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Cigar Review – La Aurora 107 Robusto

Rene, the sales director at Miami Cigar & Company, stopped by the office the other day and was nice enough to drop off a bunch of samples. After rifling through the bunch, all of which looked good, I eventually settled on the La Aurora 107 Robusto, which stood at a squat  4 ½ inches by 50 ring gauge. Having already smoked and enjoyed the La Aurora 1495 Robusto, I figured this would be a good one for review.

This rather short stogie had an oily, medium-brown wrapper with veins evenly distributed throughout. The filler was packed firmly from head to foot, but once I clipped the cap, I was greeted with a nice, easy pre-light draw with notes of spicy tobacco and dark cocoa. After clearing the tobacco dust from the cut cigar and coughing like I was 13 again and smoking oregano in my parents’ garage, it was time to light up.

This stogie lit like any good stogie should. I blasted the foot with a dual-torch lighter and it took off on its own, without any puffing. The very first draw gave me a good idea of what I was in for—rich, black-peppery tobacco, dry cocoa, and some slightly sweet black tea on the finish. Despite its small stature and modest ring gauge, the smoke was cool and exhibited no harshness.

About halfway into the cigar, the spice climbed up a bit. This time it was a combination of black and red pepper, along with that lingering tobacco note. The ash was still hanging on at this point, totaling in at just over two inches. I know that the La Aurora factory is known for having some of the best torcedores in the business, but a two-inch ash is always surprising.

After this sizeable ash fell off, the flavors mellowed out considerably, centering on strong coffee, butter, and some residual pepper. In the background was a pleasant honey flavor, but without the sweetness—I guess you could call it a floral note. Whatever it was, this and the other flavors stayed consistent right up until I put it down.

If you’re looking for something overly complex, the La Aurora 107 Robusto might not be for you. If you’re looking for something flavorful, consistent, and completely maintenance-free, you’d be hard pressed to find a better smoke. The flavors never got harsh, the burn stayed picture-perfect the entire time, and the ash held on or way longer than I expected it to. This cigar was bold enough to impress any knowledgeable smoker, but I’d also feel totally confident giving it to a first timer. Many thanks to Rene from Miami Cigar & Co. for the samples!