I recently smoked the La Aurora Leoninos, a fantastic cigar, which I have reviewed below.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the La Aurora Leoninos. This was an absolutely fantastic, A+ cigar.
La Aurora Leoninos
A Dominican cigar with a Dominican-grown Corojo wrapper and a blend of Piloto Cubano leaves, Dominican Corojo, Bahia, and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobaccos, this was an absolutely fantastic cigar. I loved every bit of it.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Length of the Smoke
It took me about one hour to smoke through this cigar.
Look of the Label
As the picture below indicates, the label was beautiful. It was eloquent yet simple. (I forgot to take a picture while I was smoking, so I’ve included a picture of the label from my cigar journal.)
La Aurora Leoninos’ Condition
The La Aurora Leoninos was a beautiful cigar with a dark, oily maduro wrapper. The one flaw was some wrinkling throughout.
Feel of the Cigar
The La Aurora Leoninos had an excellent feel to it. It had just the right amount of give on the squeeze and was consistent throughout.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled of earth with subtle hints of chocolate. It had an overall subtle and smooth dark aroma.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the La Aurora Leoninos
The unique shape of the cigar made for an interesting lighting experience, not one to which I am accustomed. Still, it was fine and lit up without much trouble.
The draw was a bit too loose for my liking, but it was smooth nonetheless. It could have used just a little bit more resistance.
On the retrohale, the La Aurora Leoninos was silky with hints of pepper and a generally rich and overall delicious allure.
La Aurora Leoninos’ Flavor
The La Aurora Leoninos’ smoke was silky in a way I’ve never before experienced. It had a rich flavor profile with strong hints of dark chocolate.
This was a fantastically delicious cigar, one of the best-tasting that I have ever had.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke had a dark richness to it with hints of spice. I would eagerly buy a candle that gave off this aroma.
The burn started off just a little uneven at first, which is not atypical of premium cigars—particularly those of unusual shapes like this one. It quickly evened out, however, and burned evenly and smoothly the rest of the way.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it didn’t cause any trouble, either.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The La Aurora Leoninos left me feeling nice and mellow. This was overall, an extraordinary smoking experience.
La Aurora Leoninos’ Tobacco
The La Aurora Leoninos showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
La Aurora Leoninos’ Final Grade
This was a fantastic smoke, and I hope that I can get my hands on some more. Unfortunately, I have had a difficult time locating anymore of these cigars for purchase, but I’ll keep my eyes open. I loved everything about it.
Final Grade: 97 / A+
As always, I recommend Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month Club. I’ve been a member for years, and I love it. If you join, you’ll get five premium cigars delivered right to your door every month for just $32.95, including shipping.
(There’s also a slightly more expensive Rare Cigar Club available, for those who are interested.)
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
If you’d prefer not to use my link, however, I still recommend the Club. Just go to Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month website to explore Monthly Clubs’ offerings.