La Aurora Maduro

La Aurora Maduro pre-light

This week we have the La Aurora Maduro robusto at 5×50. The La Aurora Maduro is advertised as a more refined, medium to full-bodied smoke than the Cameroon-wrapped La Aurora comprised of Dominican long filler and a Brazilian-grown broadleaf maduro wrapper. I’m not generally a big Cameroon fan so I’ve never tried it and can’t compare to the La Aurora Maduro. However, big fans of the LAM might want to stop reading now as I wasn’t terribly impressed by this specimen.

The wrapper was splotchy, with one single medium-sized vein running down one side. There was a very firm spot about an inch from the foot and about an inch long. The cut was clean revealing a decent draw and a nice sweetness from the wrapper. The splotchy appearance of the wrapper was very similar to the Ashton VSGs that I’ve seen this year.

The foot toasted quickly, and the cigar lit very easily yielding a rich maduro flavor with a bit of something extra I couldn’t quite place. The draw was decent at best, and unsurprisingly didn’t produce much smoke unless puffed too quickly to be enjoyed. The closer I got to the firm spot the tighter the draw got, but never got bad enough to set it down so I decided to try and smoke through it since it didn’t feel very big. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say it took me close to 20 minutes to get through the next inch…this is becoming work.

La Aurora Maduro first third

When I finally reached the back side of the firm spot the draw did improve, but by this time an occasional sour taste had surfaced. At first I thought the sour taste was caused by my constant puffing on the cigar trying to get some smoke, though it continued to rear its head even after the draw opened up and I slowed the pace of smoking. I tried purging the cigar to see if the taste would improve, and it seemed to go away immediately afterward but resurfaced quickly.

Getting just into the second third the draw began to tighten up on me again, despite the lack of any hard spots on the rest of the cigar. At this point I had been smoking this cigar for close to an hour, wasn’t even close to half way through it and was just out of patience with it. Had the flavors been fantastic I might have tried to suffer through it, and this wasn’t a bad tasting cigar, but it just wasn’t good enough for me to put up with any more.

I actually considered grabbing a different cigar to review as this was my only La Aurora Maduro but I figured I was bound to have a review for a cigar I just didn’t like one of these days, might as well be today. While I didn’t hate it, first impressions last a long time and this one didn’t leave me with a good taste in my mouth. Pun intended. 🙂

La Aurora Maduro ash tray