Cigar Reviews

La Aurora Corojo

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It’s been awhile since we had a review up from the good people at La Aurora. They had a stellar year in 2010 with a bunch of good releases that were accepted to much fanfare. This is blend came out closer to the end of the year and seems to have garnered a lot less press than the other blends did during that year. The blend I’m talking about is the La Aurora Corojo.

As you might be able to guess from the name of the cigar, this blend comes with a Corojo wrapper. The leaf is grown in Ecuador, and so is the binder. Now the interesting part of this blend is that the binder is a Sumatra leaf. Typically in the cigar world I see a lot of Corojo cigars packed with Ligero or Habano leaf which typically gives them a spicier appeal. The fact that a Sumatra leaf is used as the binder offers an interesting change of pace since these leaves tend to have sweet or creamy notes. We’ll have to see how that plays out.

The band on the La Aurora Corojo has the classic “La Aurora” Lion logo and text with second band that has “Corojo” text written near the bottom of the band. The second band mimics the exact same ones you can find on the La Aurora 1495 line (See my review of the La Aurora 1495 Connecticut). They seem to have a knack for creating nice clean bands, I seem to like them all.

It seems that there isn’t much history or interesting back stories to tell when it comes to this cigar. It was released during a busy year from La Aurora and around the same time that the Guillermo Leon Signature (Reviewed here) and Miami Cigars Nestor Miranda Art Deco (Reviewed here). That same year also saw the release of the La Aurora 107 which was a huge hit and fan favorite (We have a review of the 107 in Corona and Robusto available). So you can see how this cigar may have gotten missed on a lot of people’s radars. So did it stand up as another good release in the La Aurora line up? I guess you’ll have to read on to find out!

Cigar: La Aurora Corojo
Drink: Unibroue La Fin du Monde
Vitola: Robusto (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Price: About $6.00
Burn Time: Just over 1 hour

Construction:
• Now this is a fairly rugged looking cigar, the first thing I noticed was all the bumps it had along with a few medium sized veins
• Despite some roughness, there is a nice oily shine coming off the warm golden brown wrapper on the La Aurora Corojo
• The top of the cigar is finished with a neatly applied single cap
• The foot of the cigar is moderately packed with 2 small gaps in the filler
• There is plenty of spring to this cigar wen squeezed, especially near the cap
• My double bladed guillotine cutter made easy work of the cap with a smooth and even cut
• The draw is disappointingly open right now, very hard to get a good mouthful of smoke
• Within the first inch, the draw seemed to tighten up a bit to a comfortable point

Burn:
• Toasting of the foot took a little longer than expected, it just didn’t seem to want to catch
• Took a few more touch-ups near the beginning to get off and running evenly
• Had a wonky burn start after the first ash that required me to touch it up again, was burning only on half the cigar
• It seemed that I needed to re-light or touch up every time after I ashed, luckily it didn’t affect the flavors much

Smoke & Ash:
• The very open draw is making it hard to judge the smoke output here but after taking a few draws it seems to produce a nice thick smoke
• The initial ash is not exactly pretty since I had a few touch-ups here, it’s very dark grey/black and also quite uneven and flaking
• After the draw tightened up I was getting very nice thick mouthfuls of smoke with easy draws
• Since the initial ash was a little messy I decided to tap it off after about 1 inch to avoid it landing in my lap or on the floor
• The smoke seemed to get even thicker in the last half of the cigar, really coating your palate with all the interesting flavors

Tasting Notes:
• The wrapper on the La Aurora Corojo is fairly plain with just a minor cedar aroma and the slightest hint of spice
• The foot tells a much different story bring plenty of cedar and a sweet floral bouquet, very unique for a Corojo cigar
• The pre-light draws brings more cedar flavors along with more of the peppery spices,the sweet floral seems missing here now
• The first few draws seem to be a mostly creamy woodsiness, I’m not picking up any of the floral or spice so far
• The body is right in the low end of medium and the retrohale has a small bite with a smooth cedar finish
• After about an inch, some mild peppery spices started to creep in but they are balancing well and not overpowering anything
• As the La Aurora Corojo progresses, the spices are slowly gaining some prominence but are still balancing well with the smooth creamy woodsiness
• I’m picking up a sort of buttery flavor in there which is really tying everything together nicely
• The tasty mix of buttery, creamy, woodsy and spicy flavors continued right through in the last third
• The interesting mix of flavors and that awesome buttery finish continued into the nub and up until my fingers were burning
• There was very little harshness or bitterness to the nub, a great finish to a tasty cigar

Final Thoughts:
Even with some funky burn issues I found the La Aurora Corojo to be a tasty cigar and an enjoyable experience. The mix of flavors isn’t overly complex but they are balanced, enjoyable and flavorful. The burn issues definitely knocked it down a few points but they didn’t affect the flavor much so I still got to enjoy the cigar. The price on these is fair for the cigar that I got so I will likely be picking these up again in the near future. Perhaps the few I had were a bad batch in the burn department, could have also been the colder weather? The unique flavors on this one is what will bring me back for more!

Pairings:
Yes it’s another Unibroue beer. Why? Because everything they make is super awesome! The brew I picked out today is La Fin du Monde which seems to be their most popular and most widely available. I also paired this with the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story not too long ago. As expected, this triple-fermented ale on lees delivers a TON of flavor. There is some fruitiness, malt, a bit ofa creamy undertone and it’s super smooth. Even at 9%alc./vol. this ale goes down with a perfect balance of flavors. I was a little concerned the Corojo was gonna be a bit spicy for this beer but it actually worked out wonderfully. The La Aurora Corojo blend was equally smooth and flavorful and balanced extremely well with this brew. I think a nice amber or blonde beer pair perfectly here, maybe even a cup of tea. There are a lot of good flavors in the cigar so I wouldn’t pick out anything too strong as a pairing.

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he’s not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/Dalamscius

10 Comments

  1. TADD

    February 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

    La Aurora is always one of those cigars that I am glad I smoked, but never really seek them out. Again not sure as to why. I usually enjoy them all. Like the GL’s, the 100 Anos…. etc….

    • Dalamscius

      February 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      There’s always a cigar from La Aurora somewhere in my humi, they have a great lineup. Some more GL’s are on their way to me as we speak! lol

  2. jjo

    February 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Sounds like another one I’ll have to track down sometime. And yes, great beer.

  3. czerbe

    February 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Great write up Dan, I have only had one 107 in my day and nothing else in their lines so I will have to track some of these down soon, they always sound tasty

    • Dalamscius

      February 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Czerbe! And like I said to Tadd, La Aurora has a pretty solid lineup. Give some more of their blends a try if you stumble across some!

  4. Lou Bozzelli

    February 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Like many of you, I as well have not tried La Aurora before, other than some unbanded seconds that I used to order from my tobacconist…….and they were great!!

    Daniel and I are both going to an afternoon herf tomorrow and I’m thinking of bringing my L A 107 given to me by one Daniel T. I hope Daniel can make it.

    You hear great things about La Aurora and it’s nice when all the hype is lived up to, eh?

    Great write-up Daniel.

    • Dalamscius

      February 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Sorry I didn’t make it out there on Sunday Lou. Ended up being a busy work weekend 🙁

      Did you try that La Aurora 107? I’d love to hear your thoughts??

      • Lou Bozzelli

        February 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        Hey Daniel, that was my hope. I really wanted to smoke the 107 but I couldn’t find it quickly in my humidor. I know it’s in there!! I’m going to try again on Thursday evening. It’ll be a great ending to the day, I’m sure.

  5. MCC Barry

    February 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the review…. From a personal stand point, I notice these cigars take some effort to light them if they were kept in an overly humid location. My personal experience says they hold on to moisture a little to well 🙂

    • Dalamscius

      February 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Interesting that you say that Barry. This one was in my humidor for a few weeks and it’s pretty consistent at about 65% +/- 2% (Beads do an awesome job!)
      I think I’ll still pick up a few more since I enjoyed the flavors, hopefully the ones I pick up won’t suffer from too many burn issues.

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