COVERING YOUR ASH: LA AURORA 107 MADURO

The original La Aurora 107 – sporting an Ecuadoran Sun Grown wrapper – came upon the scene a couple of years ago to an enthusiastic reception, and its Maduro follow-up has been eagerly awaited for some time. Now that production issues have been resolved, it is hitting the market this summer. When Guillermo Leon and his Dominican Republic operation have something to offer, it’s usually worth paying attention.

Cigar Stats: The 107 Maduro contains the same Dominican and Nicaraguan filler and Dominican Corojo binder tobaccos, but now they’re wrapped in a Connecticut broadleaf. It will be available in four sizes: Robusto (4½ x 50), Toro (5½ x 54), Belicoso (6¼ x 52), and Corona (5½ x 43). I sampled a pair of Robustos for this review.

Appearance: The dark brown wrapper – think dark chocolate – is minimally veined. It’s springy to the touch, but it’s well-wrapped and has a fresh feel. It exudes a rich, earthy pre-light aroma, and that continues after the flame arrives.

The Smoke: The aroma throughout the smoke is delightful, evoking thoughts of leather chairs and snifters. After the first few puffs, earth and wood notes dominate the palate. Soon, one can detect some coffee and a bit of hay or grass. The wrapper also imparts some sweetness, and there’s a tangy aftertaste that I’m attributing to the Corojo component. Both sticks I tried required touch-ups about midway through the smoke, but it wasn’t a major issue. The draw is on the easy side, and the white ash held together quite well.

Verdict: The La Aurora 107 Maduro is a quality smoke that’s definitely worth a try, especially at its price tag of around $7 a stick. The Robusto may be somewhat small in stature, but it provides a good 60 to 90 minutes of a tasty smoking experience. For more information on the 107 Maduro or the entire line of La Aurora cigars, visit www.laaurora.com. – Brian Coyne

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