17 Jan 2007
La Aurora is the oldest cigar manufacturer in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1903, the company makes cigarettes, beer (such as Presidente), and, naturally, handmade cigars.
But the 1495 Series isn’t just a Dominican; La Aurora combined tobacco from four different countries to create this classic-sized five inch by 50 ring gauge robusto.
The medium brown Sun Grown Ecuadorian wrapper has a lovely sheen and hardly any veins. Pre-light, the tobacco revealed earthy notes with hints of chocolate.
After lighting the stick with some wooden matches, the cigar initially gave off some bitter flavors, but this disappeared after only four or five puffs. After the bitterness faded, notes of earth and nut came in clearly, making for a balanced, medium-bodied smoke. At about the halfway point, some subtle spice added to the complex flavor profile.
The draw was easy and the stogie provided abundant aromatic smoke. Another sign of the excellent construction was a perfectly even burn and a gray ash that held for a full inch and a half.
Cigars like the Aurora 1495 show the skill that goes into proper blending. With five different types of tobaccos representing Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic (which is the source for the binder as well as one of the filler tobaccos), it is no surprise that the cigar is complex, but what is most impressive is the balance that this complex blend maintains.
Overall, with its combination of a flavorful, balanced taste and nearly flawless construction, the La Aurora 1495 Robusto earns the notable rating of four out of five stogies.
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