After a lengthy legal battle Dona Flor Cigars, one of Brazil’s top brands, has finally ventured back into North American territory. The following is an excerpt from the manufacturer’s press release:

Dona Flor is at its finest, a combination of the best cigar minds to come out of Cuba, and the exotic natural resources in Brazil that produces “Brazil’s dark treasure” the Mata Fina tobacco. Manufactured in the state of Bahia located in northeast Brazil, Dona Flor Cigars are the result of the collaboration between Cuban cigar maker Felix Menendez (who had been involved in the making of famous Cuban brands Montecristo and H. Upmann in the pre-Castro era) and Brazilian tobacco grower Mario Amerino.

Cigar Stats: There are 5 different Dona Flor blends, but today’s review is the Selecao robusto (5x52, $8.50), which boasts a Mata Fina wrapper, a Mata Norte binder, and a combination of the two for the filler.

Appearance: The Selecao, which received a 92 rating from Cigar Aficionado, is a rustic-looking stick that is very dry and slightly lumpy, with a couple of prominent veins that run the length of the cigar but don’t end up contributing to any burn issues.

The Smoke: The Selecao starts off mild with hints of leather and a pleasing buttery flavor that coats the mouth. The middle produces more of the same flavors but with a little bit of campfire added to the mix, moving the body into the medium range. The last third burns a little hot but still produces a flavorful finish with roasted nuts and a light, floral sweetness.

Verdict: The Dona Flor Selecao has an easy draw, an even burn, and a wide array of flavors that are wonderfully balanced, making this a medium-bodied smoke that is well worth searching for. For more information on the Selecao or the entire line of Dona Flor Cigars, visit

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