First, I would like to say a Merry Christmas to all my lovely gentile friends. And also to my Jewish friends that are married to shiksas and are forced to celebrate along with their wives. That would be me. Although, I don’t as much celebrate, but rather, sit on the couch and wait for my presents to be delivered. As my wife was born and bred in Germany, we do it their style of having dinner on Christmas Eve and distributing presents right afterwards.
Here is a little firecracker that the mellifluous Barry Stein of Miami Cigar & Co. sent me as a present for the holiday. Since Barry knows I celebrate Chanukkah, he slipped a couple of dreidels in the box as well. Dreidels are basically a child’s spinning top with four sides and four Hebrew letters…one on each side. During Chanukkah, the children get their Chanukkah geld (Chocolate coins) and they sit in a circle and gamble which letter turns up. Now I realize this does nothing good for our Jewish reputations with money and money changing, but it’s TRADITION! As Tevya would say.
Where was I?
The La Aurora Corojo was released in 2010 and got virtually no fanfare or PR machine pumping out press releases by the millions. It was months after that year’s IPCPR trade show before they showed up on shelves.
On the Miami Cigar web site, this is what they have to say about this cigar:
“La Aurora Corojo is handmade in Santiago, DR with a Corojo-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. An Ecuadorian Sumatra binder frames a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers. A slow, even burn delivers a medium-strength, but full-flavored smoke that’s ideal any time of day. Woody, nutty flavors prevail, with toasty notes of savory spice in the mix.”
The web site shows that this cigar received a 90 rating from Cigar Snob Magazine.
The cigar is incredibly rustic. Sloppy seams with a bushel full of big and small veins. The cap looks like a blind man placed it there. But it does have the perfect amount of tobacco with the right amount of give. The wrapper is a dark chocolate brown that has a small shimmer of oiliness along with a great amount of tooth. But folks, lest this rustic description depress you, as we have all smoked some great cigars that looked like what Bill Murray found at the bottom of the empty pool in “Caddyshack.”
I clip the cap and find a simply delicious abundance of dark cocoa, spice, cinnamon, nuts, earthiness, and orange citrus.
Time to light up.
Starts off with a punch of spice. Black pepper, cinnamon, and nuts. The cigar quickly turns sweet. The nuts become raw sweet cashews. The cocoa arrives making it a party. And then espresso finishes it off. Not bad for the first quarter of an inch.
The char line is starting to go wavy so I correct it. Don’t let your cigar get out of hand in the beginning. It may take two or three minor corrections; but most of the time that is all it needs to stay corrected for the balance of your cigar.
I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a little firecracker. The black pepper fades and the red pepper is an onslaught to the palate.
The char line is near dead nuts.
More flavors show up such as leather, and now, a slathering of creaminess. Buttery smooth.
Unexpectedly, the cigar reaches the first level of complexity at the 1” marker. A lot of flavor is bouncing around and taking nibbles from your palate. Some saltiness appears. But not in pretzel form.
The strength has been medium from the start but as I am starting the second third, the tower of power seems to edge up a notch.
Here are the flavors, in descending order: Red pepper, creaminess, cocoa, earthiness, raw cashews, cinnamon, espresso, and leather.
The draw is simply perfect pumping out clouds of smoke. It is a dreary snowy day and no sun. Only when I have that beautiful Wisconsin sun shining into my dining room do I get my smoky photos of the stick in the ashtray. When it is overcast, blecch. Yes, Wally Guse…I know it’s 70 degrees in Arizona where you live in a nursing home. That’s the one thing about us living in Arizona throughout the 90’s; was that Christmas didn’t have that Hallmark feel or look. Here in lovely Cheeshead land, we have a very picturesque view of the outdoors…unless you are doing doughnuts, on Main St., in your truck; because of the slippery road.
The halfway point is a real winner. Very complex. Very creamy. The pepper has subsided a bit allowing the other flavors to really mix it up and shine. The price point is excellent…mostly due to the eventful complexity of the cigar. Plus it starts out with flavor bomb status by the half inch mark.
The balance is perfect. The cigar has a very chewy long finish and the flavors are making me a natural woman.
Here is the kicker. I received the cigar last night. I dry boxed it overnight and had a hunch that I played correctly. I knew Barry wouldn’t let me down.
The secondary band that says “Corojo” is removed. Comes off easily. But rips a bit of wrapper. You will notice in the photos that the bands don’t really line up perfectly. That’s because the cigar was out of round. Probably from being squished into the gift box and would have gone back to being round after some decent aging. So, my bad.
There is a genuine flavor explosion now. This cigar puts a smile on my puss. I want more. Sizes seem to vary as I checked several online stores. Some carry more than others so I’m not sure of how many there are; but I believe this is it: 5 x 50, 5.2 x 43, 6.5 x 50, 7.5 x 50, and 6.2 x 52 (Belicoso). The price range is $6-$8 a pop by the box.
The strength tamps down to classic medium. The spiciness is in the background. And all the other listed flavors are pedal to the metal.
The cigar finishes out delightfully. This is my kind of blend for an inexpensive cigar. I find it hard to believe that as the cigar burns down, not only is not harsh or hot; but the flavor profile keeps expanding.
There is a nicotine kick as we come to the end.
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