The Brazilia Amazon is a stout 6×60 super toro, filled with Nicaraguan tobaccos, bound in a Nicaraguan leaf, and wrapped in a Brazilian Maduro (with a similar texture to that of a Mata Fina) leaf. Touted to be full in both body and strength, CAO’s Brazilia line debuted in 2003, as turn towards a fuller flavored cigar seemingly though as replacement to the late Extreme line that died out in 2004. Well they were successful, even though it was originally slated to hit the shelves in 2008.

The wrapper on the Amazon smells of caramel, cinnamon, cracked white peppercorns, curry, hickory, licorice, mesquite, paprika, sea salt, and tarragon. The grain of the wrapper has a fine tooth to it; and tastes of bell peppers, caramel, cinnamon, cracked black peppercorns, mesquite, paprika, and pemmican. With a V-Cut from a hardwood Don Salvatore V-Cutter, the draw is tight and does require some effort.

The toasted foot has hints of anise, caramel, chili pepper, cream, mesquite, molasses, and sugar cane.

Off of the initial lit draw I picked up on hints of butter cream, 72% cacao, cashews, ground espresso beans, hickory, jalapeño peppers, paprika, and tarragon. The ash, salt and pepper in complexion and ringing in half millimeter bands; there are substantial but light amounts of smoke generated with each draw, chalk white in color; and smells of dark chocolate, hickory, and mahogany.

Forty-five minutes and an inch in and there are new hints of espresso, mocha, and peat.

Based on the recently tapped ash the sizable cone on the foot presents a sufficient amount of ligero in the bunch.

An hour and fifteen minutes in, and four inches remain; the body and strength are both medium-full in nature. There’s a noticeable aftertaste consisting of hickory and tarragon.

An hour and thirty minutes in, at the three inch mark, and another cascade of hints arise consisting of cedar, cocoa, hickory, lambskin, leather, licorice, thyme, and white peppercorns. The smoke off of the nose at this point smells of butter cream, caramel, cocoa, espresso, Madeira, oak, and tarragon.

The whole of the Brazilia line all hold a good ash, from the gargantuan Anaconda to the minuscule Carioca. Ever since my first box of Gol’s back in ’03 (back when they were around 80$ a box) I’d taken a real shine to this front mark, and I still like them to this day.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike, MD 20852, on July 11th; for 7.75$ before tax.

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