give to a beginner.
While this wasn't the most complex cigar I've tasted it was entirely enjoyable. I would definitely buy this again, but probably not a box. It might even rival the Box Press as my new favorite size for this blend. I'll have to give them both a try again to find out.
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