August 24, 2009
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : 8 year Brazilian Matafino
Filler : Piloto Cubano (DR), Bahía and Cameroon
Binder : Piloto Cubano (DR)
Price : ~$10 each
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.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
Even the untubed version earns the highest beauty rating. Perfecto being the most difficult format to roll, one can only admire the work of torcedores from the Centro Leon. The wrapper is almost veinless and pleasant to the touch. It has a faint maduro sugary smell.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
Overall, the construction was fine – the only complaint that I could voice is that sometimes it takes some time to open up; the draw being quite tight in the first third. Otherwise, the three sticks I had burned pretty well and produced as much smoke as I’d like them to.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
If you’re a fan of mild to medium maduro cigars, you definitely won’t be disappointed. It starts out with sweet latte; hints of cinnamon are perceptible. The main flavor that I deciphered is coffee, it changes from sweet coffee with milk to dark roasted coffee throughout the smoke. The maduro earthiness is in the background. The flavor may seem simple from the above description, but there are plenty of notes that I wasn’t able to make out.
Value : [rating:4/5]
Well, the price seems rather OK for a perfecto, that takes a lot more time (and skill) to roll, or so I heard. At $10 a pop, they are just right.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
I like La Aurora cigars and this is no exception. Just make sure that the flavor profile I described (mild to medium, typical maduro) is what you usually enjoy in a cigar and you’re in for a pleasant 1h20 experience.
September 1, 2013
$10 a stick?? These are probably my favourite non-Cuban but come in at around $25 each here!
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August 24, 2009
What a great looking cigar! As you say, perfectos are generally a little more expensive, so I don’t smoke them too often. I thoroughly enjoy every chance I get to though.
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