Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

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caocao la traviata maduro luminoso
la flor dominicanala flor dominicana mysterioso collectors edition 2013

The week keeps chugging along, and we keep churning out cigar reviews here on  Today’s pair of reviews will concentrate on the CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso and the La Flor Dominicana Mysterioso Collector's Edition 2013.

CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso

Don’t get me wrong.  I love to smoke big cigars with big ring gauges that make a statement.  (Okay, maybe that sounds a bit “trashy,” but it’s the truth.)  There are times, however, when I feel that a quick smoke is necessary.  Maybe it’s during a car ride or any other time when I don’t have two hours to spare smoking a solid stogie.  That’s why I decided to choose the CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso for this review.  CAO is a great cigar company that has put out solid smokes in the past, and I do enjoy Maduro wrappers.  So picking the small Luminoso vitola for this review seemed like a no-brainer. 

While the original La Traviata from CAO began in Cuba near the turn of the 20th century, the brand decided to revive it to resemble the original.  Minus the Cuban tobacco, of course.  I already know it’s affordable by checking its price tag, but is it actually any good?  Now’s the perfect time to find out.

The La Traviata Maduro Luminoso is a Petit Robusto that measures in at 4 ½ x 50.  It’s not quite the smallest cigar in the line, as that distinction belongs the Ninfas that measures 4 x 38.  But still, it’s close enough.  As for the cigar’s composition, it is highlighted by a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, but you can also find the line wrapped in Ecuadorian Habano leaf.  The filler is made from Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos, while the binder is of the Cameroon variety.  In terms of strength, the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso is listed as medium to full-bodied.

Looking at the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso, I’m impressed by its appearance.  The dark, oily wrapper has no shortage of veins, but construction seems to be solid overall.  The cigar feels firm to the touch and has no real soft spots to speak of.  The decorative band is a looker that features the CAO La Traviata name, as well as the Maduro label.  It’s myriad of colors is easy on the eyes, but this is no surprise considering CAO dishes out some of the prettiest decorative bands around.  Before lighting there’s an aroma of wood, while the cold taste is earthy.

After lighting up this Petit Robusto, I notice a bit of a tight draw.  It manages to loosen up, however, and becomes much more pleasant a few minutes in.  During the smoking time of just about an hour, the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso needed zero touch-ups or re-lights.  There was plenty of smoke as well.

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