Friday, December 18, 2015

LA AURORA EARNS TWO AWARDS AT THE DOMINICAN CIGAR AWARDS


 
Master blender Manuel Inoa comes away with the “Cigar Personality of the Year” award.

                                                                                                                                                                  
(Miami, Florida) December 16, 2015 – The Dominican Cigar Review, noted as the most important cigar magazine in the Dominican Republic, presented the third annual Dominican Cigar Review Award with La Aurora taking home top honors in two categories.

The Dominican Cigar Review Awards ceremony brings together journalists, celebrated industry authorities, manufacturers etc. to celebrate and award the best of the best in the tobacco industry. La Aurora proudly accepted the award for “Best Factory Tour” and La Aurora’s Master Blender, Manuel Inoa accepted the “Cigar Personality of the Year” award.

Master Blender Manuel Inoa, with La Aurora since 1996, is recognized globally as an ambassador of not only La Aurora, but of the cigar industry as a whole. Inoa’s experience in tobacco encompasses more than three decades. This isn’t the first time Inoa was recognized. The Dominican Cigar Review also noted Untamed, which was awarded Best Dominican Cigar in 2014.

The “Best Factory Tour” award is very dear to Guillermo Leon. It represents his heritage, and the legacy of his forefathers, while educating the public, about the delicate process to produce handmade premium cigars. The La Aurora Factory tour was also voted, as the number one attraction in the city of Santiago, by Trip Advisor.

La Aurora’s Director of sales and marketing, Gustavo Velayos, said, “We are thrilled as a company that La Aurora came away with two awards. This shows without a doubt, the passion and work that begins with our Master Blender Manuel Inoa, and radiates to our entire organization.”

About La Aurora

Founded in 1903 by the Leon Family, La Aurora is the original cigar factory in the Dominican Republic with a portfolio that includes its namesake brands, La Aurora and Leon Jimenes, as well as, La Aurora Preferidos, Guillermo Leon & Fernando Leon brands.

Friday, June 13, 2014


 
BMC Premium Collection "The Beest" - 5 X 54. Wrapper - Nicaraguan Habano, Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - Nicaragua (Triple Ligero). Full bodied.

Initial taste - Hot pepper & cedar.

First third - Peppery spice, cedar & Earthiness.

Second third - Pepper, a sweetness emerges, Earth and now the cedar flavor begins to fade into the background. An underlying ligero taste is also present throughout the cigar.

Last third - Pepper continues along with the sweet molasses-like flavor and rich Earthiness. Cedar flavor is now gone. Very long finish of Earth with underlying ligero.

Construction - A dark chocolate colored wrapper with moderate sized veins and a slight oil texture. A very well made pigtail cap.

Burn - Sharp burn line producing a solid salt & pepper colored ash that holds on for over an inch until tapped off.

Draw - Draw is perfect and produces a generous amount of smoke.

This is a fantastic powerhouse of a smoke with very good complexity and nice balance for such a strong smoke. Definitely a cigar that has to be smoke on a full stomach most likely later in the day/evening. MSRP is $8.00 for this vitola. When in the mood for a strong smoke, I would definitely recommend this cigar.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Berger & Argenti Fatso "Dipper" Review




Berger & Argenti Fatso "Dipper" - 4 X 62. Wrapper - Nicaraguan Madurl, Binder - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Filler - Nicaragua. Medium - full bodied.

First third - Starts off with pepper, Earth and a oak wood.

Second third - Pepper spice continues followed by a sweet Earthiness and oak wood. Nice smooth flavors.

Last third - Pepper, sweet Earthiness and oak wood. Wonderfully long finish of pepper and rich Earthiness.

Construction - A beautiful dark brown wrapper with no major veins and a nice silky sheen texture. Very nice looking and wall made cap.

Burn - Straight burn with a dark gray colored ash that is solid and holds on until tapped off.
Draw - The draw was perfect providing plenty of smoke.

A very tasty smoke with a unique and interesting shape with plenty of smooth complex flavors. I really enjoyed the pepper spiciness along offset by the sweet Earthiness. MSRP for this vitola is $5.49 per stick and $88.00 for a Spanish cedar box of 16 cigars which is a very good price point. I have to give this cigar a high recommendation.
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

La Hoja De Flores Autentico Maduro Toro Review


La Hoja De Flores Autentico Maduro Toro - 6.25 X 52. Wrapper - Dominican Republic 2006 Corojo Maduro, Binder - Dominican Republic, Filler - Dominican Republic. Full bodied.

Initial taste - Dry cedar & spice.

First third - Spice, citrus earth, wood & cedar woodiness.

Second third - Spice continues but now the citrus noted in the first third is now more of an orange peel, along with the earthiness and now a sweetness emerging.

Last third - Spice, citrus, orange peel, earthiness and caramel notes- very well balanced. Long finish of spice and earth.

Construction - Beautiful silky, oily, dark-brown colored wrapper with a smooth and flawless texture with no major veins. Perfect cap construction.

Burn - Fairly straight burn with a dark gray colored, flaky ash that holds on.

Draw - Perfect draw with plenty of smoke produced.

A superb full bodied cigar with great complexity and balance - I really enjoyed the spiciness and orange peel with the earthy flavors. Construction was very good. I would recommend smoking after a substantial meal and or later in the day. MSRP for this vitola is $12.00. A great smoking experience - very highly recommended.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Aging Room Maduro "Rondo" Robusto Review


Aging Room Maduro "Rondo" Robusto - 5 X 50. Wrapper - Nicaraguan Maduro, Binder - Dominican Havano - Nicaragua, Filler - Dominican Havano. Full bodied.

Initial taste - Peppery spice & Oak wood.

First third - Spice, citrus earthiness, wood & some sweet notes.

Second third - Spice continues along with a tangy cirrus, caramel sweetness, earth and woody notes.
Last third - Spice, citrus, caramel, earthiness and oak wood notes - very smooth.

Construction - Beautiful darkish brown colored wrapper with a smooth silky sheen texture with no major veins. Excellent cap construction.

Burn - Razor sharp burn with a black & gray colored, solid ash that holds on.

Draw - Perfect draw with plenty of smoke produced.

An excellent full bodied cigar with impressive complexity and wonderful balance - I really enjoyed the spicy citrus with the sweet caramel flavors. Construction as always with Aging Room cigars is perfect . Best enjoyed after a full meal. MSRP for this vitola is $8.68 which this cigar is more than worth. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Canimao Coloquiales Review


Canimao Coloquiales Review - 6 1/2 X 56. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Habano, Binder - Ecuadorian Habano, Filler - Nicaragua. Medium - full bodied.

Initial taste - Spice, cedar and some earthiness.

First third - Increasing spice, fruitiness, earth and cedar.

Second third - Strong spice, fruitiness, a citrus flavor emerges, earthiness and mineral notes. Cedar wood flavor fades out in this third.

Last third - Spice continues along with the fruity citrus, earthiness and mineral notes. Long finish of spice and earth.

Construction - Attractive brown wrapper with a nice oily texture and a couple of veins visible. Beautifully constructed cap.

Burn - Slightly uneven burn but a solid dark gray colored ash that holds on until tapped off.

Draw - Perfect draw with plenty of smoke produced.

An excellent cigar with wonderful complexity and superb balance - I typically do not enjoy a mineral taste but in this cigar, it actually enhances the flavor profile. Construction is very good as well as I have come to expect with Canimao cigars. MSRP is $12.00. I think I found my new favorite Canimao cigar.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Leccia Tobacco White Robusto Review



Leccia Tobacco White Robusto - 5 X 52. Wrapper - African Sun Grown, Binder - Habano Ecuador, Filler - Nicaragua Ligero, Dominican Republic, Pennsylvania. Medium - full bodied.
 
Initial taste - Toasted cedar.

First third - Cedar, some spice, coffee and mineral notes.

Second third - Coffee now takes over as the main flavor followed by spice and Earthy mineral notes.

Last third - Coffee and spice continues with the Earthy mineral notes. Long finish of coffee and spice.

Construction - This cigar had an attractive brown wrapper without any major veins and a nice silky sheen texture. Not soft spots and the cap was decent.

Burn - Sharp burn with a solid white colored ash that holds on for a while until tapped off.

Draw - The draw was on the tight side and produced little smoke.

A good cigar with nice complexity and balance. There were a couple of issues such as the draw which was tight and made me have to work at smoking it. The wrapper is fragile and began splitting about a third of the way into it. Lastly, the flavor profile while good, is not my favorite type of profile. MSRP for this size is $7.75 which I feel is a good price point for this cigar. I would recommend this cigar based on the profile.