La Aurora Barrel Aged
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaraguan
Size: Robusto (5 x 50)
The La Aurora Barrel Aged Robusto has a sweet smell that your nose will subtly pickup from across the humidor. Your eyes will fixate on a yellow and orange box that resembles a treasure chest. As you pry the box open you will find a loose barrel-shaped paper that indicates the batch number, inspection date, ship dates, and the signatures of the people who authorized the cigars for shipment.
On the inside of the lid you will find a story of what makes the La Aurora Barrel Aged cigars so interesting.
“All of the tobaccos, including the wrapper, will be aged in the rum barrels for one year. La Aurora has discovered that the time in the barrels is well spent, giving the tobaccos the opportunity to naturally harmonize with each other and allowing the old wood to impart its unique characteristics on the leaves. In short, the barrel aging brings the blend to the peak of flavor.”
And now it’s time to test the “4 year old Dominican Corojoa oscuro leaf” wrapper and see if the cigar is really “full flavor with a unique complexity derived from its time in the barrels.”
Construction: The Barrel Aged Robusto has a really dark wrapper that carries more bark than bite. This oily stick had some medium sized veins and carried an overall rough looking appearance. Fortunately the La Aurora is firm and packed tight with tobacco from head to toe.
Draw: This Robusto will give you the opportunity to either cut or punch the cigar, both methods will draw a good amount of smoke. I would have to classify the Aurora as a cigar with a medium type of draw.
Burn: The La Aurora will give you a jagged burn every time. I have never been required to correct the cigar but it wouldn’t hurt to keep your lighter near by.
Taste: I was really looking forward to smoking the cigar, expecting many complex flavor profiles from the two blends of tobacco and the barrel aged wrapper. This was, unfortunately, not the case.
As you smoke the first 1/3 of the cigar you will primarily get the flavors of the oak barrel process. Your flavor of the tobacco and smoke is very sweet and you get a great oak flavor. Spiciness will linger in the background but you might not detect this until later in the cigar.
The body is increasing and the cigar is still sweet and smooth. Your oak flavor still resides prominently on the pallet but the spice seems to fade a little more.
Still lacking any real complexity in the cigar – the body increases. Flavor profiles stay the same throughout the entire smoke.
Verdict Is: La Aurora Barrel Aged Robusto retails in the $7.xx range and online it can be found for about $5.xx dollars. The price point alone makes it a great stick to own. The sweet flavor profile (along wiht the price) moved me to purcahse this box because it’s very “friendly” to give out to new smokers. I love the La Aurora as a morning cigar with a nice cup of coffee and so will you.
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