Fernando León Family Reserve by La Aurora was one of the new cigars launched by Miami Cigar Co at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando. The Fernando León Family Reserve is named after La Aurora President Guillermo León’s father, Don Fernando León. The Fernando León Family Reserve is available in the same 5 sizes as the Guillermo León Signature Series. The five sizes are Corona Gorda (6 x 47), Belicoso (6 1/4 x 52), Gran Toro (6 x 58), Robusto (5 x 5o), and Corona (5 1/2 x 42) which I am reviewing today.
Size: 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Peruvian, Brazilian, and Dominican
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Fernando León Family Reserve is a medium brown with a pleasing clay-reddish hue. It has moderate veins and an attractive oily texture. It feels fairly heavy in hand for such a small cigar. The band is attractive, yet simplistic. It features a lion’s head and Fernando León Family Reserve written in script.
Flavor and notes: The wrapper of the Fernando León Family Reserve has notes of sweet cedar, earth, and a light spice. The foot has the scent of earth, grass, cedar, and spice. To prepare smoking the Fernando León Family Reserve I use a straight cut and I am greeted with a pleasant blend of cedar, spice and grass on the pre-light draw.
Smoking Characteristics: The Fernando León Family Reserve starts off with a great draw, easily providing a full body of rich, smooth, smoke which warms the palate slightly. There are notes of wood, cedar, lots of spice, and a bit of grass. The spice is fairly intense, but not overpowering. The cedar and spice lingers long on the palate between draws, warming the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The burn is excellent and the ash holds firm.
Into the second third of the Fernando León Family Reserve, the spices subside. The notes of wood, cedar, and grass all remain, making for an enjoyable blend. The draw in this third remains wonderful. A creamy finish completes each draw of full, rich, smooth smoke. The strength is around the medium point, with a rich and spicy retrohale.
During the last third, the spiciness has totally subsided. In fact, now there is only a little cedar note in the blend. During this third, the profile becomes more earthy with a slight floral note. The warming effect on the palate is almost gone completely now. The construction on the Fernando León Family Reserve holds up well. The draw, burn, and ash all perform amply.
Conclusion: The Fernando León Family Reserve was an enjoyable stick with fantastic construction and some nice flavors. If you enjoy woody, spicy, cigars that warm the mouth a bit, this is a great stick. My verdict on the Fernando León Family Reserve is that it is a nice stick to have and I could certainly see myself picking up more of these. It is a great cigar to pair with a wide variety of beverages.