CAO recently introduced three new cigars, but none were actually new brands. However, one was a new blend, since a Maduro wrapper is used on the new La Traviata Maduro cigar. Last year, La Traviata was released with a Colorado-brown Ecuadorian wrapper, and the new Maduro version uses the same filler/binder blend. These are value-priced cigars that are medium-to-full bodied, and are very satisfying without being sweet or spicy. These cigars have the potential to improve by aging them in a humidor for a few months. I rate them a respectable 3½ stars, for now.
CAO also announced new sizes for their Lx2 and Brazilia lines. Lx2 is CAO's full bodied double ligero cigar, which is now available in a very large "Gordo" size (6 x 60). I prefer the Lx2 cigar in one of the smaller sizes, but rate them all 3½ stars. Last year, Dr. Fadem wrote a full review of CAO's Lx2 cigars, which you can read by clicking here.
Last and certainly not least, CAO's popular Brazilia cigar is now available in the "Corcovado" size, which measures 4¼ x 60. I enjoyed this cigar more than the previous two, and rate it a solid 4 stars. Brazilia has a nice rich tobacco flavor with a hint of sweet spice. This cigar is medium-to-full bodied, but closer to full, right between the Lx2 and La Traviata on the fullness scale. By all means, try all three of CAO's new cigars. But if you must pick only one, I recommend the CAO Brazilia.
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