Cigar Details: La Aurora 1903 Edition Corojo Corona
- Vitola: Corona
- Length: 5″
- Ring Gauge: 42
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Dominican Republic Cibao Valley Cameroon
- Binder: Dominican Republic Cibao Valley
- Filler: Dominican Republic Cibao Valley, Brazil and African Cameroon
- Factory: La Aurora
- Blender: Manuel Inoa
- Price: $8.39
- Release Date: July 2017
- Source: La Aurora
The wrapper is medium brown and has a few veins that are decently raised. The seams are smooth and fairly hard to detect while the head is finished off with a nice double cap. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional company band which also identifies the wrapper and the foot band is a matte gold with a strip of glossy gold bordered by red. The aroma from the wrapper is wood with a faint hay sweetness. The foot brings baking spice and some stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a nice hay sweetness along with some spice that extends to my lips.
The cigar begins with a robust profile of spicy cedar and black pepper. At a half inch in, the profile is keeping its head of steam of full flavors and has a very similar profile on the retrohale. At an inch in, a slight creaminess joins the profile and adds another dimension while the cedar and pepper continue their domination of the overall profile. As the third comes to a close, the cream has continued to increase which smoothed out the spice in the cedar and the black pepper to create a more well rounded profile. The strength in this third was knocking on the door of medium-full.
As the second third begins, the smoother profile provided by the cream now adds a bit of coffee with the slightly spicy cedar and mellow black pepper. At a half inch in, the retrohale has shifted to an oak note along with a decent black pepper zing. At an inch in, the profile is pretty well rounded with the cream, cedar and pepper at even levels and the coffee note providing some nice support. As the third comes to a close, the cream has reduced quite a bit and the coffee has left the profile. The cedar has transitioned to oak while some black pepper remains in the profile. The strength in this third dropped down to slightly above medium.
As the final third begins, the cream picks back up a bit as a slight bitterness also joins in with the oak and black pepper. At a half inch in, the cream has increased some more, but the profile has become slightly drying. The retrohale now has a bit of chalkiness to it along with the oak. At an inch in, the black pepper and bitterness drop out of the profile as it now consists of a creamy oak. This is the profile the cigar finishes with. The strength in this third dropped down to be right at medium.
The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
The cigar started with a full profile of cedar and black pepper and held that through the first two thirds along with some cream and coffee notes. The final third dropped in complexity. The strength also mellowed as the cigar went on. Construction was very good. The La Aurora 1903 Edition Corojo Corona is another nice Corojo offering from La Aurora and creates a nice one-two punch with the Time Capsule Corojo. I think the two cigars offer differing profiles at different price points and this one creates some value with what it offers as well. While it’s nothing mind blowing, it is a good cigar and one I wouldn’t mind going back to. If you enjoy Corojo, it’s well worth your time to check this one out.
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