Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cao La Traviata Divino

Cigar: CAO La Traviata

Size: 5 x 50 (Divino / Robusto)

Wrapper: Habano (Ecuador)

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Strength: Full

Price: $6.50

First I want to say that I am a big fan of the CAO brand, and the La Traviata was no exception. This extremely affordable cigar went above and beyond many cigars that I have had, and was extremely pleasant to smoke. The appearance of the cigar itself is quite nice, with a classic old world style band, even color, and solid construction. The initial smell of the cigar was sweet and pleasant. Upon lighting the flavors of coffee and anise were immediately present with just a touch of pepper. This little beauty mellowed out after only a few puffs and was extremely consistent throughout with flavors of tea and coffee. The smoke was a milky off white, and was thick, but not overwhelming. The Divino burned perfectly even the entire smoking session, and did not become overly harsh or hot even when I neared the nub. The ash was consistently thick and light gray, and only fell from the cigar when prompted. I smoked this cigar down to ashes, and had a wonderful time doing so. I would definitely recommend the La Traviata to CAO enthusiasts, experienced smokers, and novices alike. The La Traviata would satisfy the full bodied enthusiast and would be an excellent choice for those smokers who are ready for their first dalliance into fuller bodied cigars. I am rating the La Traviata Divino as follows:
Appearance: 9/10
Aroma unsmoked: 9/10
Construction: 10/10
Flavor: 9/10
Fondest regards,

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