This cigar was released to commemorate the year in which La Aurora began blending this specific leaf. In this case, this Connecticut blend was started in 1987. It was released in tandem with the 1962 Corojo, but that is for another time.
La Aurora Commemorative 1987 Connecticut
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Prelight: The wrapper has a nice, smooth aroma of hay, marshmallow and some slight wood and spice. The foot is richer, with a deep, natural tobacco sweetness, while the cold draw is light, with notes of cedar and a touch of white pepper. It is also a very smooth draw, with a dry, tingle on the finish.
Beginning: The smoke pours out from this La Aurora Connecticut and the ash starts off tight and crisp. Surprisingly, the profile is very “chewy”, with lots of substance. Unlike the first third of almost all Connecticuts I’ve had. Hay, wood and a burnt marshmallow note dominate right off. In the background are notes of spices and a mix of white and black pepper. The burn is a tad wavy, yet still sharp. And the ash appears velvety, solid and medium grey in color. A great start.
Middle: There was a quick vegetal hit as this cigar transitioned into the second third, but it was only for a few puffs. Then this Connecticut goes mostly back to the initial profile. The finish is long, with a flavor and mouthfeel similar to that of a fired, marshmallow creme. The pepper spice is present, but very light. There is also a mouth watering note present here. Kind of a citrusy, sweetness that’s hard to describe, but it’s quite pleasant. The ash and burn remain the same.
End: As I enter the final third, the finish immediately becomes much drier. The marshmallow fades into the background and the cedar and white pepper move towards the front. There is also a new, campfire note in the mix. The La Aurora 1987 Connecticut ends like this, with a long dry finish. Ash and burn are great, never needing correction.
Final Thoughts: A nice and uniquely profiled cigar, the La Aurora 1987 Connecticut is a definite try for anyone exploring Connecticuts. I sure would not turn them down and would enjoy one at any time. Keeping some on hand would be worthwhile. This is a really good Connecticut, but for me personally it rates below a few of my absolute favorite Connies.
Rating: 86 AKA “A Couple”