This fantastic cigar came into my humidor by way of the Smoking Greek’s ‘13 for 2013’ Contest. I had completely forgotten about it until my appearance, along with Rob, on Dave Burck’s show The Cigar Jukebox (our episode will be airing in the next few weeks). If it wasn’t for my obsessive use of the Cigar Geeks online humidor I would have completely forgotten about it.
The La Aurora Cien (100) Anos was a cigar created during Jose Blanco’s time at La Aurora. Having great respect for his palate and skills this was something I was eager to try my hand at pairing. Created in 2004 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of La Aurora, they are individually numbered on the band and box.
Available as a 6-1/4”x52 Belicoso, 7”x50 Churchill, 7-1/2”x40 Lancero, 6”x58 Preferido No. 1, and the 5”x50 Robusto which is also available with a Maduro wrapper.
The nose on the La Aurora Cien Anos noses of cedar, white pepper and light earth.
I used my Xikar v-cut and found the draw slightly towards the open end.
The first starts quite light and creamy. The retrohale nutty and has a slight floral component. I’m also starting to pick up some leather between each draw.
For pairing I went with the Nikka Miyagikyo 12. I could have also gone with the 15 but I had never smoked the La Aurora Cien Anos before and I wasn’t sure how much body it had. The Miyagikyo 12 was delicate, citrusy with a faint orange peel on the palate and nose, and had a very soft but creamy mouth feel.
The cigar continues to evolve into a nutty earth with light strength to it. The retrohale picks up some light grassy notes.
On the Miyagikyo I start to get hints of cinnamon after a few sips.
The first third of the La Aurora Cien Anos is also delicate but has a great complexity to it. The whisky continues to compliment the cigar well with the sweetness and citrus off setting the nutty creamy components of the La Aurora Cien Anos.
In the middle third some cedar develops during the transition from first to second. The cigar begins to exhibit a complex smoky finish almost like peat from a scotch or a brisket.
The whisky has such a short finish that it doesn’t muddle any of the closing flavors of each cigar draw.
The cigar flavors start to bring some hints of chlorophyll and more of the floral notes from the first third. On the retrohale there is some sweet nuttiness
I would compare the mouth feel on the whisky to vanilla ice cream, as it coats the entire mouth and tongue.
The last third has the La Aurora Cien Anos develops some espresso and chocolate as it transitions from the second third. The floral notes are still present and are in balance, and the chlorophyll and nuttiness all seem to play off of each other brilliantly. I’m also getting a hint of black pepper at the end of each draw which serves to drive the complexity even more. The retrohale continues to consist of mostly a sweet nuttiness.
The La Aurora Cien Anos is a brilliant cigar. I think if you really want to enjoy it you’re going to have to sit down and be mentally prepared to appreciate the flavors. It would be very easy to just smoke through it and not pay attention to the complexities and that would be a mistake. If you give this cigar the focus it deserves it reveals a profile that just continues developing right up until the end.
The Nikka Miyagikyo 12 is a pairing recommendation that I would repeat seven days a week. The whisky and cigar elevate each other exactly how a pairing should. The only other pairing that comes to mind that worked as well as this was the Glenlivet Nadurra 16 and the Ramon Allones 2010 Canadian Regional.