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CAO La Traviata Radiante Maduro
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
The CAO La Traviata Maduro was a nice followup to the CAO La Traviata Natural. This cigar has been around for a few years and has always had good solid reviews. The cigar is a nice blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers inside of a dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. There are notes of pepper, chocolate, and coffee which combine for a smooth yet complex smoke. This is one of my favorite morning cigars with hazelnut coffee but it's honestly one that can be smoked anytime and paired very nicely with a number of drinks.
Prior to lighting you can smell the rich hints of chocolate and coffee in the cigar. The light revealed a nice oily medium bodied cigar which was full of smoke and had a nice earthy flavor blended with. The draw was perfect and even though the inital burn was a little uneven it quickly corrected itself and there were no more burn issues after that.
The first third was a nice mildly medium mixture of sweet and nutty with a very earthy finish. The second third was pretty much the same with a slight increase in the sweetness. The final third introduced a somewhat caramel and nutty combination to the flavor profile and the fullness also increased slightly.
Overall it's a very nice mild to medium bodied stick with a good consistent pairing of flavors. The draw was very easy and consistent from start to finish and other than the uneven burn issue at the beginning the burn was very even. It's a well constructed cigar that, as I said earlier, is a great stick to pair with your morning coffee.
The smoke experience lasted a little under 90 minutes so if you have a long commute and want to pair something good with that $5 cup of coffee then this is definitely one I recommend.