Cigar Reviews

La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 Robusto

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For those few of you who didn’t know, I have been really sick the last couple of weeks. Well, I am finally out of hiatus. All it took was the chance to do this review to make me feel a hundred times better.

I recently got a nice little package from our good friends over at www.toastedfoot.com. If you are unfamiliar with these boys I would strongly urge you to pay them a visit. Great people, with amazing reviews. I actually had the pleasure of doing a review swap with them a few weeks ago. In case you missed it you can find Toasted Foots guest review on Casas Fumando of Ashton’s San Cristobal here, and our reivew on Toasted foot of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Flying Pig here. Anywho, in that package, amongst tons of other goodies I found a La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107. I have been dying to get my hands on this cigar. Needless to say, I wasted no time firing this one up. Keep in mind I only had one of these sticks and this review will be based solely on this one cigar.

I started to look for some information on this stick and quickly found multiple postings of this press release. I really don’t think I could go more into detail, so I am just going to stick the release in here and get on with it!

La Aurora 107

The Good Stuff:

MIAMI FL — Miami Cigar & Company, the exclusive distributor for La Aurora brands in the United States, announces the release of the La Aurora Serie 107 Anniversario to mark the company’s 107th year of operation in the Dominican Republic. As part of a year-long campaign to Rediscover La Aurora, 107 retailers across the U-S will be giving away 107 robustos on April 30th. The list of participating retailers can be found at http://rediscoverlaaurora.com.

Miami Cigar president Nestor Miranda says, “We have represented La Aurora for over 20 years and feel this is one of the best cigars they have made so far. We believe so much in the 107 that we are giving cigar smokers the chance to try it for free. All anyone has to do is buy a cigar, any cigar, at one of the participating retailers on April 30 and we’ll give you a free 107.” La Aurora vice president Guillermo Léon adds, “We realize that while our family has been making fine handcrafted cigars for more than a century, some cigar smokers still have not tried our products and others remember when we only made cigars in the mild range. La Aurora has been developing medium to full bodied cigars with full flavor and we want to let people know how we have changed. The Rediscover La Aurora is part of our outreach to those smokers.”

The 107, which uses a Sun Grown Ecuador wrapper over 6 year old fillers and binder from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, will come in boxes of 21 with a suggested retail price between $6 to $8, plus any local taxes. There will be 3 sizes: Robusto (4.5×50); Toro (5.5×54); and a Belicoso (6.25 x 52). The 107 will only be available at brick and mortar tobacconists.

La Aurora 107

Prelight: The La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 is a short, nubby little stick, topped off with a rounded little cap. The wrapper is medium to light brown with little spots and speckles of a darker brown leading up to a darker shade towards the head of the cigar. There are quite a few larger veins running through this 107 that I hope don’t interfere with my burn. As I said, I only have one stick so there won’t be any benefit of a doubt points handed out on this one. The cigar itself is really firm and the wrapper feels very fragile as most Ecuadorian wrappers in my experiences do. The construction is near perfect minus the fact that the cap could have used a bit more attention. It seems as though it was carelessly placed on the head of the cigar and not really nurtured the way it should have been. There are quite a few uneven points, and bumps pushing through the head. The band resembles a similar color palette and design from other La Aurora cigars. It’s even sporting the lions head we have seen pop-up as of late, and a gold ring running the length of the band that carries the words “Serie 107 Aniversario”.  The wrapper smells very sweet with hints of honey, graham cracker, and tobacco while the foot of the cigar gives off more of a oat type smell with a dash of spice. The cap cut off very clean and easily with my Palio double bladed cutter. The cold draw flavors produced from the La Aurora 107 carry more of an oat and grain character with again, just a hint of spice thrown in the mix.

La Aurora 107

First Smoke: The La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 lit up with extreme ease under my triple flame butane torch. The first flavors I was able to pick up was just a little bit of up from pepper followed by grain, tobacco, nutmeg, pine, and hay. There was also this awkward bitter taste that only lasted through the first few draws and then diminished. The draw produced by the La Aurora 107 was spot on. The draw was very large, effortless, and produced a mass amount of really thick grey smoke. There isn’t a whole lot of stationary smoke coming off this cigar, but what is produced smells of wood, and straight tobacco. Probably not the most public-friendly smelling cigar. The retro hale is very smooth, and helped me pick up a bit more of the pine and woodsy notes. The burn line is a lot thicker than I expected, but it is burning relatively even leaving behind a dark grey, semi flaky ash. The ash was a bit loose and surprisingly only held on for just short of an inch before giving way.

La Aurora 107

Halfway There: Now the La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 is really starting to shine. I was fearful that the oat and grain would be the bland, prominent flavors produced by this stick. Instead, into the second third the woodsy, cedar, honey, sweet tobacco flavors just take off. I’m not sure if it was the apricot infused India Pale Ale beer I paired this cigar with or not, but I am getting a slight hint of lime off the aftertaste. The retro hale is extremely enjoyable at this point. Outside of the great flavor profile, the 107 did however start to see some burn issues. One portion of the cigar, about 1/3 of the ring was left trailing way behind the rest of the burn line. I touched it up shortly after the first ash fell and it has been rocking solid ever since. The burnline is still pretty wide, and I don’t expect that to really thin out much through the rest of the experience. At this time I feel absolutely no nicotine from this cigar.

La Aurora 107

Finish: I was scared that I was smoking this cigar too fast and that I would build up quite a harsh end to such a smooth cigar, however that was not the case at all. The final third of the La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 finished incredibly smooth, and flavorful. This cigar did smoke pretty fast, about an hour total even after I slowed down halfway through. The cedar/woodsy flavor was still in the driver seat, backed by the sweet tobacco and honey notes I grew to love. The burnline was still pretty wide with the occasional wave, but it didn’t require any further touch ups what so ever. There were no signs at all of nicotine from this stick. Very mild, very smooth, and very enjoyable.

La Aurora 107

Overview:  The La Aurora 107 is a cigar best taken slow. Kick back, take your time, and enjoy this stick. If you speed through it with excitement you are bound to miss out on a great, complex flavor mash-up. The 107 for me, was mild/medium from start to finish. Although the very last of the final third ramped up slightly, I don’t think the body of this cigar ever went above medium. For the relatively low price of this stick I would honestly recommend anyone who catches them in store to pick a few up, heck even a box will do. The all around smoothness of this cigar is great for a breakfast or lunch break, and appeals to not only the novice cigar smoker, but complex flavors will keep even the greatest aficionado entertained.

La Aurora 107

Pairing: I decided to pair my La Aurora 107 with some of Dogfish Head’s Aprihop Apricot infused India Pale Ale. It was surprisingly a great pairing as the sweet fruit, and bitter, hoppy beer helped me pick up even some of the deepest flavor notes within the cigar. I would recommend pairing this cigar with a light ale, an IPA, a red ale, water, or tea. Anything too dark may actually overpower the smoothness of the 107.

La Aurora 107

On a side note: If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to check out the contest Casas Fumando’s Daniel is putting on. He has some GREAT smokes up for grabs. Trust me, you won’t be dissapointed.

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn’t loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

30 Comments

  1. dj

    April 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Hooray! This makes me look forward to April 30 (La Aurora day) even more!

  2. Matthew

    April 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Great job Tony and excellent notes on the 107! Glad you enjoyed it…

  3. Tony Casas

    April 27, 2010 at 8:33 am

    DJ, Thanks man! I honestly wanted this cigar to be good, but went in with low expectations. I was VERY pleased with it.

    Matthew, Thanks man! for the comment, and the cigar!

  4. TADD

    April 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

    That’s a nice looking stick. Great photos. Will have to visit the La Aurora sticks…. Blasphemous to put such a nice beer into that glass…..

  5. Tony Casas

    April 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Tadd, I am actually a HUGE beer glass collector, and I too am not very fond of Stella, AT ALL. So we share common interests 🙂

    The only reasons I dumped it in this glass was i love the shape, and i REALLY didn’t feel like grabbing one from the top of my cabinets (where I hold my collection) and washing it. haha, its funny that someone caught that and I won’t let it happen again 🙂

  6. Andy K.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Sadly, I don’t have La Aurora Dealer where I live so I will not be able take advantage of their deal. I hope to try it some time the future.

  7. Dalamscius

    April 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Nicely done Tony, I really like the band on this cigar for some reason. Seems to be getting good praise. Can’t wait to try one out.

  8. Jordan (Cavsfan8)

    April 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Great review and great pics! I keep hearing awesome things about this stick, and this review only confirms what I’ve heard so far. Looking forward to trying it sometime

  9. JayL

    April 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I have been storing one in my humidor for about ~2 weeks. WIll light it up this weekend. Great review ! Makes me want to smoke this even sooner 🙂

  10. Chris McCann

    April 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the review. Like everybody else, I’m looking forward to trying these. Sounds like it will be worth the wait!

  11. TADD

    April 28, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Just giving you a hard time. I actually have a few stella glasses, I like the shape also.

  12. Tony Casas

    April 28, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Tadd, I love the people who give us a hard time. Keep it up! Cheers!

  13. Jared

    April 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Stogie sounds worth a try for my tastes. Havent had the Dogfish HEad Aprihop, but have had several others, the Palo Santo kicks mucho ass.

  14. Danny Principe

    April 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Great review buddy. Cant wait to try this one. .

  15. Tony

    April 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Excellent review, as always!

    I will be sure to pick one up tomorrow.

  16. Victor

    April 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Tony, thanks for the gift you sent last time with Nick. I hope we’ll have a chance to meet on of these days.

  17. Mark

    April 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Can’t wait to try one myself. BTW nice photographs.

  18. dj

    April 30, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Today’s the day!

  19. Tony Casas

    April 30, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Jared, i find that you can’t go wrong with almost ANY DFH beer! cheers!

    Tony, thanks bro! hopefully you share a similar experience.

    Victor, you got it man. I wasn’t sure exactly what you liked so I threw in a mixed selection. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Mark: thanksya!

    Dj, DO IT! Enjoy!

  20. Paul Shing

    April 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Great Review Tony. I am looking forward to giving these a run. Thanks

  21. Tom Ufer

    May 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

    This is a great cigar and I’ve enjoyed every single one I have smoked. They do seem to smoke a little fast but, maybe it’s just such a great cigar the time seems to fly by.

  22. Tony Casas

    May 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Paul Shingy, Thanks man, I think you’d like them! Not very strong, but great flavors and smoothness.

    Tom, Thanks for the read! I agree, I could tear through these stick. I was pleasantly surprised.

  23. Joey V

    May 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Ive been underwhelmed by La Aurora in the past. Glad to hear this one may be a winner. As always great review Tony. BTW loved the McNugget off the dogs head comment on twitter…. lol. He SHOULD be more vigilent.

  24. Tony Casas

    May 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

    HAHA! I’m glad you caught that 🙂

    I have felt the exact same way, which why this cigar caught me off guard. It’s really a great stick, and I strongly recommend picking a few up.

  25. Komodota

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Tried the 107 Belicoso Saturday at the grand opening of the soon to be world famous Casa de Montecristo in Countryside, IL. For anyone who lives in IL that hasn’t been there or for anyone visiting the Chicagoland area that has time, its must go to destination.

    Initially, my experience with the 107 was blah. A little pasty and dry with no real flavors except for wood. However, about 15 minutes later, it really started to show its potential. Although the draw was somewhat tight, many of the same flavor profiles Tony experienced were coming through. I remember mentioning to one of the Casa staffers that this cigar needs some aging and I imagine with some lay down time, its going to be a terrific smoke.

    Important note. Tony is dead spot on about smoking this cigar in a slow and non-distracted environment. This cigar should be enjoyed when you have the time, not when you just want to smoke it. Its tasty, but without the focus on its qualities, you will miss some of its subtleties.

    Casa was very busy, and they also had PMOY 2003 Christina Santiago there so you can imagine not paying attention to the cigar. At this price point, I bought a box to store for the next 6 months+ and will enjoy the free robustos, one week at a time for the next three weeks.

  26. Adam

    May 3, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Nice Review Tony! I can’t wait to try this cigar after reading your review. Nice Job!

  27. JoshK

    May 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Now I’m really sorry I missed the give away event. Stupid work.

    I’ve been wanting to try this to see if it’s a cheaper alternative to the Cein Anos (which is a little too expensive and getting harder to find).

  28. dj

    May 5, 2010 at 5:34 am

    humi-ing away! We’ll see…

  29. Jesse Kats

    October 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I tried the 107 robusto and was really disappointed with the taste and burn. I was really looking forward to this since the 1495 is one of my top 5 NC cigars. I bought 5 of these so im hoping they get better with age. Honestly i really didnt see any good qualitys in this cigar at all but hopefully im wrong. The 1495 is the only La Aurora that i think is worth the money.

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