CAO La Traviata Cigar Review
I would love to say that my initial fascination with this cigar stemmed from something other than the fact that the cigar’s name has a striking resemblance to my first name (Travis) but that would be a lie. After I was done getting excited about a cigar from CAO having a similar name to my own I noticed some other things about this cigar, like the reasonable price and the nearly flawless construction.
For this review I will be smoking the La Traviata Favorito, which is a torpedo. The wrapper is a medium dark brown wrapper with a slight reddish hue. It is gleaming with oils and has been sitting in my humidor for a number of months now. Cannot honestly say anything negative about the appearance of this cigar.
Length: 5 ½″
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Price: $5.25/Single | $110.00/Box of 24
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If you like it when your cigar could be used to set a smokescreen for your getaway then you should consider this cigar. Tons of smoke and it tastes good. Oak and leather figure prominently in the flavor profile for this cigar while spice is playing the part of rocket fuel. It is a very intense cigar flavor-wise; maybe a little too intense for some smokers.
Entering the second third now and the cigar is still performing extraordinarily well. The burn is perfect and so is the draw. This full bodied cigar has some strong flavors but I just don’t think that is enough to make a truly special cigar. Oak and leather are good, especially when paired with spice, but there just isn’t a lot of flavor range with this cigar. It’s… simple. And that is why I really like it.
Complexity in a cigar is preferable, there is not question about that in my mind. What this cigar lacks in complexity though it makes up with intensity. The flavors with the La Traviatas are definitely more intense than most cigars. In a way, this cigar is like a hot rod: it’ll go balls out over a straight quarter mile but if there is the slightest turn then, well, you get the picture.
While the last third still retains its intensity with the flavors I have so far outlined it has added on a flavor: a faint flowery sweetness. This fleeting sweetness, which is most apparent on the inhale, is a good counterbalance to the other flavors and does increase my enjoyment of this cigar.
Overall, this is a great cigar. Good flavors and smoking characteristics always are a good thing.