Cigar Review: La Aurora Corojo

When people ask me what I thought the best cigar was at IPCPR I usually answer one of two cigars. One of which is today’s review, the La Aurora Corojo. Sadly though I had no idea this cigar was coming out til I got one at the booth of the trade show. My focus was on the Guillermo Leon Signature and I hope this one does not get lost in the shuffle of my fellow smokers.

The La Aurora Corojo comes in 5 different sizes. The Aurora #4 (5.25 x 43), Belicoso (6.25 x 52), Double Corona (7.5 x 50), Gran Corona (6.5 x 50) and the Robusto (5 x 50). MSRP is $5.60 to 6.80 a cigar before any taxes.

Cigar: La Aurora Corojo
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Binder: Ecuadoian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Cubano, Dominican Olor, Nicaraguan Habano ’00
Twitter: @laauroracigars
Facebook: La Aurora Cigars
Official Site: http://www.rediscoverlaaurora.do/

Appearance and Construction: The La Aurora Corojo cigar features a gorgeous looking reddish brown wrapper with no blemishes, over-sized veins, or any imperfections. The cigar has a nice weight to it with no soft spots to be found while the foot reveals a nice bunching. The band is the simplistic classic looking red, white and gold La Aurora logo which reminds me a bit of a fireman’s logo. At the rate I have been burning these sticks I could be labeled an arsonist of the tobacco variety.

Flavor & Notes: Once I clipped the cap and spent 2 hours looking for matches (yes, i it would of been easy to just go to the store and buy a lighter but I can be stubborn at times) it was time to smoke another one for review. The cold draw offers up some spice, raisin and a faint molasses while the foot of the cigar is spicy. Once lit the cigar has a slight spice to it, as well as notes of cedar and a slight raisin. Through the nose the cigar a nice spice to it that heightens some cinnamon notes as the cigar enters the second third. The second third has some aforementioned notes of cinnamon but is also joined by a nuttiness and continued cedar. As the approach the final third of the cigar the notes remain of cedar and spice with an occasional wisp of cinnamon.

Smoking Characteristics: The burn of the cigar was even til almost the end of the cigar. In the last third I needed to touch it up some as it slightly canoed on me, but this is what lighters are for right? The cigar I smoked courtesy of my local rep this past Thursday burned like a dream  so I am not really worried about that imperfection in the burn. The dark color ash held very well and I had to double tap it around the second half to break it off. I did so so I wouldn’t wind up with a pile of ash on the floor. The draw was perfect from start to finish.

Conclusion: I really enjoyed this cigar a lot from the first time i smoked it and of all the cigars I smoked so far from IPCPR this is in my top two even if the score doesn’t reflect it. There are a lot of factor that come into play in stating such. The profile is right up my alley, and the price is right. I just hope with all the stuff coming out from my friends at La Aurora and Miami Cigar that this doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Rating: 90
Price: $6.00

Disclaimer: This cigar was gifted to me by Miami Cigars & La Aurora Cigars both of whom I have developed a close friendship with. Despite this my reviews are as I see (taste) them, and invite you respond with your thoughts. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.