Saturday, October 1, 2011
CAO La Traviata Intrepido Review
CAO La Traviata Intrepido - 7 X 54. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Habano, Binder - Cameroon, Filler - Nicaragua & Dominican Republic. Medium - Full bodied.
Initial lighting taste - Dry cedar wood.
First third - Spice, sweetness, cedar and leather.
Second Third - Spice continues with a nice cedar sweetness, leather and some notes of nuttiness.
Last third - More of the same - spice, sweet cedar, leather and nutty notes. Long tasty finish of spicy cedar and leather.
Construction - Good looking, light-brown wrapper with a couple of moderate size veins visible. Dry texture. Burn was good with a salt & pepper colored solid ash that holds on. Draw was perfect as has been my experience with this line.
Once again I find this cigar line to be a wonderful, tasty smoke. Plenty of complexity and the balance is always spot-on. The only difference that I found with this size as compared to the smaller ring gauges is that the cedar flavor seems to be a bit more dominant than the leather. MSRP is a very affordable $5.75 which is especially good for a cigar this big. If you like to smoke outside as much as I do, I would recommend this particular size from springtime until fall while the weather is still nice as it is a long smoke. Otherwise, I would go with the robusto or the Animados size ( 5 5/8 X 46) for when the days get colder.