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CAO La Traviata Animado

CAO La Traviata Animado

Happy Derby to all!  That’s right, the run for the roses happens today and what a better way to celebrate than with a cigar.  Whether you enjoy horse racing, betting, or mint juleps, I think we can all agree that win or lose a cigar will be a necessary.

The La Traviata debuted in 2009 and was an instant hit.  “La Traviata” is an old cuban cigar brand name that is said to originated from a Verdi opera.  When translated, La Traviata simply means, lost women.  Hmmm…no comment.  CAO originally released this cigar in three sizes:

Divino – 5 x 50, Radiante – 6 x 52, Intrepido 7 x 54

With the blend being such a hit the company released two more vitolas this past month:

Animado – 5 5/8 x 46, Favorito 5 ½ x 52 (belicoso)

The cigars come packaged in simple wooden boxes of 24 that range anywhere from $105 – $130 per box, depending on the size.  Let me say that these cigars are very affordable.  From $4.95 – $6.00 a piece you can’t go wrong.

David Savona, from Cigar Aficionado, recently sat down with CAO’s, Tim Ozgener, to talk about the brand La Traviata and the new release sizes:,4695,524,00.html

On to the review….

La Traviata Animado Attributes

Size: Corona Gorda

Length: 5 5/8

Ring Gauge: 46

Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.

Country: Nicaragua

Price: $4.95 USD

As of right now I don’t think there is another cigar on the American market that gives you what the CAO La Traviata does for the price tag you pay.  No matter if you’ve been smoking twenty years or two, I highly suggest you try a cigar from the La Traviata line.  Way to go CAO, you hit a homerun with this one!

By the way….congrats to Super Saver and jockey Calvin Borel on their win of the 136th Kentucky Derby!

CAO La Traviata Animado Rating:

Pre-Light:                       9 pts.

Smoking:                       8 pts.

Overall Exp.:               8 pts.

TOTAL:                          25 pts.



Posted by on May 2, 2010 in Cigars Rated