La Aurora Corojo Belicoso (Quick Smoke Series)

La Aurora Corojo Belicoso

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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The La Aurora Corojo has a light brown colored wrapper with a reddish tint to it. The cigar is a tad lumpy feeling but the overall construction seems good with its even seam lines and a neat torpedo head.

The La Aurora Corojo Belicoso draws like a dream proving tons of thick smoke. The burn is pretty even for the most part and the ash is fairly solid and compact.

The La Aurora Corojo starts with some spice upfront that quickly mellows down to show notes of light wood, creamy vanilla, and a raisin-like sweetness. As the second third approaches some cinnamon comes into play and I can’t help thinking of Sara Lee Raisin Cinnamon bread. As the second third fades into the final third, the spice picks back up but remains balanced with the rest of the cigar. The body of the La Aurora Corojo is mild to medium. Strength is average.

The La Aurora Corojo is a damn good cigar and in my mind and could be compared to a Cuban cigar. The cigar is very clean and crisp on the palate like a good Cuban and has the flavor profile of a Cuban cigar I have smoked, but I can’t put my finger on the name of it. The La Aurora Corojo is balanced perfectly and has a good amount of complexity for the money. If you enjoy a cigar in the medium category, go getcha some!

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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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