Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Binder : Cameroon, Dominican Corojo
Filler : Peru, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua
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.
The Guillermo Leon Corona is like a tour of tobacco producing countries in the America, with contributions from the Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Ecuador. It includes a unique double binder which contains a combination of Cameroon and Dominican Corojo tobacco. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf is a rich, dark brown with a few visible veins but a very smooth, consistent look.
The draw is great right from the beginning and quite easy throughout, though at times the cigar had difficulty staying lit. These problems kicked in around halfway, and may be tied to the ease of the draw. The burn is even and straight through the whole experience.
The complexity in the flavor profile reflects the complex makeup of the cigar with so many types of tobacco included. The initial flavors are mostly leather, citrus and cedar, with a little pepper to spice things up. About halfway through the cigar, the flavors transform, and you get a bit of port. The finish is mostly citrus and pepper again. The leather takes a backseat after the start, and in the final third you get some creaminess which goes into the finish. Even with all this complexity, the changes are still very subtle and the experience flows seamlessly.
At around $8 a stick, these are neither terribly expensive nor particularly cheap. My only complaint is that at that price, I would expect not to have to deal with those burn issues where the cigar wants to go out around halfway. Aside from this construction problem, they are quite good.
Overall Rating : (3.75)
Aside from the construction issue discussed above, which impacts my perception of the value, I’d highly recommend these cigars to anyone who enjoys complexity, but also likes their cigars to have subtlety and a sense of continuity. It’s quite a unique cigar given its unusual construction with the dual binder and the tobacco from so many countries. If you purchase a box of 20, the price per cigar is more reasonable, between $6-7 a stick.