Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto/Divino)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder and Filler: Cameroon, Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Medium – Full
Price: Unknown (Pre-production)
Behind The Stick:
I’m sure you all are aware that CAO happens to be one of my favorite brands – from their marketing to delivery of the stick, I highly enjoy the experience they present. That being said, when the La Traviata was first released roughly a year ago I just had to use my cigar weasel skills and grab a few (which has since turned into a regular purchase of mine) just for a try. Well, a new year brings a new smoke, this time the CAO La Traviata Maduro is brought to me by @Jakrell who was able to visit the 2010 IPCPR. One of the main reasons I enjoy the La Traviata so much, aside from the flavor and delivery, is the price point associated with it – which from what I have heard in rumors was a direct response to the current economic decline that most (if not all) of us are facing. Lets see if this pre-release smoke stands up as well as the older brother! P.s. this is a first impression, I was only able to smoke a single.
This is one well made cigar. Although it contained a few more veins than I was expecting (in comparison to the natural) none of these veins caused an issue during smoking. Evenly packed from head to foot, the stick seemed to have a bit more give to it even though it has been sitting in my humidor (65%) for around a month. The head clipped easily and the foot was lit with minimal effort – looking good! My pet peeve – the band, although sometimes more apparent with the CAO brand, actually was very easy to remove and had just the right amount of glue. Bonus points!
Not a bad display if I do say so myself. As with the natural version of the CAO La Traviata, the Maduro begins with a healthy dose of the deep tobacco flavoring slightly mixed with a ‘sweet’ undertone – I couldn’t quite nail it down by it was very enjoyable. After the first inch or so I removed the ash which seemed to open the flavors at the same time – light black pepper with a dry chocolate just seemed to coat my palate. After the midway point a nice coffee flavor joined, giving the slightly bitter note to balance out the sweet sensation I had already grown accustomed to.
Although not the worlds most complex cigar, there were defined moments when the flavor profile changed drastically making this a great stick for those wanting to begin picking out the changes, or complexity, in cigars. This smoke did not hit my taste buds in a way that is making me want to purchase a box, but when I’m in the mood for a maduro kick I’ll be sure these are within close reach. I’m not a big maduro guy so please take that into consideration as well. I am unsure of what the retail price will be, but if it falls within the range of the natural I highly suggest all maduro fans to grab these and give them a try.
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