Back on March 12th, 2010 I posted the press release on the La Aurora 107 and I have to admit it piqued my interest. While not a huge fan of the Preferidos I have enjoyed cigars that carry he La Aurora name. So needless to say I was happy when Miami Cigar Company sent along a few samples for review.
The cigar, named La Aurora 107 in honour of the company’s 107 years in business, will be released in a series of steps, commencing 1 April. “In conjunction with Guillermo and Jose we have planned an exciting series of events to introduce tobacconists and their customers to this cigar,” Nestor Miranda said.
“As for the name, La Aurora 107, following on the heels of Cien Años, which marked the company’s 100th anniversary it was decided to keep it simple and meaningful…and easy to remember, hence, La Aurora 107 – La Aurora’s 107th year!”
La Aurora’s distributor, Miami Cigar & Company, has announced that the new cigar will only be available in brick and mortar tobacconists.
Cigar: La Auroa 107
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Appearance and Construction: The first thing that really jumps out at me on this cigar is the label. The band is simply stunning and a work of art that pulls your eyes toward it. As for the stick itself the Ecuadorian wrapper has some veins that are slightly raised which can be felt under their fingers although barely. The cap is slightly off center on a few of the samples as well but once cut one would never know, would they? There is a nice weight to this cigar with no soft spots and well packed foot.
Flavor & Notes : The most important part of a cigar is how it tastes followed closely by how it burns. Prior to lighting up the foot offers a nice sweetness to the nose while the draw offers a sweetness with a some soft spices. Once the cigar is lit there is a nice wood character to the cigar along with some nice spices that border on cinnamon and nutmeg. As the 2nd third of the cigar is breached cinnamon is the really dominant taste here along with some warm bread notes. The final third of the La Aurora 107 takes on some notes of leather and wood with a subtle spice on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I’ve smoked a few La Aurora cigars over the last few weeks and one thing I noticed is they get heavier as you smoke them. I like the heavy weight of the cigar in my hand but why I could not tell you. The burn of the cigar is razors edge straight. The light to medium color ash holds on incredibly well. The draw is idea and despite the cigar getting heavier and denser it does not effect the pull. This is a nice smoke producer when puffing away and even in the resting position if has some significant smoke filling the room with a nice aroma. I smoked this all the way down to the end and it never got hot to the touch.
Conclusion: This stick is a nice tribute to the company being around for 107 years. Offering a nice complex flavor profile the cigar left me feeling content and fulfilled. It was a medium bodied cigar that some seasoned cigar smokers might label as mild. I look forward to smoking this a regular basis as the price is right.
Price: $6.50 (Comes out April 1st)