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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.


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


      • 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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