CAO La Traviata Radiante Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, June 5, 2010
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CAO La Traviata Radiante Cigar Review

This 6×52 sick offers an extremely oily, toothy rich dark chocolate wrapper with tight seams, minimal veins and a sweet chocolate and earth aroma. First light reveals a very oily medium bodied earthy flavor with a ton of rich smoke and a perfect draw. The first third develops to a mild-medium body of slightly sweet and nutty earth with a deep finish. 50 min in at the 1/2 way point flavors were very consistent, however the stick liked to tunnel and went out prompting a relight without further incident. The stick ended at 1:35 with slightly different but overall consistent flavors at the last third, moving to a slight caramel and nut combo, with the same great smoke draw and finish.

  • Stefan Nychka

    Hmmm, a lot of similarities and differences compared to my experience.

    I smoked a different size, the churchill I believe. I bought it at a B&M and smoked it shortly after. The first half had similar flavours but stronger and they alternated in intensity. I really liked it, and I normally smoke full bodied and flavoured cigars.

    I, too, had a tunneling problem at the 1/2 way mark. After the relight it tasted like garbage; I continually had to touch it up, so I eventually just gave up.

    Other reviews (i.e., at stogiereview) of smaller sizes are more favourable, but I haven’t tried such sizes.

    Thanks for the review … I want to try one more, preferably of a different size. If it tunnels again, screw it.

  • Bricpeter

    I have had ( and enjoyed) both the divino (rubusto) and the animados (corona). I would guess I have had about 7 beteween the two sizes. 2 of the 7 did have some slight burn issues as noted above and in the review. The largest problem with the la traviata line is, once the stick goes out the flavor of the cigar radically changes to charcoal (even after purging). Otherwise this is a nice stick with good (albeit one dimensional) flavors.

  • dgrambo

    Hi Brian, Ive come to really enjoy your review style and Ive found your impressions to be right inline with mine. And the photography is amazing. So, thanks for the great work. I was wondering, is this was the maduro or natural? The images certainly say maduro but Im not familiar with the line. Thanks, -Ric

    • It is the natural, I always state maduro in the title if it is – thanks for watching!

  • Daniel.A

    i just had this stick. MAN i love it. really mellow and smooth. definitely one of my favorites already. i love the pepper in the beginning and well i don’t really know if it was aged tobacco or some different sweet flavor to it around the halfway point. one thing i know is i gotta get a box.

  • eric.hanson

    I’ve got to say this is one of the better sticks that I can get for under $5 at my local B&M. I agree with your review it’s not a wow cigar but it’s good.

  • Leon

    I realize this is an old review, but I’ve had several of these here lately, and am just relieved to find out that I wasn’t the only one having construction issues. I really like the cigar, but out of three boxes (presents from friends/relatives) that I’ve smoked, a good 45% of them had the weird tunneling thing going on. Oh well, can’t expect super-premium quality for that price.


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