Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari
Used widely throughout the industry, Brazilian tobacco is known for its unique character and rich, potent flavors. What’s not to love? So to kick off the New Year, our experts decided to share their favorite premium blends containing this wonderful leaf and present you with the Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari. Sure to leave you begging for more, this grand tour of Brazil features everything from hearty Arapiraca maduro wrappers to spicy Brazilian habano leaf from top brands like CAO, La Palina, Brick House, and more.
Perfect any time of day, Black Pearl’s smooth subtleties work well as a morning cigar while its full-flavored character is more than worthy as an after dinner indulgence. The Arapiraca wrapper adds some nice complexities without increasing the overall strength. It is a medium-bodied blend with an earthy core and notes of toast and cedar throughout.
One of the most popular cigars featuring a Brazilian wrapper, CAO Brazilia offers up rich nuances of chocolate and spice along with a sweet aftertaste and fantastic aroma. This complex, full-bodied blend is an absolute must-try for enthusiasts looking to check out the rich flavors of Brazilian tobacco.
Brazil may have lost the World Cup, but they’re winning my humidor space with some great blends using healthy doses of top-notch Brazilian tobacco. La Palina Classic may be the finest example. An oily, Brazilian Habano wrapper leaf is an awesome reason this cigar is included in this sampler. Buy this and if you don’t enjoy, mail them back to me – I’ll gladly smoke ‘em.
Brickhouse is a classic yet affordable top notch maduro from the folks at the JC Newman. Featuring a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around a Nicaraguan core you can expect some decent strength that is offset by its smoothness with notes of spice and bittersweet chocolate with a few woody hints. This brick house will certainly stand up to any wolf and goes great with any pig… Did somebody say BBQ?
Pinar del Rio has released some extraordinary cigars, but the Obsidian would have to be their coup de grace. The secret here is the dark and oily Brazilian Habano ligero wrapper. This exterior leaf offers ample complexity with sweet, spicy, and hearty notes. It’s rich, balanced, and highly approachable.