Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 54
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Price : $115+ for a box of 24
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Introduced this year at the IPCRR Annual Convention and Trade Show, the CAO La Traviata is an homage to the La Traviata brand that started over 100 years ago in Cuba.
This is one of those cigars that in the past couple of months has started making a buzz around the Internet, on various cigar blogs as well as on Twitter. I expect anything from CAO to typically be spot on, whether it is the ever-favorite Brazilia, the MX2, or even recently the Brazilia Cuban Press, a new take on the original. Being that I do my best to stay abreast of new cigars coming into the public eye, I felt it was my duty to give the La Traviata its owed time.
Giving the La Traviata the physical look over, it became very apparent that I was looking a flawlessly made cigar. No flaws to be found on the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. And speaking of the wrapper: it is oily! You can see it shine and feel the oil on your finger tips. Veiny too. No soft or overpacked areas were found within the cigar either. Finally, the band of the cigar has a very old world feel to it; nothing elaborate on the band design itself but it commands a certain amount of elegance. I felt it really completes the overall look and feel for what CAO was trying to achieve with this cigar.
My first draw, after using a punch and my butane lighter, was greeted with an effortless, resistance-free draw. Immediate flavors that greeted me were a strong leather and a hint of wood. The oil from the wrapper added into the mix nicely, giving this cigar a balanced grouping of flavors without being overly powerful. As I ventured through the smoking time of this cigar, it does become noticeably stronger starting in the second half. I got an even larger presence of that leather flavor into the second half and by the last third, the cigar was well into full-bodied territory. Expect the finish on this cigar to be on the shorter side as the flavors didn’t stay on my palette for more than a couple of hours.
I had zero burn issues at all with this cigar. The ash from the cigar was firm and held to the end of the cigar well. And finally, I felt I got a thick, white smoke from the easy draw. The thickness, I felt, was something to be proud of as it hung in the airspace of the room.
I can say without reservation that this is my new favorite from CAO. A great balance of flavors with a very happy price point that anyone can appreciate. I would like to try out the other sizes to see if there is any discernible differences. Give this one a chance you will not be sorry.