April 02, 2017

La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(from the La Aurora website)
In medium strength, but top aromatic and pleasant smoke, La Aurora Cameroon represents the really first modern bet by La Aurora, a step forward in the tradition of the original cigar manufacturer in Dominican Republic, since 1903. With a large portfolio of different vitolas and rings that have a range from 30 to 58 thickness, La Aurora Cameroon gets its name from the “heart of darkness”, Cameroon, Africa, where its red and shiny wrapper was formerly harvested (nowadays, is Cameroon seed grown in Ecuador). The binder is from Ecuador and the filler is Dominican and Nicaragua.

Today I am reviewing the robusto. It is a beautiful reddish in color and well made. It has a massive vein running right down the length of the cigar. You can see it in the first pic at the top of the page. The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a robusto. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap had a touch of firmness but very workable.  The initial flavors were cinnamon, caramel, cedar, white chocolate, and black pepper rated at an 8. There is also quite a bit of lingering black pepper. There is a nice black coffee base. The finish starts out with a dry almond flavor with light sweet cream. There is a ton of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied with the feel it will go higher. 

One inch in (18 minutes) the cigar is settling down. Now there are lots of sweet cedar, caramel, brown sugar, white chocolate, and cinnamon. There is also a touch of butter that helps give the cigar richness. The pepper remains very good. The finish is remarkably unchanged but the longer you wait between draws you get a caramel flavor that is nice. 

At the midpoint (40 minutes) the cigar is medium to full bodied. You still have plenty of the cedar, cinnamon, and caramel. There are even some cocoa notes popping up. The coffee notes are really up at this point. The pepper remains very good. The finish is getting a little more of the caramel flavor notes. The cigar is turning a little darker. 

The cigar lasted 1 hour 9 minutes. The cocoa notes gradually shifted over to chocolate notes. The cedar, brown sugar, and cinnamon were still quite good. The chocolate notes gave the cigar a lot of depth along with the black coffee. The finish is basically unchanged. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. 

Score: 92

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