Full Disclosure: I received two of these cigars from the manufacturer for this review. All reviews are my own.
If memory serves, a couple of months ago a new size, named Luminoso, was added to the La Traviata Maduro lineup. According to the company this size (4.5″ x 50) is extremely popular for the original La Traviata and so, they reasoned, why not make the Maduro in this size as well?
Well, it can’t hurt. I have reviewed the 5″ x 50 vitola of the La Traviata Maduro before and I thought it was decent, scoring 88 points. That’s a fine score and puts it squarely into that category of cigar (for me at least) where I don’t have much bad to say about it but there isn’t that much excitement either. Will cutting half an inch off of the cigar make that much of a difference?
It is a good looking cigar. Very dark wrapper with the darkness getting darker near the foot. Oily; it has this waxy feel to it. Nary a blemish mars the surface and it is well constructed.
Ring Gauge: 50
Filler: Dominican Republi & Nicaragua
Price: SRP ~ $154/Box of 30 | $5.10/Single
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There was a sizable gap (sizable = a couple of months) between me smoking the first and the second cigars. It’s better with a couple months of aging.
With the couple extra months of aging the flavors do seem to be more alive. Alive and deconstructed. Basically, what I am experiencing is a very tasty cigar broken down into its component parts. There’s that leathery spice. And then chocolate. Over in the corner is earthiness.
It’s a kaleidoscope of flavors, that’s for sure, but it isn’t all moonbeams and rainbows. Something just seems to be missing. A strong leading flavor? Whatever it is, it’s not that big of a deal.
The second third changes things up a bit. The flavor profile becomes extremely dry and solidly in the salty meat/dark, chalky chocolate realm. Definitely a change of pace from my normal cigar choices and, because of that, I like it.
Medium bodied cigar with a good draw and burn. You will find no highs or lows, just a level goodness. Even though no leading flavor really emerged with much intensity the total flavor package was interesting enough to hold my interest from beginning to end. Definitely worth a try.