Leon Jimenes Prestige Robusto Tubo

Leon Jimenez Prestige Robusto

Leon JimenezOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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The Leon Jimenes Prestige was released in 2011 in order to revive an old brand (Leon Jimenes) that was first introduced back in the 70's. This line of cigars is manufactured in the Dominican Republic by the La Aurora company and is distributed by Miami Cigar & Co. I picked up a couple of these in Amsterdam and thought it was a good idea to take a few tubos on vacation.

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Guillermo Leon Corona

Guillermo Leon Corona

Guillermo LeonOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Binder : Cameroon, Dominican Corojo
Filler : Peru, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Examining my humidor, I discovered this attractive cigar in a size (5.5 x 42) that I deemed suitable for the rainy winter time. This brand was launched in 2010 and is considered as a personal cigar by Guillermo Leon, the owner of the La Aurora company.

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La Aurora Sublimes

La Aurora Sublimes

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5 x 39
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each in Canada, ~$5.00 each in the USA
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La Aurora Sublimes are pleasant, mild cigars from the Dominican Republic. They have a consistent, rich flavour paired with quality construction.

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La Aurora Para Japon

La Aurora Para Japon Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic?La Aurora Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Cameroon, Brazil, Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $10/stick or $96/12 ct. box

This special cigar was created in support of the victims of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. Created in collaboration with many other cigar bigwigs and released by La Aurora, the “Para Japon” is a unique stick with proceeds being donated to causes helping those in the affected areas of Japan. I immediately thought of this project as an excellent idea for those wanting to support a great cause, but didn’t want to buy one of those stupid rubber bracelets. Instead my small donation gives me something in return (that can be smoked, yay!), other than a bad tan line on my wrist. With most of my family living in the Philippines and some in Japan, we have been hit with a double whammy of blows by nature recently. But what is most important is that many of them are okay. Unfortunately there are others that weren’t so fortunate and lost family in the disaster and I believe they would greatly appreciate everything we can do for them. So smoke up everyone!

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La Aurora 107 Robusto

La Aurora 107 Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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The Aurora 107 line was released earlier this year to commemorate the 107 years of cigar making (see release announcement). The original release included three vitolas among which today’s Robusto; since then, they have added a Lancero and a Corona at this year’s IPCPR in New Orleans.

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La Aurora 1495 Robusto

La Aurora 1495 Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Sumatra Ecuador
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Binder : Corojo
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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As the assortiment of non-Cuban cigars in my local stores is quite limited, I seize every opportunity to pick up cigars I haven't tried yet. I stumbled across this half-empty box of La Aurora 1495 Robusto back in November, purchased and buried it quite deep in my humidor. One week ago, I thought it was finally time to review this cigar, I smoked 4 cigars since then and they all had the same flavor profile and construction properties.

1495 is the first line created by La Aurora and its master blender Jose Blanco. It is named to celebrate the founding of Santiago de los Caballeros, a city in the Dominican Republic.

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La Aurora Preferidos No. 2 Maduro

La Aurora Preferidos

Origin : Dominican Republic
La Aurora CigarsFormat : Perfecto
Size : 5 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : 8 year Brazilian Matafino
Filler : Piloto Cubano (DR), Bahía and Cameroon
Binder : Piloto Cubano (DR)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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La Aurora Preferidos were first available in perfecto size and were named "1903 series" as supposedly it was in 1903 that Don Eduardo Leon Jimenez started producing this vitola. Now, there are so many editions of the Preferidos that it's very easy to get lost. According to the La Aurora website, there are now 8 editions/blends, each one available in several sizes. Some of those come in very beautiful tubos, however the one I am going to review was not tubed. I suppose (I am pretty sure rather) that it belongs to the original 1903 series. The cigar, 5 3/4 x 52, sports a Brazilian maduro wrapper with mostly Dominican tobacco.

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La Aurora 1495 Series 1994 Cameroon

La Aurora 1495 Series 1994 Cameroon

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 127 x 17 mm (5 x 44)
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Prime Cameroon (1994 Harvest)
Filler : Aged Dominican Binder
Binder : Aged Dominican Long Filler
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Founded in 1903 by Don Eduardo Leon Jimenez La Aurora is the oldest cigar manufacturer in the Dominican Republic. Their much respected production is centered in the famed Santiago de los Caballeros. This area is endowed with an ideal climate and fertile soils perfectly suited to prime tobacco production.

Currently under the direction of Jose Blanco, their more than 100 years of blending expertise continues to net the highest of accolades. Year after year they consistently produce wonderfully complex cigars of the highest quality. The Series 1994 Cameroon is no exception.

After 14 years of aging in the cedar lined vaults of La Aurora this prime Cameroon wrapper was released for production, having extremely limited production, only 18,000 cigars total, less than 2,000 boxes of 10 were produced. At the time of publication I am currently unable to find any of these available anywhere (they are available from one of our main sponsors, CigarsDirect.com - Inspector - not anymore). I was fortunate enough some time ago to acquire 1 box of 10, currently only 7 are left in my humidor.

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