La Aurora 107 Robusto Review

I remember smoking a La Aurora 107 about 5 years ago. I remember it was a sample and that I really liked it. It was so long ago that I no longer remembered anything about the flavor or the strength. Recently a friend hooked me up with this cigar and I couldn’t wait to get into it!

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil, Peru, Dominica
Blend note: The fillers are all aged for 6 years.

Appearance & Smell
This has a deliciously brown toothy wrapper without too many surface veins. The wrapper almost has a tinge of red to it. The smell is strong, definitely has some spice, little bit of cedar, and a whole lot of cocoa.

Smoke Preparation
Sticking with my recent routine, I used my Xikar Xi1 to flat cut the cap and my Xikar Enigma double torch to get it lit.

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Burn & Draw
What’s not to love about a well-rolled cigar? This cigar burned like a champ. It had a slightly tougher draw than many cigars I have smoked but I didn’t mind it or think that it was too tight. I enjoyed having to pull a little harder rather than having a cigar with too easy of a pull that makes it burn too quickly. This cigar held it’s ash very nicely.

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Strength & Body
I was impressed by the complexity of this cigar. The flavor transitions are their but they all meld nicely. The rich earthiness with cocoa and a little spice in the background kept me wanting more. It started off as a medium, by the time I was getting to the end it felt like more of a medium-plus.

Final Thoughts
If you want a powerhouse of a cigar that is necessarily just stuffed with nicotine strength but it has the flavor to make you want to grab it again, this would be a great smoke for you! I suspect that if I were to smoke one of these a day for five days, I would pick up more complexity and flavors everyday. The combination of using four tobaccos from different countries really made this a fun smoke. I believe they retail for around $7-$8 per cigar for the robust and is worth it.

Sourced: From a friend
Brand Information: La Aurora Cigars

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CAO Zocalo 6×60 Review (Pre-Release)

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So this review is going to be a little different than some of my others because I am missing quite a bit of the information. The reason I am missing the information is because this cigar has not been released yet. I was told that they haven’t even started shipping yet! Let’s get into it!

Blend Profile
I have exactly zero blend information on this one so I am flying blind.
Vitola: 6×60

Appearance & Smell
This cigar had a nice rich, brown wrapper that has a nice toothy feel to it. There was also a fair amount of oil on the outside of the wrapper. The band is interesting, big, and bold. I look forward to hearing more about how the label came about. The smell is earthy and has some cocoa. There was also a faint hint of spice.

Smoke Preparation
I seem to be in a habit lately… I once again used my Xikar Xi1 to put a flat cut on the cap and my Xikar Enigma double torch to get it lit.

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Burn & Draw
This cigar kept a very nice even burn throughout the whole smoke. I know it had to be a sample but it didn’t seem to need any extra rest to burn correctly. The draw was great for a 6×60.

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Strength & Body
This cigar was in the medium to medium-plus in terms of strength for me. The body was there and it had a nice complexity of flavors that did change a little bit throughout the smoke. After the initial lighting I was picking up more of the spice that I had smelled. As the cigar went on, I got more of the cocoa and earthiness.

Final Thoughts
The truth is: I’m not a big CAO fan. I never really have been. I enjoyed the America and the Brazilia and that was about it. This cigar seemed to sway me to think a little more positively of CAO. I was impressed by the flavors and the great construction of the cigar. I have no information about the price point but I am really curious to find out how much these will retail for and which other vitolas they will roll out. Keep it on your radar and see what you think if/when they pop up at your local retail shop! Cheers!

Source: It’s a secret.
Brand Information: CAO Cigars 

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Aging Room Solera Sun Grown Review

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Like most tobacconists, I like to try a cigar before I make the decision to bring it into my humidor. No one wants to be stuck with a box of cigars that just simply does not move. When I saw this cigar, I made the snap decision to bring it into my humidor before I even had the chance to smoke it. I just had a gut feeling about it! Well, here is the review and I can tell you that I am happy with my decision!

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Dominican Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican Habano

Appearance & Smell
Wowza! This has rich and earthy notes before lighting. I picked up quite a bit of cedar too. The pre-light smell really made me want to get into this smoke.

Smoke Preparation
I went with my trusty flat cut by using a Xikar X1 to cut the cap. I lit the cigar with my double torch Xikar Enigma.

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Burn & Draw
This cigar was awesome when it came to the burn and draw. It burned very evenly throughout the whole cigar with zero touch-ups. The draw was just a treat because I didn’t have to pull too hard but there was enough resistance to keep this burning evenly for a long time.

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Strength & Body
I would definitely consider this a medium to a medium-plus cigar. The Sun Grown wrapper mixed the Habano really gives a nice body to this smoke with some real complexity.

Final Thoughts
This cigar was a treat! I am very pleased to see Aging Room going in this direction. Between the complexity of the flavors, the perfect burn, and the strength, I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon smoke. For a $7 cigar, this was one I would definitely pick up again!

Sourced: Locally
Brand Information: Aging Room Cigars

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Camacho Candela Robusto (Limited) Review

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I am absolutely positive that I am not the only cigar smoker who has pre-conceived notions that all candela wrapped cigars are going to be mild. So before you skip this review, let me assure you that this was not your “typical” candela cigar. Read on to get the low down on this interesting smoke!

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Honduran Criollo Candela
Binder: Honduran Original Corojo
Filler: Honduran Original Corojo
Country of Origin: Honduras

Appearance & Smell
The wrapper had a bit of hay/grass smell to it. There were some veins but overall a very pretty cigar. When smelling the foot I got more earthiness and cedar notes. I love the green band but I am probably partial because green is my favorite color!

Smoke Preparation
I went my traditional route and put a flat cut on this cigar with my Xikar Xi1. I also lit it with my double torch Xikar Enigma.

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Burn & Draw
This cigar was easy to light and keep lit. The draw was perfectly in the middle, not too tight and not too loose. I only had to touch it up once but that was when I let it sit for too long. The ash held very well and I didn’t find myself struggling at all with the construction.

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Strength & Body
Here is the surprising part of the candela, the strength really is a medium to a medium-plus. By using the original corojo blend, it really boosts the strength of the candela. The body is all there and it was a nice departure from the typical mild candela cigars.

Final Thoughts
I went in expecting a mild smoke which has become standard for candela cigars. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this cigar had more kick and a lot more flavor than other candelas I have smoked. It still carried some of the hay/grass taste but it really was a secondary flavor. The corojo really takes the front seat and the candela seems to meld very nicely by adding some nice contrast to the smoke. So before you roll your eyes and run away thinking this is “just another candela”, give it a shot and see what you think. It retails for about $7-$8 and I think it is worth the money. Plus, there were only 4,000 boxes made, why not give it a try before they are gone?

Source: Purchased Locally
Brand Information: Camacho Cigars

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