Smoke a La Aurora 107 Day Contest

October 2, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Community, Cigar Industry · Comment 

Barry from Miami Cigar & Co. asked me to do this so I’m going to do it.

On October seventh you should upload a picture of you smoking a La Aurora 107 (I suggest the corona or the robusto) in honor of Smoke a 107 Day. Why do this? After all, this is a lot of work as it requires a couple of clicks on your phone (take a picture of yourself smoking a La Aurora 107 and upload it with the hashtag #LaAurora107 – I guess that’s technically a few clicks). Well, it looks like someone will win a trip to the Dominican Republic to tour the La Aurora factory. I’ve been to their factory and it’s pretty damn awesome. So do it!

Smoke a 107 Day

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La Aurora Para Japón Cigar Review

July 8, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

After three years of Spanish in high school I am reasonably certain that “Para Japón” has something to do with bacon. The Para Japón cigar hails from La Aurora, a very charitable company, and some of the proceeds from the sale of these cigars goes to humanitarian efforts to help Japan rebuild after the disasters that befell it a while ago. Read HERE for more information.

Fine looking cigar; nothing particularly special about the way it looks. There are some oils on the wrapper, looks well made, has a couple of veins here and there and the wrapper is of a lighter brown hue. Of course, none of this really matters all that much because you can’t judge cigars by how good their wrapper looks. To the review!

Credit: Cigar Explorer

Credit: Cigar Explorer

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 5”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Brazil & Cameroon
Price: $65.00/Box of 12 | $28.00/Pack of Five

Red Wedding Flame!

The first and main flavor during the first third is sweet oak; it’s nice. There’s also some hay and a salty, rare meat flavor. Overall, the flavors are in the lighter spectrum of the flavor profile and I cannot find much to fault here.

While the second third has much the same flavors as the first, the flavors are now working better together. I like the mix of the sweetness and the oak and the hay; they play off of each other well and make the whole experience better.

This cigar does produce a lot of smoke throughout and, in its totality, is pretty enjoyable. The final third sees much the same flavor profile as the second third. And that’s fine.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Aurora Para Japón shows some flickers of excellence but, in its totality, is nothing special. As noted, it burns well and the draw is good, which is the baseline for a cigar, but the flavors weren’t very evocative and, even though they worked well together, they didn’t ever really get going. There’s some promise in this cigar but it’s unrealized.

87 points

La Aurora Corojo Short Cigar Review

April 10, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

Full Disclosure: Received this cigar from Miami Cigar Co. All reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo   |   Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra   |   Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan   |   Box of 25: $146.00; 5 Pack: $32.00   |   Robusto   |   5″ x 50

0/3: Good looking cigar. Very smooth to the touch and there is a good coating of oils as well. A couple of smaller, gnarled veins appear like scars. Evenly and tightly packed.

Here’s the blurb from Miami Cigar about this cigar:

La Aurora Corojo is handmade in Santiago, DR with a Corojo-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. An Ecuadorian Sumatra binder frames a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers. A slow, even burn delivers a medium-strength, but full-flavored smoke that’s ideal any time of day. Woody, nutty flavors prevail, with toasty notes of savory spice in the mix.

1/3: It starts off with this nice sweet spice and then progresses into oak. Good mixture of flavors. Bright and airy.

2/3: This third is mostly sweet and woody. The spice has significantly dissipated to a point where it’s not much of a factor.

3/3: Spice makes a small comeback. It’s a tasty cigar but does have it’s limits. The flavors just aren’t that impressive, they’re good but not great.

4/3: Good draw and burn. It’s a medium bodied cigar. The flavors are good and they work well together. The flavors aren’t particularly great and there isn’t a perfect marriage of the flavors.

3.5 points

La Aurora 107 Short Cigar Review

December 21, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

This sample comes from Miami Cigar & Co. All reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Ecuador   |   Binder: Dominican Republic   |   Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua   |   Box of 21: $114.00 | Single: $6.34   |   Corona   |   5 ½″ x 43

0/3: This is the La Aurora 107 corona, a cigar that I have smoked a number of times but only feel like doing a short review for right now. I have reviewed the La Aurora 107 before and I liked it. They are good cigars and I can honestly tell you that I have not heard anyone say anything truly negative about these cigars.

This cigar feels a little soft to the touch. A little veiny but not too pronounced. The wrapper is a little oily to the touch and it is pretty obvious that these cigars are well made.

1/3: One of the things that I like about smaller cigars is that it seems, to me at least, that the flavors are more concentrated and that is what I am getting with this cigar. While I liked the other vitolas that I tried the corona seems to be the best fit for me. Spice, buttered toast and some woody notes make up the bulk of the flavors for me.

2/3: This cigar seems to be a little stronger than the other vitolas as well. While not full bodied I would peg it in the medium-full bodied range. The flavors are still very strong during this third and it is a very enjoyable cigar.

3/3: While the final third stays pretty much the same as the previous two thirds I am not disappointed because the flavors were very enjoyable. Add to the mix the fact that this cigar has a good draw and burn there is nothing negative that can be said about it.

4/3: Very solid cigar, definitely my favorite size of the La Aurora 107s. And they smoke quickly too. So, if you find yourself with a lot of 30 minute to hour long gaps of time fill it up with one of these cigars.

4.5 points

My La Aurora Cigar Factory Trip

May 24, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Industry · 7 Comments 

Plumbing problems have a way of making you wish you were someplace else. Last night, after my first trip abroad, I was welcomed by a plumbing problem that, without going into too much detail, couldn’t be solved with even the most forceful application of a plunger. So even though I was glad to be back home I was already wishing I was back in the Dominican Republic where I smoked God only knows how many cigars, drank tons of rum and beer, ate some of the best food I’ve ever had and, more importantly, met some awesome people.

Miami Cigar and Company, which advertises on this blog, set up this junket for a group comprised of mostly cigar bloggers but also a PR guy and a cruise guy (I’ll name names at the end of this post). We were set up at a very nice hotel called the Camp David Ranch. It is set on top of a hill with some amazing sites and is extremely cigar friendly.

The first full day in the Dominican Republic featured a trip to the La Aurora cigar factory. Unless you have seen one of these factories firsthand then there’s little chance you can completely grasp the massive operation it is to make premium cigars. Jose Blanco, one of our gracious hosts and a brilliant cigar man, led the tour. He started us off running… with a test!

After sitting us all in a conference room we were handed baggies with five cigars, each rolled with a unique type of tobacco. Our mission was to figure out the flavors associated with each cigar, its strength and, the really hard part, which country the tobacco hails from. So here I’m sitting, right next to Jose Blanco nonetheless, trying not to look completely like a rube. I think I may have gotten one country of origin right but the big takeaway from that experience for me was that there is still boatloads of stuff I need to learn. (I’ll go into more depth about this seminar in another post since I did learn a tremendous amount about cigars during this exercise and I think you would like to learn about this stuff as much as I do.)

I guess none of us failed that entrance exam horribly enough because we were all allowed to tour the factory and blend our own cigars. Man, now that was an experience. Using the impressions we were able to glean from those five test cigars we were tasked with formulating a blend comprised of any combination from those tobaccos. Then we picked up our tobacco leaves and headed off to bunch them. I was horrible at that. If it weren’t for the guys there basically doing the bunching and rolling for me there is no way I would have ended up with anything that even remotely looks like cigars.

With the filler and binder tobaccos resting in forms we went off to look at all sorts of things. Rollers, curing rooms, a contraption that makes tobacco leaves more pliable, another contraption that rips out stems and so much more. Most of it was very humid but amazing to see. The most apt description of my sense of awe at seeing the complexity of their operation is this: WOW!

After picking my jaw up from the ground we went back to put the finishing touches on our own cigars. I was horrible at that too. Putting a wrapper on a cigar looks simple enough but it’s deceptively complicated. You have to put the wrapper down, then cut it so you’re left with a strip of tobacco, then put the foot of your bunched tobaccos at one end, roll it, apply some glue, roll some more, cut this way, cut that way, twist the extra, cut of the extra, cut the cap from a scrap piece of tobacco, apply some more glue, try to get it on and then, in my case, hand it over to the man who was watching over me so that he could fix it enough so the whole thing didn’t just fall apart. Even though it wasn’t an easy thing to do I had a blast. They even gave me a framed photo of myself rolling the cigar to commemorate the experience.

The rest of our stay in the Dominican Republic was a feast comprised of cigars, rum, cigars, authentic Dominican food, cigars, beer, karaoke and some more cigars. Guillermo León, who is the head of his family’s cigar business, was frequently there and added a great deal to my enjoyment of the trip. All in all it was a great trip and I can’t wait to see another cigar factory. My sincerest thanks to the La Aurora cigar family.

So, who else was on this great trip? Here’s a list:

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