Tabacalera La Aurora

La Aurora Cigars, Tamboril, Dominican Republic

Falto Robusto

Back in 2010 I reviewed three Falto cigars and earlier this month I reviewed the Falto Lonsdale and the Falto Gran Reserva Especial Perfecto, now its time for the Falto Robusto. All the cigars are from the same, very generous, sampler that Luis Falto send me back in 2010 so we can say that these cigars are well aged by now.


The 5×50 Falto Robusto is made at La Aurora Cigars from Dominican filler and binder with a Sumatra wrapper grown in Ecuador. When the Falto was introduced it was as a small batch cigar, only 160 boxes of this blend would be produced on a yearly basis, I don’t know if the limitation is still in place and where these cigars are sold. I guess with a limited production like that they will all be sold at the cigar lounge Luis Falto owns in Puerto Rico


The wrapper is quite dark, like black coffee with a thin long vein running over it. The construction feels great and the cigar is nicely shaped with a beautiful head. The blue, yellow and golden ring is gorgeous, I just like the color combination, the sharpness, the clean design. The aroma is mild and reminds me of hay.


I cut the cigar and the cold draw is perfect. The flavor is of raw tobacco. After lighting I taste a nice, full, smooth coffee. After half an inch a perfectly balanced sugar sweet and lemon sour flavor takes over with coffee on the background.  After a third I taste I taste herbs with some acidity. Halfway done wood shows up too. The flavors then change to a nice mild spice mix with some sweetness and a little pepper. Near the end the cigar gets more peppery and sweeter.


The draw is fantastic, the burn crisp and straight, the smoke medium thick and gray. The ash is white to light gray, dense and firm. This is a medium bodied and medium flavored cigar with a good evolution and a great balance. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a very pleasant first cigar of the day kind of stick.

Score: 90
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Falto Gran Reserva Especial Prominent

I got this 4 1/2×4.7 perfecto in a sampler from Luis Falto a few years back and they came unbanded in a ziplock, written what cigars they were on the ziplock bags. But i’s unfair to judge them on the ring because this lacks one so I took a good look at the other Falto cigars, that had rings, and to the pictures on the internet to rate them.


The cigars are made at La Aurora with filler and binder from the Dominican Republic but with one of my favorite wrappers, Cameroon. I just love the herbal spiciness from that specific type of wrapper, I don’t think I ever had a Cameroon wrapped cigar that I didn’t enjoy so I have my hopes up for this cigar. Actually, when I think of it, the best cigar that I had from La Aurora was wrapped in Cameroon too.


As I said, I am judging the ring on internet pictures and other cigars and I love the ring. The blue and gold match, the logo is playful but classy, the highlights are perfect. This is one mighty good looking ring. The wrapper itself is typical Cameroon, the greenish brown wrapper with the small tooth, the veins, the brittleness. The construction feels great, the cigar is well packed, the cap and the little opening at the foot are great, this has been done by a skilled roller. There is a mild aroma of herbs when I smell the cigar.


I cut the cigar and the cold draw is fantastic. The flavor is a bit sweet and minty. After lighting I taste soil and herbs. After a few puffs I get that Cameroon spice but with honey and pepper. After a third I taste nutmeg, cumin, lemon and some pepper.


The draw is perfect, straight from the start. The ash is white and firm. The burn is quite straight. The smoke is good, medium full. This is a medium bodied full flavored cigar with a smoke time of an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? I still have some but I would buy them if they were available here.

Score: 91
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Falto Lonsdale

A few years ago, like 7 or 8 years back, I got in touch with Luis Falto from Falto Cigars/La Garita Cigar Company and he shipped me a bunch of cigars in exchange for reviews. And he was very courteous as he send me 4 sticks of each blend & vitola he made. I reviewed quite a few of them but recently I noticed I missed a bunch of reviews on my blog, probably they got deleted when I tried to edit them or add a category and pressed a wrong button, it happened to other reviews too, usually a case of me being quicker than my internet connection and pressing ‘save’ before the edited data is actually on the screen. But that’s not important now, I’m just happy I have some Falto cigars left to revisit them and post a new review.


Falto started during the Cigar Boom in the 1990’s and the cigars are made by the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, La Aurora. Even though Falto uses the La Aurora factory he blends his cigar himself and he is using tobacco that is rare to La Aurora and his production is very limited, a choice he made consciously to ensure quality and to set the company apart from the rest. The lonsdale that I’m reviewing today measures 6 1/2×42 and is made from Dominican filler, Dominican binder and a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador.


The cigar doesn’t come cello wrapped, I got them in sturdy ziplock bags, maybe the boxed cigars are cellophane wrapped but I’m not sure. The wrapper is a bit pale brown but has a little tooth, a little shine and a sparkle here and there from the minerals in the soils. The construction feels good and the head of the cigar is round with a pretty triple cap. The ring is beautiful, a thick golden outline and then a yellow and blue logo with a curly F. The aroma is pretty mild after all these years but I smell some hay.


I grabbed my xikar to cut the cigar. The cold draw is perfect and the cigar is quite spicy. After lighting the cigar, of course with my soft flame, I taste spices, fresh wood and some honey. After a few puffs, a quarter of an inch into the cigar I taste the fresh wood, honey, a spice mix and a hint of chocolate. After a third I taste nuts with a little cocoa in the aftertaste. The flavor then changes to a sharp wood with spices. The flavors are dry, a little harsh but not unpleasantly. After two thirds the cigar gets hot so I slow my smoking speed down to let the cigar cool a bit and prevent bitterness due to heat. I still taste the wood but now with some toast. The nuttiness is coming back but now with some pepper.


The draw is perfect, just the right amount of resistance. The ash is almost white, dense and firm. The smoke is medium thick and medium in volume too but the further I get into the cigar the ticker and more it gets. The brittle wrapper rips in the beginning causing a bit of a issue with the burn but as soon as the ripped piece is burned off the burn is straight as an arrow. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I might, love the vitola, liked the flavors.

Score: 92
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La Aurora 107 toro

The La Aurora 107 is a three vitola series of cigars made from Nicaraguan and Dominican binder and filler with an Ecuadorian wrapper. All tobaccos have been aged for at least six years. The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands yet, I bought this cigar while I was in Florida. I paid little over 6 dollars for this 5½x54 toro.
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The wrapper is a bit wrinkly and feels greasy. It has a nice chocolate brown color and is mild oily. I smell a barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes peppery.
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I taste a herbal earthy flavor with wood and some pepper. The cigar is quite spicy. After an inch I taste toast with herbs. After an inch I mostly taste herbs with some wood. The herbs I taste are parsley and chives. The toast gets a bit stronger.
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Just before halfway the flavors become mild creamy. Halfway I taste toast, wood and some herbs. The flavors are full yet smooth. The toast slowly becomes the main flavor with a herbal supporting flavor and some wood in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wood slowly replaces the toast as main flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is good, a little easy but still good. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wouldn’t mind if these became available on the Dutch market.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Aurora 1495 BME Nicaragua toro

Recently I got my hands on two La Aurora 1495 BME Toro, one Dominicana and one Nicaragua. These toros measure 5¾x54. The series come with four different wrappers, and I have now smoked two. The blend, made from Dominican corojo and ligero, Nicaraguan and Peruvian tobacco and a Dominican corojo binder. I need to get my hands on the Brazil and Ecuador version of these cigars too, I want to try the whole series. Only the Dominicana is for sale in The Netherlands and has a 8 euro pricetag.

This cellophane wrapped cigar has a milk chocolate brown wrapper with a few thick veins and a waterspot. The wrapper looks a bit dry . I like the band. The shape of the cigar is great. I smell a mild hay smell and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a herbal tobacco.

I taste a spicy and peppery flavour with fresh wood and soon some straw and hay with wood. On the background I taste a little bit of cacao. After an inch the cigar gets a bit milder. I taste leather, herbs and fresh wood. The cacao is milder too, but it’s still there. After a third the herbs are the main flavour with a hint of nutmeg.
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Halfway I taste and earthy flavour with herbs, a bit of nutmeg and white pepper. After two thirds I taste earth with wood and a little bit of cacao. The herbs are milder now and moved to the aftertaste. Soon after I taste a nice but strange wood flavour with herbs.

This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of smoke. The light gray ash is a bit frayed and not firm. The burn is crooked. The cigar is full flavoured and medium to full bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the BME Dominicana

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8/ 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Aurora 1495 BME Dominicana toro

I got this 5¾x54 toro at the barbecue of my Dutch website www.sigarenliefhebber.nl from a friendly merchant that visits our board on a regular basis. I never smoked this La Aurora and I was curious about this B.M.E. Dominicana. To be honest, as a aficionado of Nicaraguan tobacco, I was expecting more from the Nicaragua than from the Dominicana, but still, I was curious. The Dominicana series is for sale in The Netherlands, but I don’t know the price tag.
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The band is big and easy to read, but when I tried to remove it I found out that it were two bands and not one big one. The medium brown wrapper has a color that is just a tone darker than milk chocolate and the wrapper is smooth with one long thin vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a medium wood and barnyard aroma. The wrapper is quite thick. The predraw is fine and tastes like spicy tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some earthy flavors and wood, quite spicy with a peppery aftertaste. After half an inch I taste sweet cinnamon with wood. I really like this. The aftertaste is black pepper. After an inch I taste a spicy, peppery, mild sweet and herbal wood flavour. After that the cigar turns to herbs with a honey like sweetness.
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Halfway I taste herbs with a splash of spices and the aftertaste is quite peppery. The cigar gets a stronger herbal flavour while the spices disappear and the pepper grows in strength too.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and twenty minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of smoke. The burn is beautiful and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, much fuller than expected from a La Aurora with Dominican tobacco.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I was pleasantly surprised

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Guillermo Leon Grande Corona

Guillermo Leon is one of the main characters behind the success of La Aurora. Cigars were only a secondary business for the Leon family until Guillermo was appointed vice executive president of La Aurora in the early 90’s and with a dedicated team he built La Aurora to a household name for every cigar aficionado. Last year he was honored with the Guillermo Leon signature cigars. The cigars are a blend with fillers from Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic wrapped in a double binder, one from Cameroon for the sweetness, one ligero for the strength and then finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands but a Dominican friend of mine, who lives in The Netherlands and has family that is tight with the Leons managed to get a box of the 6×47 corona grande and gave me a few. The wrapper is quite dark and oily with a few big veins. The color reminds me of dark chocolate. I like the band. I smell a strong hay and straw smell. The construction feels a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste peppery tobacco.
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I taste wood and straw, the flavors are dry and full. The flavors remind me of autumn leaves too. After a quarter of an inch I taste dry toast with herbs and a bit of citrus. After an inch I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste. The chocolate disappears after a third and instead I taste herbal toast. Halfway the milky chocolate returns with herbs and a pleasant acidic flavor, I can’t specify what the acidic flavor tastes like but it isn’t citrus.
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The chocolate slowly grows stronger and the flavor is sticky. I still taste the herbs and the toast. After two thirds I taste pepper with the sticky chocolate, the toast and the herbs. The chocolate disappears and the toast gets stronger. The flavors are dry. The pepper disappears too and the final flavors are herbs and toast.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The smoke is thick and plentiful. The compact gray ash is firm and the burn is great. The draw is great too. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I hope they will be released in The Netherlands soon

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Falto legado

The Falto Legado is a corona gorda, 5½x47, that was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of La Garita Cigar Co & Falto cigars. The cigar is made from a Nicaraguan wrapper and a Dominican binder filled with tobacco from both countries. I got this cigar from Luis Falto to review on my blog.
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The wrapper has a nice chocolate color and has a few big veins. I smell straw and a barnyard, the strength of the smell is medium. The construction feels good and so is the predraw, which tastes like spicy tobacco and raisin.
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I taste coffee, it is bitter but that bitter flavor disappears almost instantly. The coffee gets accompanied by some wood and after half an inch even some vanilla. After a third I taste a soapy flavor. That may sound disgusting, but it isn’t, it’s not bad at all. The cigar also has a sweet flavor to it and the wood flavor is a combination of all kinds of wood. This is very interesting, I have never experienced this before.
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Right before halfway the cigar gets a bit sweeter and once I passed the mid point of the cigar I also taste a hint of chocolate. All I can say is that this cigar is unique. The woodflavors are getting stronger after two thirds and I also taste a very mild cinnamon flavor near the end.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. I got a nice amount of smoke, that started out thin but got more body along the way. The draw and burn are good. The ash is medium dark and reasonably firm. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a cigar with a unique flavor profile, I liked it.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Falto Perla reserva especial seleccionada petit corona

I got in touch with Luis Falto from Tabacalera Falto/La Garita Cigar co some time ago and he shipped a huge sampler my way for review purposes, so readers of my blog, you can expect a bunch of Falto reviews in the next few months. The first review is the 4×40 Falto Perla Reserva Especial seleccionada petit corona, a nice looking stick without a band made from Dominican tobacco with a Brazilian wrapper.
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The wrapper of this short stick looks smooth with a few minor veins. It is quite dark, shiny and oily. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw, that leaves a sweet raisin flavor on my palate, is great.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with wood. After half an inch the coffee disappears but instead I taste wood, chocolate and pepper. Little over an inch the pepper gains some strength on a chocolate background.
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Halfway I get surprised by a cinnamon flavor. The pepper fades to the background and changes into a herbal spice with pepper. The cinnamon is still there. This flavor palate sticks around till it’s time to put the nub to rest in the ashtray.
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This little cigar lasted me for fifty minutes. I got plenty of smoke, which was quite thin. The ash is light colored, dense and firm. The draw is great and the burn is straight like an arrow. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I could, I would. Great little smoke.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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CI Legend black by La Aurora

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin and the CI Legend red by Perdomo and now it’s time for the CI Legend black by La Aurora.
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As mentioned before, this is a 5.7 x 54 toro, wrapped in cellophane. Once unwrapped I see a chocolate brown cigar with some veins that smells like wood, hay and pepper. The cigar, made of corojo and Cubano piloto tobacco from Nicaragua has a good construction and a fine predraw that releases some raisin flavor with a lot of white pepper.
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I can taste a medium full coffee flavor that changes into an earthy flavor quickly with a very mild chocolate that disappears after two puffs. The flavor stays the same, they just grow a bit in strength but it’s just earthy flavors with a hint of chocolate every now and then.
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Right before the middle point of the cigar I can taste some wood breaking through the earthy flavors but it disappears just as quickly as it showed up. At the ⅔ mark the ash breaks and I can taste the wood again with the earthy flavors and the incidental chocolate.
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The cigar produces plenty of smoke but the burn is pretty crooked and I had to correct it a few times. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm. The draw is just fine. I would rate the cigar medium to full bodied and medium flavored and I would like to add that the cigar is quite boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar was boring.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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