During my recent trip to the Dominican Republic to tour the La Aurora Cigar Factory I was gifted a box of the B.M.E Domicana from them. Despite these cigars coming as a gift I decided to burn them. The result is this review which is just as honest as if I had bought them. Yes, this is a disclaimer and it is now required by law to offer a disclaimer on items that were comped.
The original 1495 Series was made to commemorate the 510th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arrival to the valley of Cibao which is the home of some of the best Dominican tobacco. The BME edition is available only to Brick & Mortars and cannot be found online.
Cigar: Aurora 1495 Series BME Dominicana
Size: 5.75 x 54
Filler: Peruvian Ligero, Corojo, Nicaraguan, Piloto Cubano
Twitter: La Aurora Cigars, Jose Blanco, Guillermo Leon
Appearance and Construction: The milk chocolate in color wrapper of this fine cigar is extremely oily and that is a sign of what I hope will be good things to come. The cigar is well rolled with only minimal veins showings. The cigar has a nice weight to it with no soft spots and the foot reveals a nice bunching. The band is the classic look Aurora 1495 Series with a secondary wrapper stated it is the BME Dominicana version.
Flavor & Notes : It turns out my prelight draw ritual is an important step according to Jose Blanco which feels good to hear from an expert. The nose can detect far more then the palate so smelling the foot is an important step. It is also why you should blow smoke through the nose as well from time to time. The foot reveals some sweetness that borders on chocolate with a slight spice while the foot offered up some raisins and a slight spice. Once lit the first third offers up notes of spice and wood with an underlying sweetness and the occasional wisp of cinnamon especially through the nose. The 2nd third of the cigar the subtle sweetness remains and really takes hold with notes of wood and spice present as well. The final third of the cigar the strength begins to kick in as the spice becomes more of a black pepper especially on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: As I smoked this beauty I was enamored with the razor thin burn line which was a sign of aging of this excellent cigar. The draw was flawless and there was a solid medium gray colored ash that held on very well. There was a nice volume of smoke present as well which gave this stogie some great characteristics.
Conclusion: The BME Edition of this smoke seemed to me to be much richer in terms of body and taste from the regular like. If you see these in a shop I highly recommend picking up a few especially if you are a fan of La Aurora cigars. Sadly finding out information on how these differ other then size from the regular line was impossible to track down online.