Cigar Review: La Aurora Gold Preferidos Tubo
Last year I was part of a group of bloggers that was graciously invited by Miami Cigar & Company to the La Aurora factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic and I had the time of my life. In fact, I considered the trip to a be a life changing event. Not only did I make great friends within the blogging community I managed to stay close with Jason Wood from Miami Cigar & Company as well as Amaury Abreau, Manuel Innoa, Jose Manuel, Jose Blanco and Guillermo Leon from La Aurora. As luck would have it, I got invited back this year with a new group of bloggers. While there from March 17th to 20th I will working on a series of stories for The Cigar Network Magazine. Stay tuned because on Sunday we will tell you how to get a subscription for 15% of the regular rates.
When I was at the La Aurora factory last year I didn’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the Aurora Preferido due to the fact the price was a too high because of the tubos. Well thankfully the cigars are available without the tubos, but I figured I would cave in and try one again now that my trip is less then a month away.
Cigar: La Flor Dominicana
Size: 5 x 54 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Domincan Corojo
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Piloto Cubano, Bahía and Cameroon
Appearance and Construction: Encased in a stunning tube of Gold, the Corojo wrapper version of the Preferidos stands out on the shelf. The cigar itself isn’t a thing of beauty with a lot of character plenty of veins to it and a rough, coarse feel to the fingers. The roll of the cigar is slightly porous, but thankfully we have learned that beauty is on the inside, and the appearance doesn’t always effect the flavors of a cigar.
Flavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up, the aroma off of the cigar and foot was a strong cedar with a slight spice. The cold draw had an underlying sweetness and a touch of earth. Once the cigar is lit there is some strong wood notes, that remind me of the scent of a freshly cut elm tree. There is also an occasional sweetness that teases but does not completely develop. The second third of the smoke develops of notes of cocoa and a continued wood with a slight vanilla bean on the finish. The final third of the cigar continues with serve up much of the same, but the spice begins to kick it up a notch while never becoming overpowering.
Smoking Characteristics: This cigar was one of those sticks where the burn was never perfect and you always worried it was going to get out of hand. Thankfully, it never did but the flaky white ash made a mess out of my black shirt while smoking. The draw was perfect, but what really stood out was the amazing aroma that really dazzled the senses.
Conclusion: I hate to say it, but I am still not a fan. While I can see why many would love this smoke for me it is an attachment to the old La Aurora Cigar factory and I have begun a huge fan to how La Aurora has rediscovered itself. With many new and exciting projects scheduled for 2011 this should be yet another banner year for the Miami Cigar & Company with the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic leading the charge.
Price: $99.99 a box of 8 at Famous Smoke Shop
Disclaimer: As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement and to annoy my good friend Gary Arzt.