With its lush Ecuadorian habano wrapper, ultra-firm construction and hearty pre-light notes of leather and molasses, the new La Traviata blend from CAO sports characteristics similar to those of classic Cubans. Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the original “La Traviata” was created more than a century ago in Havana.
CAO is offering this three-vitola blend at the economical price of $4.95 to $5.75 per cigar. Featuring a Cameroon binder and two different ligero filler tobaccos from the Pueblo Nuevo farm in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, the five inch by 50 ring gauge Divino starts with a burst of mild leather, sweet cedar and black pepper. It has a dense yet reasonable draw and a taste that develops to include notes of cream and roasted nuts.
The slow-burning Divino is fairly consistent from light to nub in both flavor and construction, and its cedar and creamy flavors pair perfectly with a sweet rum-based cocktail.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Size: 5 inches, 50 ring gauge
Recommended Drink Pairings: Mojito, Rum Tonic, Cuba Libre
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