I was given this cigar at the IPCPR in NOLA by Aylin
Franke Ozner. She knows my taste and thought I would like this one since I
like a full-bodied cigar.
The La Traviata brand began its life at the turn of the
20th Century in Cuba or, more precisely, in the Tabacalera Cubana,
Agramonte no. 106, in Havana. Over 100 years later, CAO has resurrected
the La Traviata name.
Length/Ring: 5″ x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Ligero fillers
Strength: Medium – Full
It has a beautifully dark and oily wrapper with few veins. Well constructed
from head to foot. I clipped the stick with a double guillotine and took a
taste. A sweet flavor on the dry draw, a little Earthy.
I lit it with a Lotus triple flame tabletop torch and I took my first taste which revealed a slightly creamy
yet Earthy flavor with a hint of spice on the tongue. The burn was even requiring
no touch up at all. My ash was very light
and almost white. It started out with a creamy Earthy flavor with cocoa
notes in the background.
As I entered the second third, I noticed the spice on my tongue was
getting slightly bolder. It seemed to get notes of leather, maintaining
Entering the last third, it had become a little spicier with a slight
peppery feel to the tongue. The flavor was a bit one dimensional, but tasty. The finish was
nice. A tasty stick never needing any touch up with a perfect burn.
In conclusion: I can say that it was a descent smoke, well worth the
M.S.R.P. of $4.95 each. A nice niche for C.A.O. with the increasing
prices. Should be released September 27, 2009. Look for it and buy a
couple to try. They also come in a Toro - Radiante (6″ x 52) and
Churchill - Intrépido (7″ x 54)