Cigar Review: Cien Anos Maduro by La Aurora
It’s been a long time since I wrote a review and wether or not I do another one remains to be seen but writing feels natural to me, it always has. To quote Charlie over at halfwheel.com he says the world needs another blogger and one can easily sense the sarcasm. Having worked at Miami Cigar & Company I can share the horrors of why we get a bad rap, so maybe there is a reason for me to come back you never know.
Today I am reviewing the limited edition La Aurora Cien Anos Maduro. It was a box given to me by the VP of Miami Cigar, Jason Wood on my last day with the company. The cigar which was initially limited to 7,000 stick is still available as part of a package to retailers.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Construction and Appearance: Despite La Aurora being known for there construction, the wrapper on some of the Cien Anos Maduro can come off as ugly with some veins and creases on the Broadleaf. The dark wrapper almost has an unnatural appearance to it as well. The foot of the cigar has a few stems visible and there appears to be almost no ligero in the filler. The cold draw has the perfect amount of resistance.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of the Cien Anos Maduro serves up notes of raisins and subtle chocolate. Upon initial light the notes of chocolate become dominant and take on an almost mocha like taste. Through the nose there is a subtle spice on this medium strength smoke. The raisins remain but are secondary to the lush chocolate/mocha. As we enter the first third of the smoke the chocolate fades away and an almost wheat like note takes over with some nuttiness. As we enter the second third of the cigar the sweetness of the chocolate returns while holding on to the earthy wheat like notes. The final third of the cigar the aroma really begins to shine. It compliments the chocolate notes that have remained consistsnt throughout the cigar and the nuts rejoin the mix as we conclude the smoke.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar has a nice slow burn with a lot of smoke production. The burn of cigar is crisp with thin carbon lines and while it never needs to be touched up the burn isn’t razor sharp. The ash isn’t as firm as I would like considering the amount of linen shirts I have begun wearing, so to avoid putting a hole in my shirt i ashed every third of the cigar. The cigar burned from first to last puff with no re-lights needed or touch ups. The finish was a little bit short, by this I mean it didn’t linger which is good if you smoke more then one cigar a day.
Conclusion: The original Cien Anos is considered by many to be the greatest cigar to ever come out of the La Aurora factory. While I might argue for the Diamond Preferidos, but, the original 100 Years did get a Number 2 rating in Aficionado. The Maduro is a nice spin on the original Cien Anos and worthy of tracking down.
Disclaimer: All typos and grammatical errors have been left in to honor the memory of the late great Gary Arzt.