CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, January 19, 2014
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CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso Cigar Review

This 4.5×50 stick features a very dark brown firm wrapper with a thick oily slightly toothy feel, small veins, tight invisible seams, large double cap and faint cedar aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful medium-full bodied smoke output showing flavors of a slightly sweet meaty earth with an oily thick finish. The first third burns perfectly taking the flavors even bolder pushing full. The mix is a quite intense pepper especially on the finish, while the core is a sweet earth and touch of creamy leather just on the draw. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 25 minutes, flavors are very consistent, performance is perfect and the ash holds for a solid 1/2 of the cigar. Ending at the hour mark burn time was impressive and as I thought the whole experience was the same from start to finish – just fine by me! No strength, all flavor. Thank you very much to General Cigar for sending this sample in for review!

  • yosef5

    Another good cigar and review
    Thank you

  • Guy

    Dear Bryan,
    Great review of a good cigar,Thank you .
    Guy in France

  • Robert

    Sounds great. I haven’t had a good CAO in a long time so I’ll look out for this one.

  • mrgene

    Thanks for all the good information. I smoke outside like you. And it is cold but I dress for it. I clean myself up like you suggested. My wife can’t tell that I was smoking.

  • Buffalo Trace

    BUT where can we get these La Traviata Maduro’s.?? I just searched all the sites. Heck the CAO La Traviata is hard to find itself, Ive only found it on 2 sites.

    • PAG

      I buy them at either a local B&M or at Total Wine (my closest is Claymont, DE). I love these and the regular La Traviatas as decent, reasonably inexpensive cigars. Even at the B&M, they do “buy 5 get one free” so they come out to just under $4 each.

      Cigar Place has them in stock, but I’ve never used them so can’t personally recommend them.

      http://www.cigarplace.biz/index.cfm/a/catalog.cigarBrand/brandid/1938/

      Atlantic also has them but you have to call for pricing on most of them for some reason.

      http://www.atlanticcigar.com/cigars/CAO-La-Traviata-Cigars.asp

      • Buffalo Trace

        Thanks PAG, found jus wat Iz lookin for at Total Wine. But 1 Q., wat is a B&M.? When I Google’d it no returns related to cigars. I have NO local shops that sell any kind of hand rolled cigars.

        • Brick & Mortar. It means a physical store.

          • Buffalo Trace

            Ohh, thanks Bryan. signed ‘the 57 yr old rookie’. I have no cigar shops in town or even close. I have to buy online.

  • mrgene

    PAG I use the same Total Wine store. Next time I’ll try the CAO La-Traviata. I pickup two sticks Casa de Garcia Tabacalera deGaracia.and A Fuente Flor fina 858. What else do you like that Total Wine carry

  • mrgene

    Cigar just purchased, how long should they set in my humidor before they can be smoked

    • I always suggest at least 2 weeks after getting anything home, just my opinion

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