Team Cigar Review: La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto

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Cigar Details: La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Brazil
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Aurora
  • Blender: Manuel Inoa
  • Price: $5.75
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source: La Aurora

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper of the La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto is dark brown with a fine grit sandpaper feel. There are a couple of slightly raised veins while the seams are easily visible as they are slightly lifting. The head appears be finished off with a well applied double cap. There are two bands with the first being the traditional brand design. The secondary strip band carries the same color combination and denotes Maduro. The aroma from the wrapper is a deep and sweet prune note while the foot brings wood, a general stone fruit sweetness and light white pepper. The pre-light draw brings more prune sweetness, some breadiness and a decent amount of spice to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto has a lovely maduro wrapper that is consistent in coloring and has a nice gritty texture with noticeable tooth. The cigar is firm throughout and has a lovely cold draw. There is an aroma of strong sweet spices, rich earth, manure, raisins, currants, chocolate covered blueberries and red pepper. The aroma is on the wrapper and foot, and it is present in the cold draw as well.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto is double banded, with the classic La Aurora main band and the secondary band indicating ‘Maduro’. The cellophane is designed in a retail friendly way where opening it leaves the UPC intact. The cigar is dark brown and the wrapper has a rustic appearance to it. Nosing the wrapper, I pick up stewed raisin and a minty sweetness. The foot has rich, sweet tobacco with a hint of mint.

Pre-light Experience

The La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto has a maduro wrapper shade to the thick and hearty Brazilian wrapper. Major veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll very firm and head finished off with a short wrapped cap. Aromas from the wrapper tell dry wood and anise. Aromas from the foot give spicy cedar and hay. Cold draw gives sawdust and a hint of black pepper.

First Third

The cigar begins with some dark wood and baking spice. The smoke is quite chewy right from the start. At a half inch in, the baking spice has mellowed slightly and a chalkiness has joined the profile. The retrohale is wood forward with a very faint baking spice. At an inch in, the dark wood and chalkiness are at equal levels while the baking spice is in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some red pepper notes and with that is some dry earth, espresso beans, licorice and cocoa. There are some faint almond notes with that, and the flavors are complex and filling. I would classify the cigar as medium-full in flavors, and the body level is at a similar level. The strength is a little bit less, and I would classify the cigar as being medium overall.

First Third

My initial puffs bring flavors of sweet tobacco and hints of baking spices and pepper to finish. The baking spices and pepper are very smooth and balanced with a clean finish. As the cigar starts to settle in, light stewed raisin comes through at the end of the draw. Moments later, post draw leather establishes itself, then post draw cedar. The flavor profile is fairly flat here, without much intensity. By the halfway point, cedar has established itself in the middle of the palate, with consistent lingering post draw pepper on my lips and tongue tip.

First Third

The first third delivers an earthy and gritty mouthful with sweetened milk chocolate and cedar. Retrohaling brings out a more prevalent cedar as well as minerals. The finish is gritty earth and cedar for minutes. Strength is medium and body is medium plus.

Second Third

The second third continues on with dark wood while the chalkiness has eased up a bit and the baking spice is quite faint. At a quarter inch in, a slight char joins the dark wood. The retrohale now has a slightly toasted oak note along with some mustiness. At an inch in, the chalkiness has morphed into a mustiness and is just behind the faintly charred dark wood. The baking spice is no longer present. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar and finding some transitioning taking place. I am picking up some sweet earth notes and with that is some cinnamon, cocoa and currants. There are some faint sweet coconut shaving notes present, and they are paired with some soft spice. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in flavors, and the body and strength are between medium and medium-full.

Second Third

Minerality comes through at the end of the draw during the transition. Light plus leather comes through at the front of the profile with the minerality now coming through in the middle of the profile as well. As the cigar settles in, the finish adds loamy earth, with dry cedar displacing the mid profile minerality. In the bottom half, the post draw earth fades, drying cedar moving up to medium strength with accents of sweetness.

Second Third

Second third carries forth the first third’s flavor profile but with a bit more elevated spicy cedar and mineral delivery. The spice is a lot more evident on retrohales, which is a nice contrast to the milk chocolate note. Strength and body is unchanged at medium and medium plus.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the slightly charred dark wood and mustiness. The retrohale now has the slightly charred wood and mustiness at equal levels. As the cigar comes to a close, the char has begun to pick up and a slight bitterness has joined the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The final third is delivering a profile that is a little bit darker than the first two thirds and while it is not as complex as the first two thirds, it still has some depth and is quite enjoyable. I am picking up some espresso bean notes and with that is some earth, cocoa, wood and leather. It has a more natural and basic profile, but at the same time enjoyable. I would say the cigar is completely balanced in this third, and it is smoking at a medium to medium-full level in flavors, body and strength.

Final Third

Earth flavors return at the front of the flavor profile with some bitterness on the middle profile. Earth takes over the middle profile at medium strength. By the halfway point of the final third, the entire profile is dominated by earth with accents of bitterness.

Final Third

No changes to note on the last third. And that’s perfectly fine as the flavor profile is still a good mix of spicy cedar, minerals and sweetened milk chocolate with body being medium-full and strength medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy throughout but never needed any attention. The ash held on until the halfway point and then again until I set the cigar down.

Burn

The burn on the cigar was magnificent from start to finish and to be honest, nearly perfect. Fantastic burn line with an ash that held on incredibly well from start to finish.

Burn

The burn is straight with ash holding on well through the beginning of the first third. The burn is uneven in the bottom half, but self corrects.The burn is straight through the second and slightly uneven in the last third.

Burn

Aside from a few touch-ups, the burn performance was very good. Tight ashes, cool burn, 1.5 inch ash retention.

Draw

The cigar had a deliberate draw which was a fair amount tighter than I prefer but didn’t seem to effect the smoking experience other than maybe slowing down the burn.

Overall

The cigar started with a nice flavor profile of the dark wood and baking spice but gained some chalkiness fairly soon which knocked down the enjoyment level. As the chalkiness morphed to mustiness and the baking spice dropped out, the cigar maintained a profile of slightly charred dark wood and mustiness the rest of the way. The cigar burned quite slowly which provided a lengthy experience. Overall, the flavor profile of the La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto was average and not something I’m going to rush to revisit. The price point is quite attractive, so it’s an easy cigar to try and if you like this Maduro, it could be one you smoke frequently.

Draw

Like the burn and construction, the draw was fantastic from beginning to end. Simply amazing!

Overall

The La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto was a great cigar that delivered on so many levels. To begin with, the draw and construction were fantastic. The ash held on firmly for nearly three quarters of the cigar and the burn line was practically perfect with that as well. The draw was perfectly to my liking and it delivered the right level of resistance from beginning to end. The flavors were spot on throughout the cigar, and while the second and final third were not where they were in the first, they still delivered a truly enjoyable experience. The notes of blueberries, currants and coconut shavings were fantastic throughout, and they paired greatly with the core flavors of spice, earth and cocoa. There is a lot to be impressed with in this cigar, and another great quality is how well it shows that La Aurora knows how to work with so many different types of tobacco in so many blends.

Draw

The draw is quite resistant, I would estimate 3 to 3-1/2 notches in the tight spectrum.

Overall

The flavor profile of the La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto didn’t ever elevate above average for me. Notes of baking spices, pepper, sweet tobacco, leather, earth, minerality and cedar. My total smoking time was 1 hour and 42 minutes. The draw was quite resistant, but didn’t seem to impact the burn performance at all.

Draw

The draw was definitely on the tighter end of the spectrum. Still considered good though.

Overall

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record when it comes to talking about La Aurora. This company continues to be the king of producing well priced cigars that are a pleasure to smoke. In the case of the La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto, the profile was fairly linear but that didn’t bother me because the core flavors were great, providing an earthy gritty mouthfeel of sweetened milk chocolate, spicy cedar and minerals. Definitely keep some of these affordable (good) cigars in stock.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$1.07

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.88

Cost/Point

$0.73

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John McTavish

SCORE

4.95

Cost/Point

$1.16

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.77

Cost/Point

$0.85

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