Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
La Aurora is probably the most responsible for me entering the cigar industry. It was the first Brand I had fallen in love with. The fact that it was the pride of Santiago was an icing on the cake. I would leave work at Adidas in Soho, walk over to “OK Cigar” on West Broadway which has since closed and buy a La Aurora Cien Anos or Preferido once every pay period. I remember the Cien Anos was $22 and I would happily pay it back then after falling in love with the first one I smoked.
The age of the cigar made it such a smooth and creamy smoke that I would search for these characteristics in every cigar after. The Puro Vintage series was another cigar I fell in love with. The released in 2014 of the 2005 was an absolute hit and the 2006 followed up 2 years later. Between the two blends, one could notice the commonalities between the Vintage and Cien Anos. The Aging process is something that can only benefit already good tobacco.
Nothing tops the 2006 in the Puro Vintage line in my opinion. A vintage line from the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic is fitting. I smoked one with Manuel Inoawhose La Aurora Master Blender in 2016. Instead of a lot of talking, it was a very quiet meeting because of how good the cigar was. All I kept saying was “Cono” which pretty much means “Damn” after every 3rd or 4th puff.
In this episode we talk about the La Aurora Puro Vintage 2006, aging in cigars, value of aging, rarity in a cigar, Dominican Republic, falling in love with cigars, interaction with a cigar, a real smoke-along moment, buying a box of cigars, humidity, preserving cigars and Guillermo Leon.
If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.