CAO La Traviata Maduro Cigar Review

August 23, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

I sit here wearing my CAO La Traviata Maduro hat given to me by Keith from Tiki Bar Online. Even though you might not think that is pertinent information I recall some English teacher I once had preaching about the importance of setting the scene. So there; the scene is set.

This is a perfect looking cigar. Black-brown wrapper with two very minor veins visible. Oily feel to the wrapper, it’s also slightly fuzzy. The cigar feels well packed, hard even. Can’t wait to smoke this cigar after resting it in my humidor for many months.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Price: $115.00/Box of 24

Canton Tower Flame!

If you are wondering whether or not I have smoked the CAO La Traviata with the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper you can take a look at this. If you don’t want to go through the bother of clicking on another link and reading another review then you should know that I liked that cigar, giving it 91 points. Leather, oak and spice were some of the flavors that I noticed and it was pleasantly full bodied.

The CAO La Traviata Maduro starts out with a dark and powerful flavor profile. Beef jerky is the center of the flavor profile surrounded by mahogany, salt and bitter chocolate. While the draw is a little tight in the early goings of this cigar it has not become much of a problem.

Smokiness along with dark flavors are pervasive coming into the second third. Beef jerky and smoky mesquite are the big flavors that I’m picking up now. It’s fine.

The somewhat tight draw becomes somewhat bothersome in the final third, but not in terms of flavor. That jerky flavor has receded into the background while the smoky mesquite has gotten stronger. Heavy cigar.

Without the tight draw, which I got over and over again with each of these cigars that I tried, this would be a 90+ point cigar in my estimation. Even with the tight draw it was an enjoyable cigar but, I have to say, the original La Traviata is my favorite. Medium bodied with a burn that does require some touch ups along the way, this is a cigar that maduro fans might want to give a try.

88 points

Top 10 Cigars 2010

January 11, 2011 · Posted in The Perfect Draw · 3 Comments 

As I sit here earnestly smoking an Arturo Fuente Short Story I realize that now is the time to do another Top 10. It was just a year ago when I published my first Top 10 and much has changed in the world. Instead of getting philosophical and patter on about this or that I’m just going to present the list (you of course know that these lists don’t matter, right?).

10. Carlos Torano Casa Torano Toro

This is the only mild cigar that makes this list but it does make this list because the grassy and oak flavors are very good.

9. Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano Robusto Grande Rosado

Medium-full bodied treat with a whole host of flavors ranging from maple, earth, cream and so on.

8. CAO La Traviata Favorito

With this cigar you will get lots of flavor in the spice and leather mold. Full bodied and reasonably priced.

7. CAO Lx2 Rob

A full bodied cigar with some very good flavors ranging from spice to oak and some complexity.

6. Alec Bradley Family Blend T11

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro ChiselA delicious medium bodied smoke that delivers on flavor and complexity. The reason why it’s not closer to the top is because I have smoked more of these since I reviewed it last and my opinion of it has slackened off a bit.

5. Padilla Dominus Robusto

Oak and spice and everything nice. This is one of my favorite Padilla made smokes.

4. Guillermo León Gran Corona

Medium bodied cigar with loads of flavor and complexity. I love this cigar because it offers the right amount of wood and leather flavors without too much of a kick strength-wise.

3. Tatuaje Anarchy

Loads of spice and leather with some nuttiness acting in the background. Another awesome cigar that you must try (but you are going to have to act quick because this is only a limited edition cigar and once they’re out they’re out).

2. Camacho Coyolar Titan

Leather, meat and spice make up the flavors for this cigar. I love this cigar, an absolute must try.

1. La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel Maduro

Insanely good cigar. Tons of flavor and complexity. Fits right into what I like about a cigar: spice, leather and some sweetness.

There was an Opus X that scored extremely well, but since the Opus X line had a representative last year I decided to disqualify it for this year’s Top 10. As you can probably tell this is not an exhaustive list but this is what I liked for 2010.

CAO La Traviata Cigar Review

December 28, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Review · 3 Comments 

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.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5 ½″
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Price: $5.25/Single | $110.00/Box of 24

400k Old Flame!

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.

91 points