C.A.O. La Traviata Divino

Perhaps the finest cigar ever made by C.A.O. International Inc., the robusto-sized C.A.O. La Traviata Divino represents a departure from the traditional type of cigar release for C.A.O. The company usually announces a new cigar with a considerable flash, such as when it launched the unique lighted boxes of C.A.O. Vision or the ultra-hip red lacquer box shaped like the trunk of a car for the C.A.O. Sopranos Series. But with the La Traviata brand, C.A.O. simply let the cigar speak for itself. Packed in plain, wooden containers, the Divino, which was released in U.S. cigar shops very late in 2009 (too late, in fact, to be part of last year’s Top 25 ranking) is a solid performer, a no-nonsense meaty and spicy smoke with notes of nuts and dark chocolate. And with a suggested retail price of only $4.95, it’s an amazing bargain as well.

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