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  • Size: 6 1/2 x 60

CAO Brazilia Carnivale

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As if the original wasn’t dazzling enough, CAO has taken their famous Brazilia cigar and bumped it into the stratosphere with the CAO Brazilia Carnivale. Only available in one size, a stout 6.5 x 60, the vitola also carries a beautiful box press. This marks the first time a CAO blend has been changed since being bought beneath the General Cigar umbrella, and creator Rick Rodriquez was careful to remain faithful to the spirit of the smoke that put CAO on the map in the first place. The filler is similar to the original, comprised of a complex mix of Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican tobaccos but with an extra boost of ligero, while the binder is the same Brazilian Arapiraca that acts as wrapper on the standard Brazilias. But it’s the new Habano Grueso Maduro outer leaf that really makes the Carnivale shine.


Visually, the cigar is easily identified by the second, bright yellow band on the foot. A few small veins crisscross the very dark and gleaming leaf, which carries a slight barnyard aroma interlaced with an earthy cocoa. An initial blast of chocolate mirrors this impression, becoming even more evident at the cigar reaching the sweet spot. As the second third approaches, flecks of pepper and cinnamon spice flow to the palate, the flavors well balanced with just enough of a kick to keep the smoker engaged through the espresso-laden final third.


While it starts off a sultry medium, the Carnivale does transition to full by the end so inexperienced smokers should take note. All others, especially the many enthusiastic fans of the original, are encouraged to grab a box or two of this limited release. It pairs equally well with a strong and sweet coffee or a Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail made from cachaca. Let the party begin!

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