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Cigar Review: La Aurora 1495 Churchill

6 May 2015

1495For many smokers, warm weather signals the time to find some lower-priced sticks that can be enjoyed while pursuing outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, or mowing the lawn.

My advice? Buy a box of La Aurora 1495 Churchills.

Forget the no-name bundles, seconds, factory throwouts, and all those others where you run a high risk of poor construction and inconsistency.

The 1495 delivers top construction and performance with four-alarm smoke production at bargain-basement prices. Just what you’d expect from La Aurora, which has been rolling cigars in the Dominican Republic since 1903.

Check several of the big online retailers, and you’ll find the 1495 at less than $70 for a cardboard box of 25. (Smaller sizes are even cheaper.)

With a ten-year history, this line combines tobacco from Ecuador (wrapper), the Dominican Republic (binder and filler), and Nicaragua and Peru (filler). It’s a smooth combination that creates a mild to medium strength experience.

It’s not overly complex, not the sort you’re likely to look forward to as a celebration stick. But you’ll find nice tobacco flavors with nuts and a subtle spice near the end. At 7 inches with a ring gauge of 50, the 1495 is perfect for those long, sunny afternoons wherever you are or whatever you’re doing.

Smokers looking for a bargain cigar really need look no further. A few years ago, a review awarded the 1495 Robusto four stogies.

While, for me, the Churchill isn’t quite at that level, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to new smokers and those looking for a better-than-just-good daily cigar.

I feel the 1495 Churchill is worthy of a strong rating of three and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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2 Responses to “Cigar Review: La Aurora 1495 Churchill”

  1. Mike Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    It’s funny how subjective tastes are. I find this cigar to be fairly spicy– I’ve gotten heartburn from it. But I can enjoy it.

    Are they still in production? I’ve seen them sold online at closeout prices.

  2. George E Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Mike – I’m not absolutely sure about this, so don’t hold me to it. But I believe the current 1495 has become an online/catalog cigar, more or less. And you can find it at some of the bigger online shops. I know there’s been talk for several years about it being discontinued but I don’t think that’s happened.