The CAO Brazilia has long been one of my favorite smokes–I always have a couple on hand in my humidor. It’s perfect for a quiet, contemplative smoke, which is what I was in the mood for tonight. So I grabbed one of these and headed outside with my MP3 player to enjoy a smoke on the porch. My wife was kind enough to bring me two fingers of scotch to go with it (Talisker Single Malt, Aged 18 Years), and I found that the combination of a beautiful spring evening, some Johnny Cash, and a great cigar and scotch pairing made for a fantastic evening.
As always, my cigar lit up well and evenly, and I was instantly hit with the delightful earthy tones of this cigar. It hit the right spicy notes with the aroma of hickory burning on a grill. I took a sip of scotch to go along with the cigar and immediately noticed that the few puffs after a sip combined with the flavor of the scotch for a delightful woody taste that I savored for awhile.
As the evening wore on, the burn stayed good, and didn’t require any touchup. The second third of the cigar made for that delightful change I’m used to–the move from the nice coffee flavors to more earthy tastes–almost reminiscent of truffles. The woody undertones remained, and as I sipped some scotch with it the flavor of the cigar became a little sweeter, and for a minute or so I could have sworn that the cigar took on a taste that I can only describe as a hint of toasted marshmallow, which complemented the earthy flavors.
By the time I got to the last third, the flavor changed yet again. The coffee tones were back, only this time with a hint of cream. At this point, that coffee and cream flavor mingled with the scotch to add undertones of hazelnut and the earthy truffle notes I’d detected in the first part of the cigar. As I finished the cigar, the coffee notes changed a little bit–almost reminiscent of espresso, and the scotch brought out some notes of honey and fennel. It was only reluctantly that I had to put the cigar down at this point, because I could no longer physically hold it.
As I smoked, the night went from light to dark, and a little breeze had picked up. A relaxing end to what had been a stress filled day.
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