Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size / Ring: 6 1/4 x 52
Price : MSRP $8.50
The La Aurora 107 is distributed by Miami Cigar and Company, and is by far one of my favorites from their lineup. The sun-grown, rustic looking wrapper from Ecuador on the 107 is a light shade of chocolate accented with a blush of rosado. The torpedo cap is well done and perfectly rolled. This particular belicoso was firm to the touch with a good weight a good sheen of oil.
Aromas from the 107 were of citrus, sweet hay, and a hint of white pepper. Lighting the cigar generated voluminous and pleasantly fragrant smoke from a burn that was slow and fairly even. The consistently colored ash held exceptionally well, growing to at least an inch before ashing.
The combined qualities of the Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers gave the cigar an engaging and lively balance of the competing qualities of sweet and spice. The first third featured smooth, mellow notes, with deep notes of cocoa and hints of pepper starting to sneak in. In the second third, the qualities of the Dominican and Nicaraguan filler play against each other; very rich tobacco flavors rise, earth and a lemon-like citrus replaced the initial smooth sweetness, while pepper started to feature much more prominently in the back of the throat. The spice tapered and mild smoothness returned for the final third; mellow cream flavors finished off the cigar.
An excellent smoke, without hesitation. In terms of strength, it started and remained mild-medium until well into the second third, where it rose to a medium-full and remained so for the remainder of the smoke. Definitely something to add to my humidor on a permanent rotation.