Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Cubano, Nicaraguan Habano
Vitola: 5 x 50 “Robusto”
Brand: La Aurora
Factory: La Aurora Cigar Factory
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Availability: Regular Production
Source: IPCPR 2016
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La Aurora Corojo – Initial Thoughts
When I received my review package from the 2016 IPCPR, I was quite excited to see this in the mix. I’ve never had a La Aurora stick before and have always wanted to try something from their line. After close inspection though, my excitement turned into doubt.
The La Aurora Corojo is hard on the eyes with sloppy seams, large, visible veins, and a poorly applied cap. There is minimal oil and no tooth present. I slice the cap with my chosen V-cut and the cold draw offers spice, earth, and wood.
La Aurora Corojo – Smoking Experience
The first puff powers its way over my palate with black pepper that’s strong and heavy on the back of my tongue. After a couple minutes, and a huge gulp of water, both my tongue and the Corojo calm down. Dark cocoa, light coffee, and nuts are joined by a woody finish. The flavors are not overpowering but well-balanced.
Almost at the halfway point of the first third, red pepper joins in with a hint of sweet cream in the finish. The pepper is spicy enough to be noticed even with the sweet cream cooling it down, making for my favorite sweet and spicy combo.
The second third starts off sweet and savory with leather, sweet cream, and a buttery finish. The flavors are deep and rich, but drop off in intensity as I progress forward. Towards the end of this segment, the leather flourishes before transitioning to baking spice, dried fruit, and semi sweet chocolate.
The final third starts off with wood, leather, and light coffee with a buttery finish. Near the nub, I’m getting hints of caramel, cinnamon, and blasts of cedar that only last for a few puffs.
La Aurora Corojo – Burn and Draw
The draw of the La Aurora Corojo could not have been any better. The intake was effortless, yielding a creamy white smoke. The burn, on the other hand, wasn’t so good, requiring multiple touchups.
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