To celebrate the the companies 100th anniversary, The 100 Años cigar was created. La Aurora was founded in 1903, and to celebrate the this cigar first appeared in 1994. The cigar was met with much fanfare in it was labeled the 3rd best cigar that year Cigar Aficionado Magazine. When the cigar first appeared on the market the lancero was not one of the sizes released. In fact only 800 boxes were ever produced by using the remaining tobacco from the blend.
Cigar: Aurora 100 Anos
Size: 7.5 x 40 (Lancero)
Appearance and Construction (16/20): The label of the cigar features the Aurora lion with a banner underneath stating 100 anos and utilizes colors the of red, beige, yellow and gold. The lancero at first look is a beautiful looking cigar. However under close inspection the cigar has an exorbitant amount of veins, but luckily only 1 of them sticks out above the surface. Despite the number of veins, locating the seams of the the roll is virtually impossible. This toothy stick has a bad looking cap though where the cut lines are very uneven and slightly off center but this gets cut off so it is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. The cigar has a nice weight to it, and no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): I am a huge fan of the notes one gets off the foot of aged Dominican tobacco. The notes are similar to that of an Anejo with that oak barrel nose and some molasses as well. The wrapper has a faint nose of chocolate while the prelight draw reminds me of cashews and molasses. As we light up the stick it offers some enjoyable spice and wood notes before being joined by a slight leather. As we approach the second third of this outstanding lancero there are some notes that are perceived by me as bread along side some cinnamon spice and a touch of wood. The final third of the cigar has some spice notes and a touch of leather. The cigar has an amazingly long finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar has one of the best burns of any lancero I have smoked. The burn is so straight it is almost obscene. The medium gray ash holds for ages which is unheard of in a lancero cigar. The draw, although a little looser then I would like works well on this lancero that stood lit from start to finish.
Overall (22/25): Lancero cigars lately for me have been so hit and miss in terms of keeping them lit. I really enjoy how much more the flavors pop off the wrapper. This cigar is a lancero done right. What I don’t understand is the price of the lancero in general. The cigar uses much less tobacco yet in most cases the cigars are more expensive then a robusto. $11.0o is a bit steep for a stick of it’s size but the cigar was enjoyable and there were no regrets.