Review: La Aurora Corojo Gran Corona

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

              La Aurora is a brand that has been around for over a century, and is currently run by the Miami Cigar Company known for Casa Fernandez, Guillermo Leon, Nester Miranda and several other prominent brands.  The Corojo offering is a newer blend from Miami Cigars that aims at the medium profile smoker and fans of the Corojo wrapper.  I was gifted this cigar from my local B&M owner, whom regularly consults with me to determine which brands to stock and bring in. The wrapper is a nice golden brown, and the initial lick and draw provided a bitter cocoa.  After a failed art project with some third graders this morning, I needed a good pick me up to get my afternoon back on track.

First Third: At first light, I was met with a mellow spice on the tip of my tongue and a short finish of bread on the back of my tongue.  The spice builds into what I identified as nutmeg on the tip of my tongue, and the finish of bread resided on the roof of my mouth, which I found a bit odd.  This provided a unique depth to the cigar that I found unique to the blend profile.  My only complaint at that time, was the draw of smoke was minimal at best, and required at least 3-5 puffs to get a solid draw to ascertain flavor profiles.  Towards the end of the first third, a fruit finish presented itself and I felt like the finish was very short and precise. The retrohale was pleasant throughout the first third, with the spice consistent and never overpowering. 

Second Third: Spice and fruit were present on the tip of my tongue; bread was still dominant on the roof of my mouth.  The finish in the back of my mouth was still short and concise, with some cedar entering the mix.  At this time, I was able to pinpoint what I thought the fruit reminded me of, and dried mandarin orange came to mind, similar to a trail mix package.  Unfortunately, the draw required much work to keep the cigar lit, and I became somewhat disinterested as I was working too hard to get what I wanted out of it.  Towards the end of this third, cedar became the most dominant flavor, specifically on the retrohale, but the complexity of spice, bread, and fruit made the cigar enjoyable.

Final Third: Spice picked up on the retrohale, and the draw finally loosened up.  For a short period, the
Corojo hit stride and was an excellent smoke, then became too loose and began to heat up.  The dried fruit note started to come back in a very pleasant way, and to me is the best part of the cigar. It should be noted that the burn hooked on a vein and took a bad turn, and this might have been what affected the draw.  Due to the loose draw, the cedar, spice, and heat turned the cigar bitter and this experience came to an end. 

Final Thoughts: I really want to revisit this cigar again, as I felt the profile was a solid medium and show cased quality Dominican tobacco and the Corojo wrapper. Given my positive experience with La Aurora and most Miami Cigar brands, I would hope I could chalk the draw experience up to a bad cigar as we are dealing with a handmade product.  I would recommend this cigar to fans of Dominican tobacco, La Aurora, and Corojo wrapper.  Given the draw issue, I cannot say I would buy a box or fiver, but I will pick a couple up next time I see it and revisit.  Age may benefit the cigar given the Sumatra binder and multiple filler tobaccos. 

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