Continuing my reviews of that lovely Big Brand Showstopper Full-Bodied Sampler from Pipes and Cigars.com, I was happy to see an old friend among the elite; the CAO Brazilia Gol! Robusto. My first acquaintance with this señorita was in the CAO World Sampler; which is an excellent bang for your buck and provides some truly unique smoking experiences!
But I digress. The Brazilia Gol! received a 91 rating from Cigar Aficionado Magazine and has consistently scored high in almost any review. A symphony of Nicaraguan long-leaved fillers and binders, and Brazilian Arapiraca wrappers, this fat 56 ring gauge lady was only released after five years of planning and she is a wonderful example of a double maduro. Her rich, dark chocolate skin and smooth-seamed but veiny exterior are always so inviting, well-aged and set aside for months for maximum smoothness in flavour. She was firm but not rigid and her attractive and colourful label never let your forget her allegiance. She had a perfectly formed double-cap and it punched easily and cleanly with my bullet punch.
The wrapper note was distinctly chocolatey cocoa and espresso; one of the most appealing wrapper notes I’ve smelled. The pre-light draw promised some complexity and earthiness in the chocolate and coffee. The stick toasted beautifully and the room note is of roasted chestnuts, cocoa and espresso.
The first draw was everything you might hope of a good maduro. Picture a rich mocha with a slight touch of hazelnut or perhaps nutmeg; just a little hint, not enough to overpower it. The buttery oil of those first few draws is probably my favourite part of a cigar. The Brazilia is described as a medium-to-full flavoured cigar, and I found her full-flavoured indeed! That first third, which took a little over twenty minutes to enjoy, was consistent in that buttery cocoa/mocha with its nutty undertone.
Almost before I knew it I was into the second third. As most cigars do, she lost the buttery element at that point, and ran more to coffee, with a slight floral element. Our dark Brazilian beauty was weaving flowers in her hair and flashing a wink at me. After purging, there was a momentary return to the buttery mocha, then back to the señorita with the Amazonian flowers. I finished the second third in eighteen minutes.
In the final third, the Brazilia Gol! decided to go full on with her passionate earthy side. She was rich and pleasantly bitter to the taste. I tend to associate this sort of flavour profile with smokey barbecued steak, maybe with patchouli underneath. I smoked it down to the nub, which took me another eighteen minutes, for a total smoke time of just four minutes shy of an hour. Not bad for a robusto!
I might also add that, as seen in the photo, our lady burned cleanly and evenly, and ashed to perfection, and never once had to be re-lit. A fine tempered and welcoming lady indeed!
Brazil might be under fire for its diplomatic skills and its performance in the World Cup they hosted, but as far as cigars go, the Brazilians are on their game! I give this indelible señorita:
I heard a horrible rumour somewhere that CAO is discontinuing the line, but it must be wrong because you will have no trouble finding this lady out and about! I got my first taste at my local tobacco and liquor store, Sir Winston’s Pub in Vernon, BC. Online you can find her at Thompson Cigar for $5.95 USD for a single, or at Cigar International for $20.50 USD for a box of five; or in Canada, Cigar Chief has her for $7.85 Cnd for a single and $147.53 Cnd for a box of twenty.
And that’s this lady’s perspective!