Cigar: CAO Brazilia Lambada
Ring Gauge: 50
Country Manufactured: Honduras
Pre-Light & Construction
This is an excellent example of a Brazilian wrapped maduro. The wrapper leaf is chocolate brown, vein-free, and only slightly mottled. The green and gold band really contrasts well with the darkness of cigar, a nice touch that catches the eye. Construction is what I’ve come to expect from CAO: the roll is seamless, it is firm from head to foot, and the cap is cleanly applied. I didn’t detect any soft spots. The prelight aroma smells of classic barnyard, and the cold draw tasted earthy with hints of cocoa.
Light & Burn
Using a V-Cut was no problem, and the head of the cigar held up to the pressure with no splits or damage. It was easy to light with my torch, and the burn started off razor straight. During the smoke, there was some waviness to the burn line, but it required no touch-ups or relights. Each draw allowed for a full amount of rich, thick smoke, and the ash held for at least an inch at a time before falling in solid clumps.
It opened with a rich maduro flavor with a peppery finish. However, it mellowed quickly, and the dominant flavors became cocoa and coffee. As it burned, I noticed hints of sweetness on the finish which gradually built toward the nub. In the second half, the cocoa became less of a factor, and the coffee became more pronounced, moving to a more espresso-like flavor. Towards the end, the pepper returned, mixing with the sweetness on the finish.
This was an excellent cigar, one I regularly keep stocked in my humidor. This particular sample aged for about 15 months. The construction was good, it was slightly complex, and the flavor profile was fantastic. It is full-flavored, medium bodied, and very well-balanced. If you are a fan of the classic maduro flavor, this is a must try.Cigar Review: CAO Brazilia Lambada by David Sabot