La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 – Cigar Review

Happy Friday everyone! I have the review prepared for the Rodrigo La Fortaleza but I chose to post this review on the La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 first. I am posting this review so you have a chance to grab one. Packed in only 1,000 boxes of 8, your window to grab one could be very short. As you may have heard, the 2004 started shipping this week and I grabbed one to try. I liked the La Aurora Puro Vintage 2003 but cringed at the $25 price point. The Puro Vintage 2004 comes in at a more palatable $16 and will be in range of more smokers.

The 2004 is a smaller smoke as well and will be a smoke that is more time manageable at just beyond an hour.

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Strength: Med/Full
Body: Med
Flavor: Med/Full
Factory: E. León Jimenes Tabacalera
Vitola: 6.5 x 52 Salomon


Appearance: This vitola is gorgeous looking and is available in one size only. This Salamon comes in at 6.5 x 52 which is smaller than the Puro Vintage 2003. The wrapper has some medium sized veins and a rich reddish brown hue with a fair amount of oils visible to the naked eye. The band of the cigar has the new La Aurora look to it just like the Leon Jimenes Prestige I reviewed last week. In the hand the cigar feels a bit underpacked with some soft spots and a light weight to it.

Flavor: The cold draw of the Puro Vintage 2004 from La Aurora has a nutty note with some earthy undertones as well and is very appealing. The nose of the cigar is more earthy than anything else. As I smoked the first third of the cigar, I pick up notes of sunflower seeds that Barry Stein mentioned existed in the 2003. Perhaps, it was the power of suggestion but I could swear those notes filled my exhale. As the cigar makes its way into the second third the strength picks up and lets you know that this blend is stronger than the previous edition. Now, the 2003 has much more aging time (released in 2008) so the 2004 may smooth out as the flavors continue marry over time.  Continuing in the middle third, the notes are earth with a touch of coffee and a gentle spice through the nose. The final third of the cigar continues with notes of earth and coffee and a touch of nuttiness. The spice continues to develop through the nose without becoming overpowering. Overall, a pleasant smoking experience.

Characteristics: Further proof of the added strength of the Puro Vintage 2004 is the visible presence of some blue smoke which usually denotes Ligero tobacco. The higher primings have a higher mineral content. The draw is slightly loose but does not detract from the overall experience of this smoke. The cigar remained lit without touch up, and the ash, while a bit flaky, held on for nearly half the cigar. Just prior to the label I did touch up the stick slightly but I was sitting under a smoke eater so that could of played into the burn. I smoked the cigar to the end with water only but could see this cigar pairing well with a 12+ year single malt scotch.

Overall: At $16.00 this cigar comes in nearly $9.00 cheaper than the predecessor. However, it is a better cigar and a logical progression for the blend. The Puro Vintage 2004 has more power, more flavor and more bang for the buck. A truly enjoyable specimen that was worth the wait for its release. This is a limited edition, folks, so do not wait to long to get yours!

Rating: 90

You won’t go wrong trying at least one of these!