Team Cigar Review: La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto

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Cigar Details: La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Brazil
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Brazil
  • Factory: La Aurora
  • Blender: Manuel Inoa
  • Price: $9.50
  • Release Date: June 2019
  • 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 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto is medium brown and has a few veins that are prominently raised. The seams are very easily visible as they are raised and also accented by the veins. The head appears to have a double cap and the top cap is lifting in some areas. The texture of the cigar is as smooth as a Michigan highway. The band is black, gold, red and white and designates the company and line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of damp wood and earth while the foot brings more damp wood along with some tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a moderately spicy cedar with the spice lingering on my lips for quite some time.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto has a nice light marbled wrapper with some major veins present throughout. The change in color on the wrapper that revolves around the veins of the cigars is cool and quite impressive. It is firm in texture and well rolled. There are aromas of sweet spices, earth and cocoa to the cigar, and I am picking up some faint cedar notes as well.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto has a UPC on the cellophane that is designed not to tear. That’s always a nice feature for retailers. The cigar itself has a dark, mottled wrapper, with a large cigar band sitting almost in the middle of the cigar. The band has gold lettering, gold and red accents, on a black background. Nosing the wrapper, I’m able to pick up baking spices, aged cedar and graham cracker, with stewed plum from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto has a near Colorado Red wrapper shade given the slight red hue. Seams are visible but overall tight, veins well pressed, bunch and roll firm and even and head well wrapped. Nosing the wrapper doesn’t give much as it’s mainly faint hay. Aromas from the foot give some nice black/white pepper spice and cedar. Cold draw gives faint cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with some younger, slightly spicy cedar and a light mustiness. At a half inch in, a bit of a vegetal note joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the cedar becomes more mature as some creamy coffee joins the profile along with the remaining light vegetal note. The retrohale carries a general musty woodiness along with an interesting smoked turkey note. At an inch in, the profile has lost the creamy coffee, but all of the other notes remain. As the third comes to a close, the cedar gains a very faint char as the mustiness is right behind. The spice and vegetal notes have left. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some lovely pepper spice notes and with that is some leather, wood and cinnamon. There is a finish of lemon zest to the cigar, and it is quite enjoyable. The flavor profile touches on a lot of areas, and I am digging the balance with the cigar. I would classify strength and body as medium-full, and the flavors are there as well.

First Third

My first impressions are sweet cedar, with lingering cedar and light leather on the post draw. Baking spices fill the middle of the profile at light plus, lingering on my lips. Chocolate and citrus joins the middle of the profile as the cigar progresses. 20 minutes in, some toasted earth at the middle and end of profile. Light graham cracker joins in minutes later.

First Third

The first third has a medium body and strength profile of dominant natural sweetness in bread/yeast and nuts. The profile is also very earth forward as there is a dry soil in all facets. Retrohaling has a light black pepper spice and cedar. The finish is a mix of light cedar, dry dirt and soft lingering black pepper.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cedar takes on more of an aged characteristic. At a half inch in, the profile is musty aged cedar with a mild spice. At three quarters of an inch in, the mustiness has ramped up to have quite a lead of the cedar. The retrohale also has the mustiness up front, but the cedar is much closer to it. At an inch and a quarter, a light, dry earthiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness is now just ahead of the cedar while a slight char has returned to the profile. The strength in this third has bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding that finish of lemon zest is leading the way now. I am picking up cinnamon notes with that, and there is some leather and wood on top of that. The second third is fairly similar to that of the first third, but it’s balanced with a nice complexity level so it really takes the cigar to a higher level. Like before, the cigar is medium-full in strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

Loamy earth and acrid components going into the second third. Some mid palate creaminess comes through as it settles in. Toasted earth takes over from the loam with some bitterness on the edges. The earth and acrid components ramp up in intensity in the bottom half of the second third.

Second Third

The second third has the flavors thinning out. The sweetness in bread/yeast and nuts especially deteriorates, leaving the profile very earth centric with cedar and dry soil. Towards the latter part of the second half, a sharp harshness comes through. Strength and body is still medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the slightly charred cedar and mustiness are at equal levels. At a half inch in, the char has increased a bit. The retrohale is now a general musty wood note with the mustiness up front. At an inch in, a slight vegetal note rejoins the profile. The cigar wraps up with the musty and charred cedar along with a light vegetal note. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third of the cigar now and finding the smoking experience to be nearly identical to that of the second third. I am getting strong lemon citrus flavors and with that are those cinnamon, leather and wood notes. I get touches of hazelnut on the finish, and it pairs well with the cinnamon and leather qualities. The body and strength have come down in this third, and I would classify the cigar as being medium with the flavors right there as well.

Final Third

Cedar and bitter earth defined the profile moving into the last third. Loamy earth takes over the post draw and lingers prominently between draws. Creaminess pushes back against the earth, but the earth still lingers on the front of my tongue.

Final Third

The harshness tasted in the latter part of the second third carries to the last third. This creates a profile that is more one dimensional, losing out on the sweetness and further accentuating the dry dirt and cedar combination. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy to start but then straightened out. In the second third, the burn got pretty far off and required a touch-up. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn is fairly decent throughout the cigar. The cigar has a thick burn line and while it is not overly wavy, there are times when it is a little off and needs to be touched up.

Burn

Slightly uneven burn through the first third which self corrects. Uneven burn through the second third. The cigar goes out in the last third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

The only negative was an uneven and cherry burn. This led to a couple touch-ups. Other than that, the burn temperature was cool, tight ashes and good smoke production.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with slightly young and spicy cedar along with some mustiness. As it progressed, the cedar took on an aged character and a vegetal note joined in. As the cigar continued, some vegetal notes were present at times and the profile alternated the mustiness and cedar up front as some char was later present. The La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto was fairly average for me, and not quite what I was expecting from an anniversary offering. While the price is fairly standard, it still wasn’t great for the experience I had. I’d be interested in revisiting this to see what kind of experience I have with another one. I’d also be interested in trying the limited edition version. As it sits now, other than curiosity, it’s not something I’d return to in the near future.

Draw

The draw on the cigar was fantastic from start to finish and it produced just the right amount of resistance. Well constructed cigar.

Overall

I was very pleased with the La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto. It may not show a lot of transitioning between each third, but the flavor profile delivered and balance was very enjoyable. There is some depth and complexity to the cigar and the combination of cinnamon and lemon was fantastic. I thought the body and strength went perfectly with the flavors and this really delivered that awesome La Aurora experience. The use of tobacco from multiple countries was great and I find that when they are working with a plethora of tobacco from multiple countries, they produce their best blends. They are typically balanced, not over the top in terms of strength and body, and flavor focused. They are also friendly to a variety of smokers. A solid cigar that I will enjoy in the future.

Draw

The draw is perfect, right in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

I don’t know what the blend intention was with the La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto, but I found the profile to be unbalanced, eventually becoming harsh and off putting in the bottom half of the second third, and through the last third. The first third seemed promising, and I was hoping that flavor profile would carry through for the rest of the experience. As always with La Aurora cigars the construction and draw were great. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect with the ideal air flow.

Overall

The La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto was an average smoking experience. The profile was overall too earthy with cedar and dry dirt, and not a consistent backing of other flavors to break up the earthiness. The La Aurora I know well isn’t represented in this package, which is, a humble look (cigar band) and incredibly attractive price point. This cigar certainly looks the part, but falls short on the smoking experience.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.05

Cost/Point

$1.88

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$1.41

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.68

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$1.61

Scoring System

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