CAO Italia Novella cigars are luscious little Coronitas handmade with Italian-grown Habano tobacco, plus Nicaraguan & Peruvian longfiller encased in a tawny, sweet-smelling, Honduran wrapper. The result is a rich, earthy and remarkably smooth, medium to full-bodied cigar with a marvelous aroma.
I love this blend, but not this size. I bought a couple of 5-packs of these last year, and they consistently are an uneven burn. I prefer the toro, in which the burn is very even and the flavors come out better.
These cigars have a gorgeous box and a pretty label and appear to be delicious. Appearances can be deceiving as this cigar has mediocre at best. its got a decent draw to it, though the construction leaves something to be admired. unlike most of the CAo lines this one is mostly nice packageing as its a harsh tasting cigar, from start to finish and the finish leaves a putrid aftertaste that reminds you of a honduran bundled piece of dung.
ok, so....I did the review of the Piazza back in April and had a bad experience. Since then I've tried more Italia's and am happy to report that I believe I've found what the problem was, it was size.....or too much of it to be exact. The little Novella started out with that unique savory flavor that only the Italia has and it stayed that way for most of the cigar. I've also tried the Positano which doesn't hold its flavor quite as long but its still fares better than the Piazza. Evidently all the flavor is in the wrapper and the larger ring gauge you get, the more it has to compete with the binder and filler. Also, make sure you let these guys rest at least several months. Dry-boxing seems to help a great deal in getting the burn and draw to work properly.