Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto/Divino) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder and Filler: Cameroon, Nicaraguan and Dominican Strength: Medium - Full
Behind The Stick:
I'm sure you all are aware that CAO happens to be one of my favorite brands - from theirmarketing to delivery of the stick, I highly enjoy the experience they present and find myselfgoing back time and time again. That being said, when the La Traviata was first released in 2009I just had to go out and grab a pair just for a try. Well, a new year brings a new smoke, thistime the CAO La Traviata Maduro for the 2010 release. One of the main reasons I enjoy the LaTraviata 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 declinethat most (if not all) of us are facing.
CAO is well known for their construction and the La Traviata is no different. Although itcontained a few more veins than I was expecting (in comparison to the natural) none of theseveins caused an issue during smoking. Evenly packed from head to foot, the stick seemed to havea bit more give to it than the natural version. The head clipped easily and the foot was litwith minimal effort - looking good! My pet peeve - the band, although sometimes more apparentwith the CAO brand, actually was very easy to remove and had just the right amount of glue.Bonus points!
As with the natural version of the CAO La Traviata, the Maduro begins with a healthy dose of thedeep tobacco flavoring slightly mixed with a 'sweet' undertone - I couldn't quite nail it downby it was very enjoyable. After the first inch or so I removed the ash which really seemed toopen the flavors at the same time - a light black pepper sensation with a dry chocolate overtonejust seemed to coat my palate. After the midway point a nice coffee flavor joined, giving it aslightly bitter note that really balanced out the sweet sensation I had already grown accustomedto.
Although not the worlds most complex cigar, there were defined moments when the flavor profilechanged drastically making this a great stick for those wanting to begin picking out thechanges, or complexity, in cigars. If you are a fan of maduro cigars, the flavors and the pricethat this cigar provides are something to write home about. With a price point that only BuyDiscount Cigars can offer it is hard not to recommend the CAO La Traviata Maduro.