Review: La Aurora 100 Anos Maduro Robusto

La Aurora Cien Anos Maduro Robusto 5x50

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

              You know, at times reviewing cigars can seem more business then pleasure, as the note taking, determining taste profiles, and objectivity can take away from the personal enjoyment of the moment.  We have monikers employed to describe our experience and build our opinions from, which sometimes may make little sense to readers.  What one reviewer describes as finish, may mean something else to the reader, and then again to the company.  However, occasionally a cigar comes up and teaches you something about how we enjoy cigars, and changes our objectivity forever.  In this case, the Cien Anos Maduro provided an experience I will judge every cigar from in regard to what we call, “the finish.”  The finish to me is that lingering taste in your mouth that provides the flavors that sit on your palate, your tongue, the back of your mouth, and generally enticing our senses.  So without getting into the specifics and history of La Aurora, let us just say the Cien Anos is a celebration of 100 years of business for La Aurora in the Dominican Republic, released one vitola at a time from 2003-2006.  The maduro line is a current limited production, as only 7,000 cigars were rolled with this wrapper, and part of a 2012 rerelease of the line to meet demand.

Prelight: The dry draw provided a creamy cocoa note that immediately brought Swiss chocolate to my mind.  There were already signs of plume crystals in the wrapper, signifying a properly aged wrapper.

1st Third: Immediately the draw was very full bodied, only requiring one puff to get a full blast of smoke on my palate.  The retro was very strong at first, but the finish was slow building.  It seemed as if the finish started very slowly and built into a rich experience that could be interpreted many ways, depending on the smoker.  My notes suggested the flavors were not upfront; rather, taking so long to develop that I continually put the cigar down to enjoy the length of the finish and admire the quality of taste, as opposed to figuring out specific notes.   This took place for about 20 minutes, until I finally jotted down that the retro had opened up a bit, smoothed out, and the distinct Swiss chocolate notes were developing with hints of cedar and spice.  I honestly spent most of this third admiring the finish, and forgetting about the review, as the flavor seemed to linger forever. My final note of the first third: This is the shit Zeus would smoke.

2nd Third: The main change that took place was how the cocoa note of the God’s changed in richness and sat on my palate.  As opposed to showing up towards the end of the greatest finish I have experienced, the note moved up front to the tip of my tongue amidst a creamy plume of smoke.  The creaminess of the draw sweetened on each puff, while the retro became much smoother and had a notable sting of cedar.   The sweetness is also met with a nutty flavor of sorts, which reminded me of toffee.  It was as if the cocoa note invited a bunch of friends to come dance around on my palate, hand in hand with the cocoa leading the jitterbug. The complexity had picked up significantly during this third and set up a finale of mythological proportions.

Final Third: The main note has moved into an espresso profile now, with the cocoa shifting ever so slightly to the retrohale.  The complexity of the retro had grown substantially, with cocoa, coffee bean, and the toffee nuttiness intermingling on my palate. I could see the crystals of plume shimmering in the ash as I neared the end, while espresso sat on the roof of my mouth and coffee bean flavors sharp on the tip of my tongue.   Roasted nuts arrived that could be interpreted as almonds, peanuts, or cashews all over the finale.  The flavor profile was all over the board and after each draw I set the cigar down to experience all the wonderful flavors the Cien Anos had to offer.  I would say Zues would be smashing the doors down at the factory looking for boxes to fill his mythological humidor at this point.

Construction: Flawless…  As previously stated, this is what the God’s would smoke. My main complaint is MAKE MORE PLEASE.

Final Thoughts: I am not a huge maduro fan, as I am a picky fanatic of Padron Family Reserve and Anniversary lines, and not many maduro’s live up to the bar the Padron family has set.  I have always been a big fan of the 100 Anos line, and La Aurora in general, so when I saw these sitting on the shelf, I grabbed a couple immediately.  Sadly, I only bought two, and when I went back a few days later, they were gone. Did I mention I gave the other away to my buddy Jim?  My suggestion is if you see them, buy them, and save them for the perfect smoking experience.  This is something I would put on par with Padron 80th or 40th, as in I wait to experience cigars like this after the perfect steak, with the perfect spirit, when the moment commands perfection.  The most important part for me with this review, was truly experiencing one of the longest finishes any cigar has offered my palate.  When I read a review, or write one going forward, the Cien Anos will be the benchmark as to what a, “long finish,” should embody.  The length was so long, as the smoker I did not want to pick the cigar back up and ruin the lingering richness of Swiss cocoa and friends with another draw.  An hour after I smoked this, I went back to my note pad and noted the espresso, toffee, almonds, and richness of the cocoa were still on my palate; thus, suggesting my enjoyment lasted well after the cigar was done.  Kudos to La Aurora for creating such a fantastic maduro, and if anyone has these laying around I would gladly buy or trade for more as my only complaint is I will not get to experience this again. 

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Comment by Habana Mike on April 23, 2013 at 10:51pm

I couldn't agree more or add much to your review, had my first one of these a few weeks ago and fell in love with it!

While in New York I picked one up at De la Conch'a midtown store along with a couple of other hard to finds. Don't but much up there due to Bloomberg's war on tobacco.

Anyway, after smoking the one I got I immediately called DLC to buy the rest they had. Alas I was informed they had none left. So the search begins.....

I was in the Tampa Bay area a couple weeks back and hit a few of the best shops in Ybor, Tampa, Clearwater and St Pete. No joy there, even at Edwards. Matter of fact I saw very few were even carrying the La Aurora line anymore.

Last week in Charlotte I hit a few more shops with no luck, though the Opus were in so it wasn't a complete loss. McCranie's always seems to come through.

However with my finely honed Google skills I was able to find a full box at one outlet and another with 22 left - they added 5 of the regular Robust to make up for it.

First box arrived yesterday and smoking one quickly confirmed my earlier experience. Regardless to say, if you run across these definitely pick them up.

I'd be open to a small trade with you Catfish given your similar appreciation of this incredible cigar.

Cheers!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on April 24, 2013 at 7:58am

That would be awesome Mike, I was very impressed honestly.  From what I was told, retailers had to order an insane amount of LA product to get one box of maduros. Let me know what we can work out, I'd love to set something up.


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Comment by Echo Six Kilo on April 25, 2013 at 8:44am

"Zues would be smashing the doors down at the factory looking for boxes to fill his mythological humidor"  that has got to be the best visual in a cigar review I have ever read.

Great review Sir!!!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on April 25, 2013 at 8:56am

If only I had an unlimited cigar budget and my own walkin...  

Thanks for the kind words bro, it was an amazing smoke.

Comment by Habana Mike on May 1, 2013 at 10:30pm

Hey man - check your friend requests, I want to follow up on this.

Cheers,

Mike

Comment by Habana Mike on May 1, 2013 at 10:39pm

Just for fun I thought I'd add this (the back box is the regular edition):

Comment by Habana Mike on September 25, 2013 at 10:31pm

So Catfish

Have you had the chance to smoke another yet?

Curious to your second impressions!

Comment by Emmett Malone on October 14, 2013 at 3:02pm

We just did a blind cigar review of this on Blind Man's Puff. It scored a 91, great smoke!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on October 14, 2013 at 7:29pm

Mick, I have not, I need to revisit it soon.  I am saving them for optimal conditions.  

Emmett, nice review, but that is the natural, this is the maduro.  Both are amazing smokes my friend.  I enjoyed reading the writeups on your site. If you ever see the maduro, buy them...  they were extremely limited in production.

Comment by Emmett Malone on October 14, 2013 at 10:03pm

I actually saw some of the maduro's for sale during some research about the blend today... Maybe I should grab them :D

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