Don Rafael Brazil – Cigar Review

Don Rafael Brazil 

This is a cigar review of a Don Rafael Brazil by Don Rafael Cigars. The size chosen for this review is the robusto. This cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper followed by a Brazilian binder and Brazilian and Dominican blend in the filler. This is a nice medium plus economy cigar out there we found at Cigars International for around $3.60 per stick or $45.00 per box of 20. These cigars are crafted by Jose Dominguez in the same factory that produces the Victor Sinclair smokes.

Construction/Appearance: 

This Don Rafael Brazil is a light tan with hints of green. This cigar has some minor veins and invisible seams.  This cigar has a double band. The first band being the normal Don Rafael script logo and second band with Brazil laterally across. Both bands are color coordinated with Brazil’s national colors of yellow, green and blue.

Pre-Light: 

Aromas of sweet cedar and nuts all come into play on the pre-light sniff test. We used the Xikar XO straight cut for this smoke. The cold draw produces pronounced notes of cedar.  

After Toast: 

First third – ​Cedar and citrus followed by nuts and toast start this cigar off. Vanilla and almond notes come into play. The body is mild to medium, burn sharp and ash falls at the inch mark.  

Second Third – The cedar and almond note carry into this with some tangy notes that border on citrus take your palate through this third. The body is medium and burn turns wavy.  

Final Third – The cedar and tangy citrus carry into this third through the finish. The body remains medium and burn remains wavy.  

Suggested Pairing: 

Wine – Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc

Scotch – Glenmorangie

Bourbon – Basil Hayden

Overall Experience: 

This Don Rafael Brazil is a decent economy smoke that would be great for any type of cigar aficionado from beginner to seasoned vet. With the cedar and citrus notes leading the way followed by the almond like notes to mellow those acidic notes down really makes for a good cigar experience on the cheap. While not overly complex, it is slightly better than what you would expect from a smoke this cheap, which means it’s a good value.

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