Cigar Review: CAO La Traviata Intrepido

by Jesse on December 7, 2009

CAO’s latest cigar has a more traditional feel than some of the releases they’ve done in the past few years. La Traviata is an old Cuban brand back from the turn of the 20th Century that began its life in Tabacalera Cubana, Agramonte no. 106. CAO resurrected the brand and tried to stay true to its traditional roots in taste and presentation. It boasts a Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper, Cameroon Binder along with Nicaraguan and Dominican Filler.

CAO La Traviata Intrepido Cigar

The Intrepido is 7 X 54, a larger cigar than what I typically smoke, but this is what I reach for on Monday afternoon when I’m finishing up work from home. I usually finish it up just in time to sit down for dinner around 2 1/2 to 3 hours to smoke.

One of the big things I’m looking for in a cigar is consistency I’ve smoked close to 20 of these and everyone has been dead on. The last one gave me a little trouble with the draw at the start, but quickly corrected by cutting a bit more of the cap off.

The cigar doesn’t go through any big flavor changes as you smoke it, a constant medium-full cigar. Cedar, Leather and pepper are the dominate flavors with a hint of black licorice rounding it out. The La Traviata has a creamy finish that lingers on the palate for a bit especially in the first 2/3′s of the cigar.

Verdict: The suggest price of this cigar is $4.95 to $5.75 and very good cigar for the price. I’m usually not one to call watch how others rate a cigar, but I wanted to mention that Cigar Insider gave this a 93 Rating making it CAO’s highest rated cigar in over 10 years. The CAO La Traviata is one of two cigars that I think are the best bang for the buck. Inexpensive, good flavor and consistent.

Disclosure: All cigars for this review were purchased by me, no freebies this time.

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Jessup December 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I have the opportunity to smoke a few of these and I agree, good smoke at a great price point!

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John Brooke - The Weekly Cigar December 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Nice review.

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Daniel December 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

Still haven’t seen it in stores yet, but I’ll keep an eye out!

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Jerry July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I’m a newcomer to the cigar aficionado world, so I’m still developing my taste buds to detect the subtle nuances of each cigar. I’m excited to realize I have one of these in my humidor! Thanks for the great input! It’s good to know I haven’t wasted my money. I can’t wait to light it up!!

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Jesse July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Hope you enjoy it Jerry. I’ve enjoyed many of them and really like the Maduro pre-release I tried.

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