Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro (Radiante)
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Price : $5.65 each
Tim Ozgener produces another great smoke in the CAO line of cigars. La Traviata was announced at this year’s International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) meeting in New Orleans. The cigar comes in three vitolas: Divino (5 in. x 50); Intrépido (7 in. x 54); and today’s featured cigar, the Radiante (6 in. x 52). The band is very elaborate with raised lettering and art work. Great thought did go into the design and production of this very colorful cigar. This is a highly sought after cigar, and Ozgener has definitely produced a great smoke that will appease all cigar smoker.
Appearance : Rating:
The color of the wrapper is medium-brown (Colorado). The cigar does have a very nice oily sheen, and no soft or hard spots were identified. Out of the cellophane wrapper, it looks like a beautiful cigar with a well-designed band. The wrapper had an earthy and chocolately notes to it. The foot of the cigar had a hay smell to it.
Construction : Rating:
This looks like a very well-constructed cigar. It shows a few veins running the length of the cigar. The Radiante looks like it is single-capped. The La Traviata had a nice oily sheen to it. Before lighting the cigar, the draw was very smooth.
The cigar featured abundant smoke that rises very quickly.
The ash was dark-grey and very tight. It went about 1.25 in. before being tapped off. The burn was a bit uneven, but no major issues were experienced.
The band came off the cigar without any difficulties.
Flavor : Rating:
The cigar was cut using a Palio cutter. On pre-light, the cigar tasted chocolately. Upon lighting it up, a leathery and slightly spicy flavor dominated the cigar. The second half of the cigar featured more woody notes (cedar or oak).
The finish was short compared to other CAO cigars, but very pleasant. The flavors throughout the cigar were very balanced which made it for a very nice smoking experience.
Value : Rating:
I was surprised on how affordable this cigar is. I was able to find this at my local cigar shop for $5.65/stick. This is an incredible price for a great quality smoke. At this price, it can easily become a daily smoke. The CAO La Traviata Radiante is definitely one that I will buy frequently.
Overall Rating : Rating:
For anyone looking for a medium body/full flavor cigar, this is absolutely a high quality smoke at an affordable price. Every cigar smoker should try the La Traviata line as I am confident that everyone will have a wonderful cigar smoking experience. If I was casting a vote for “Cigar of the Year.” I would have to say that this one has my vote. I would highly recommend this cigar, especially when paired with either a Bourbon or a fruity single malt Scotch whisky. I am looking forward to trying the Divino and the Intrépido sizes.