Brand: La Aurora
Size: 6 1/4″ x 52
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 3 Years
Price: $5.00 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
Its been a while since I last had one of these sticks, but after three years of aging I thought I might as well give it its time in the light. I have always been a fan of La Aurora cigars but unfortunately this one is not one of them. The cigar comes in with a very toothy and dry-looking wrapper. The seams were visible and the back was hard yet light. I snipped the end off with my table guillotine cutter and lit it up with a cedar match. The aromas were pretty good with notes of earth, leather and hay. The taste and finish weren’t that far off with slights notes of coffee on the end. The smoke was really dry; if that makes any sense, It definitely left my mouth parched.
First Third (1/3) – 20 min
Given the size of the stick I expected to have a far longer burn, but it seems that the light pack was responsible. There were notes of cedar on the finish but the initial draw was dominated by a bitter chocolate. The smoke output was decent, but given the open draw I expected it to produce far more. The body at this third was definitely a medium body.
Second Third (2/3) – 25 min
This third took slightly longer than the first and the finish followed suit. The lingering notes lasted longer and were mostly composed of coffee and leather. There was a noticeable lack of creaminess that I typically experience when I get notes of leather and this stick was certainly harsher then I would have liked. The dryness persisted and I had to keep going for a glass of water.
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
There was not much change from the previous third except for a notable increase in bitter notes which were not at all pleasant when accompanied by such a dry smoke.
Total Smoke Time: 1h
I will try not to be to harsh on this stick because it did produce some good flavours and I had not construction problems. However, taking into account its dryness and bitterness, its hard to call this cigar anything other than mediocre. The La Aurora Traditional Belicoso, on The Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale, gets a:
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.