Team Cigar Review: La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto

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Cigar Details: La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Aurora
  • Blender: Manuel Inoa
  • Price: $8.50
  • Release Date: October 2020
  • Source: La Aurora

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto is medium brown with a few decently raised veins present. The seams are pretty smooth and the head is finished off with a decently applied double cap. The cigar has two bands with the primary laid slightly over the secondary. The primary is the traditional 107 band while the secondary is brown and gold and designates Nicaragua. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and sweet hay while the foot brings bread, stone fruit sweetness and light baking spice. The pre-light draw brings a nice sweet cedar with mild spiciness to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Firm in hand, and finished with a lovely wrapper that has a faded Colorado coloring, the La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto is a lovely cigar. It sports medium to large veins that are present throughout, and the wrapper has a nice soft gritty texture. The foot gives off aromas of stone fruit, spices, leather and barnyard, while the wrapper has notes of herbs, barnyard and spices.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto has a UPC tear tab that leaves the UPC intact when opening the cellophane. The shape of the cigar has a slightly square press to it. Aromas of sweetness and bread were immediately apparent when pulling the cigar from the cellophane. The same was true when directly nosing the wrapper, along with some cedar undertones. Sweet plum present in the foot. I later discovered that the cigar had two bands stacked on top of each other.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto has a uniform cafe wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give the stinkiest of barnyards and cedar. Aromas from the foot give white pepper and a tinge of campfire. Cold draw reveals cedar shavings and almonds.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, mustiness and light black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper has increased to become even with the wood and mustiness and there are faint hints of candied cinnamon on the finish. The retrohale is musty wood with a decent black pepper finish. As the third comes to a close, some light, dry earth joins the profile while the candied cinnamon is no longer present. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third of the 107 Nicaragua delivers flavors of cashews, cream, coffee, earth, cedar and peppery spices. I am picking up some red pepper notes, and there is this faint salt and metallic quality present as well. It’s smoking around a medium level in terms of strength, but the body is closer to medium-full. Really lovely the start to this cigar.

First Third

My first few puffs bring bread and spices along with lingering spices on my lips for the post draw. Medium strength baking spices and a combination of pepper and cedar start to define the retrohale. Pepper is full strength almost immediately, which is dominating my palate. Creamy cedar attempts to push through the pepper as the first third is settling in. Mild cocoa and a mild sour citrus join the medley as the cigar progresses. Fifteen minutes in, pepper falls back to a more manageable medium strength, balancing with the baking spices. In the bottom half, the post draw was a musty cedar.

First Third

The first third has a subdued yet flavorful profile. There’s a mixture of vanilla cream and cinnamon that I absolutely love. It sort of reminds me of horchata. With that are notes of white pepper, cedar and mixed nuts. On the retrohale, there are big notes of cinnamon and cedar. The finish is short with mainly soft cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood, mustiness and earth are all even with the black pepper in the background but having a long finish. The retrohale now has the musty wood and black pepper even. At three quarters of an inch in, the profile has become a bit dry. At an inch and a quarter, all of the components are even. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning as a cigar. I am picking up some earth and toast notes that are accompanied by this faint metallic quality. There are some coffee grind qualities present as well, and the finish is of shaved cedar, cream, leather and nuts. Like before, medium in strength with a body level around medium-full.

Second Third

The profile here is cedar forward with a baking spice finish into the post draw. Sweet citrus quickly moves into the middle of the profile as it settles in. Approaching the middle of the second third, cocoa comes through to add complexity.

Second Third

The second third transitions into a profile that is cinnamon and cedar as compared to the first third’s vanilla cream and cinnamon. No changes to the retrohale and the same short finish as the first third. Still medium strength and body.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the pepper moves to the background while the other components are even up front. The retrohale is now musty wood with light earth and pepper. The cigar wraps up with the wood, mustiness and earth even with the back pepper very faint. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile that has shown some transitioning from the second third. I am picking up some soft earth notes that are paired with some peppery spice qualities. There are touches of cashews still and it has this hay, cedar and creamy finish. It is smoking at a medium level now, and that is for strength and body.

Final Third

A mildly toasted cedar opens the last third. Sweet citrus is again defining the middle profile along with a mild nuttiness to finish. Baking spices and citrus come through on the retrohale after the re-light.

Final Third

Nothing new to discuss for the final third. Still a profile that is spice and earth driven with cinnamon and cedar. The finish does drag out a little bit, but still a mundane cedar. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was pretty straight throughout, but the cigar did go out once in the second third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

Burn was absolutely amazing from beginning to end.

Burn

The burn was uneven to start, eventually forming a canoe that surprisingly corrected. Then, while I was puffing on it, the cigar spontaneously went out in the last third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

No issues with the burn. Cool burning cigar, solid ashes and even burn.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

It was interesting seeing La Aurora tackle a Nicaraguan puro as they are very much a Dominican forward brand. They got some of the core of what Nicaraguan tobacco offers with the fullness of the wood, earth and pepper, but that was about it. The La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto a pretty typical Nicaraguan blend, which I know appeals to many, but there wasn’t enough of a wow factor to make it stand out from the pack. The cigar maintains the brands price friendly offerings, but even with that, I’m not sure I see myself returning to this one.

Draw

Draw was perfect on this Robusto.

Overall

This was an incredible release from La Aurora. I have always been a fan of the company, but they have had some rough years in terms of releases. It has seemed like a rollercoaster for too long. In the past two years though, they seem to be releasing cigars at the level that they did in the early 2000s. The have found themselves. They have released blends that are complex, elegant and flavorful. They have shown that they are capable of blending with many different types of tobacco from any region and country. The La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto is a perfectly constructed cigar that is balanced in terms of strength and body while delivering complex flavors throughout. It is a great Nicaraguan puro for the company and one of the better Nicaraguan puros this year. It’s been seven years since Davidoff Nicaragua, but I am loving these Nicaraguan puros coming out of the Dominican Republic. In some ways, more than the ones being made in Nicaragua.

Draw

The draw was at most 1/2 to 1 notch towards the open spectrum, putting it well in the range of an ideal draw.

Overall

The La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto had some shining moments in the middle third when the flavor profile was more balanced, but overall I was left with a fairly average experience. The first third struck me as if someone was trying to blend a Nicaraguan cigar based solely on stereotypes of what Nicaraguan tobacco should be like. It was predominantly pepper forward, without the other flavors providing balance or complexity. I’m a big fan of La Aurora cigars when they focus on what they do well, which is blending complex and nuanced cigars that are primarily Dominican tobacco. The draw was amazing, and the burn had one issue requiring a re-light. I might smoke this again, but I would be looking to try it in a different vitola to see how the blend compared. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Draw

The draw was a little tight, but in the long scheme of things, I’m just being nit-picky.

Overall

Can La Aurora blend Nicaraguan puros? For the first third of the cigar they can. The vanilla cream and cinnamon mixture was great in the first third. It was a dessert drink mixed with spice and earth. Unfortunately, past that point, the La Aurora 107 Nicaragua Robusto was an average cinnamon and cedar experience. If I can reproduce the first third in more samples, no doubt I will smoke more of these. But as a whole, accounting for the entire cigar, it was an average experience.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.55

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.52

Cost/Point

$1.13

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$1.44

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.43

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