CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso

For today’s review I smoked the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso from CAO. The Luminoso was originally released as a new vitola in the La Traviata line. Now it’s being released in the Maduro line. The Luminoso is a petit robusto measuring 4.5” x 50 and features a Connecticut Maduro wrapper.

I’ve been a fan of the La Traviata line since it’s a debut a couple of years ago. To me this cigar always delivered great flavor at a reasonable price. So when General Cigar sent me three samples to smoke I’d have to say I was a little excited to try the cigar in one of my favorite sizes.

Name: La Traviata Maduro
Company: CAO
Wrapper: Connecticut Maduro
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Comes in: Box of 30
Price: $5.10/stick
Vitola: Luminoso (4 1/2″ x 50)

Pre-Light

This cigar comes wrapped in cellophane. Once the cellophane was removed a robust barnyard aroma, full of earth and manure, greeted my nose. The wrapper aroma was far stronger than the foot, which had more of a wood and hay aroma. The oily looking wrapper was a dark shade of brown and had a maze of veins. Surprisingly the wrapper felt drier than what the appearance lead me to believe.

Flavor & Burn

Once I fired up the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso I quickly noticed a strong taste of black pepper. The Spice was quickly accompanied by a strong tobacco flavor with hints of espresso. After smoking about a quarter of the cigar I began to notice a lingering nutty finish. Around the midway point the Luminoso developed a slight bitterness and increased spice through the retrohale. The cigar finished much they way it began. Overall I’d categorize this cigar and medium-bodied with low to moderate strength.

The Luminoso started off with a draw that was slightly tighter than a milkshake. After the first few puffs the draw loosened up to something slightly less resistant than a milkshake. The cigar burned slowly (well over an hour) and evenly beginning to end.

Final Thoughts

In short I think the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso is a good cigar that could benefit from 6-12 months of age. To me there was a lack of balance, mostly because of the bitterness, that limited my enjoyment of the cigar. Right now this cigar is something I’d fire up on the golf course. It’s good enough to smoke, but not so good that I feel like I have to give it all of my attention.

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Comments

“robust barnyard aroma, full of earth and manure, greeted my nose” I’m not gonna lie, that doesn’t make me want to smoke this guy! Haha. I love the La Traviata Maduro. Knowing what I know about the one I smoked I’d def try out this new vitola to see how it compares to previous versions. Hopefully I don’t get the manure to greet my nose!

I have to admit I can see the appeal of “robust barnyard aroma, full of earth and manure, greeted my nose.” There’s something comforting about those countryside smells–even if dirt and manure aren’t by themselves aren’t the most appealing things!

Different strokes for different folks I guess… LOL. I actually love when a cigar has that barnyard aroma.

Love the Traviata Line I’ll have to hunt these out

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