La Traviata Maduro Cigar Review

May 23, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

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.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 4.5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Cameroon
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.

90 points

AFGL: Eddie, Traviata and Super Bowl

February 3, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Cigar Industry, Sports · Comment 

A Few Good Links for this week will cover Eddie Ortega’s new venture, a new edition to the La Traviata line and something about a football game.

1. Eddie Ortega has left EOBrands to start the eponymous Ortega Cigar company. Eddie isn’t going for the limited edition nor the mass market crowd. Instead, he’s going after the happy medium in between the two saying that he wants somewhere around 300 accounts with retailers. He hopes that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship and that quality will remain high. I’m sure I speak for most cigar smokers by saying “I hope so too.”

And why would anybody think otherwise? EOBrands produces the 601 brand of cigars as well as Cubao, which are both highly thought of by many cigar smokers; Eddie’s cigars should be as good. Here’s a little peak into what he’s up to:

All the brands comprise a rich and complex blend of tobaccos grown in South and Central America with Nicaraguan tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa giving it the prevalent flavors topped off with an excusite (sic) choice of Mexican Maduro; Ecuador Habano; Connecticut Broadleaf or Connecticut Natural.

2. There’s a new La Traviata on the way and it is the La Traviata Luminoso Maduro. This cigar weighs in at 4.5″ x 50 with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and should go for slightly more than $5.00 a stick. Personally, I liked the Ecuadorian wrapped La Traviata better than the maduro but maybe this one will change my mind.

3. The Super Bowl is this Sunday barring any Tom Clancy-esque hijinks by nuclear physicist Islamofascists. I don’t have a dog in this fight (is that okay to use that analogy when talking about football nowadays?) and never do when it comes to football. Still, it is an event that cannot be passed up.

What cigar(s) are you going to smoke during the game?