Cigar Review: Guillermo Leon – New From La Aurora
It’s always exciting to light up a new stogie, especially one from such a renowned company as La Aurora. I’ve been hearing about this blend since the IPCPR show, and along with it tales of how hard Guillermo León has been working on perfecting this blend. He must have been happy with the result; after all he put his name right on it. The sample I got was the Gran
Toro size, a monster 6 x 58 that is a little bigger than my usual size. Being a nice Friday afternoon I figured I could handle it.
It has a nice, rich pre-light aroma and the wrapper was sleek and silky. It lit up nice and easy, you can tell that the torcedor who rolled this one knew exactly what he was doing. I immediately was puffing away on some thick, creamy smoke that brought a mild cedar flavor along with some mellow sweet notes. Between the Corojo portion of the binder and Habano wrapper I was expecting a little more spice, but it never really came all the way through. About 1/3 of the way in this one took a hard left and evolved from being a nice, easy-going smoke to being a complex mesh of earthy flavors that kicked this one into high gear for me.
Each puff brought new notes, the Corojo still never brought spice to the forefront but it stayed in the background as some coffee hints mixed in to the woody/earthy flavors. The middle third was definitely the sweet spot for me, all the different flavors that exposed themselves earlier settled together to create a rich blend that was very enjoyable. The impeccable construction also made this one very easy to enjoy, puffing easily and burning quite well.
I liked this smoke quite a bit, it’s a little outside my typical flavor profile but it’s blatantly obvious that this is a top-notch cigar. It certainly made my Friday afternoon a whole lot more enjoyable, and I’ll close this out with a heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Leon for a job well done!
It’s still unclear at this point if we’re going to be able to stock these or if they’ll only be available for B&Ms, but I sure hope they’ll be on our shelves, I know you La Aurora lovers are going to like this blend.