This time around, Dojo Nation, I directed my single flame at a CAO Brazilia, Gol vitola. I had smoked a couple of these sticks before, but all I really could remember was that I liked them better than the CAO Italia. So, having received one in a much appreciated trade with Dojo member, Bruce Henry, coupled with the Dojo’s recent CAO Smoke Night, this was the perfect time to revisit this stick.
The cigar itself was solidly packed, with a nice, even bunching that left no obvious soft or hard spots. The rich, deep, brown wrapper had one fairly substantial vein running most of its length, but the seams were tight and I could see no other blemishes or imperfections. At the foot there was a soft, nutty aroma. The draw was even, with just a slight resistance; giving flavors of wood and earth, with a strong, full tobacco flavor.
The first inch started off as I anticipated, the natural notes that were present in the pre-light continued. The earthiness reminded me of smells I associate with stomping through a northern Minnesota bog in the spring (school field trip); a deep, full earth scent, muted by the cold of a spring morning. The burn was sharp and there was a discernable black pepper presence that left a lingering spiciness in my throat. I wouldn’t call it spectacular, but nice and solid.
Past the first inch, the flavors unexpectedly changed. At first I struggled to place them, then I didn’t want to believe them, but finally I couldn’t deny them. There was a definite peach component through the first half of the cigar and a crisp apple aspect in the retro-hale. These flavors were not overt, they were muted and subtle, behind the constant black pepper and rich tobacco overtone. More than medium in strength, this cigar was perfect for the cold, misty day.
As the cigar progressed, those muted fruit flavors quieted, further opening the way for some cinnamon and caramel flavors to express themselves, along with the black pepper that continued. Toward the very end, the woodiness returned as hickory and the cinnamon morphed into a light nutmeg component.
The quality of its construction showed throughout the smoke. The burn line remained consistent and needed no touch-ups. The ash actually held on for the entirety of the cigar, only letting loose at the very end.
Would I smoke this cigar again? Yeah, probably, I certainly want to try a few more to see if I encounter the same flavor profile. Overall, it’s a fine cigar and I really don’t have anything negative to say about it, but even with all the interesting flavors, the great ash, the nice burn line, and the reasonable price point (around $5 – $6 a single), I can’t get all that excited about it.
‘Till next time… Dojo Mojo, Ya’ll!!
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- Pleasant flavors
- Nice burn
- Delicate wrapper
- Not attention grabbing