Tabacalera La Aurora

La Aurora Cigars, Tamboril, Dominican Republic

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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La Aurora preferidos 1903 ruby

This perfecto has a dark, rough Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with some veins, a Dominican binder and filler from Brazil, Dominican Republic and Cameroon. The 5 x 54 cigar feels hard but the predraw is fine and gives me a dry but peppery feeling in my mouth. The aroma is a mild hay and barnyard smell.
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I can taste coffee and some leather, both very bitter and not really pleasant. After an inch the flavor changed to a creamy chocolate with pepper as supporting flavor. Soon the leather returns and the creamy chocolate becomes the aftertaste. Unfortunately the cigar also has a moldy flavor for a while. The finale is mild chocolate and pepper again.
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The amount of smoke is quite low, and it is thin. The ash however is firm and pretty. This is a medium bodied, mild to medium flavored cigar
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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La Aurora preferidos 1903 emerald

This nice 5 inch 54 ring perfecto with its oily wrapper with stains and spots comes with in a very nice cone shaped tube and has a nice band with a lion on it, which I like as I am a leo. The cigar has a deep dark aroma of dried grass and hay and the predraw is good.

A sweet tobacco comes to mind when I light the cigar, and soon a flavor which I cannot describe as I don’t recognize it. This cigar is pretty mild but yet full flavored. After a while I could taste some mild leather. The draw is very good and the cigar produces lots of smoke.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, not a full box, but it’s a nice ‘once in a while’ smoke

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 70
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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