This week’s group cigar review is of the La Aurora 107 Maduro. This one has a mix of tobacco from Nicaragua, Ecuador, AND, Dominican Republic. It has a slightly sweet fermented tobacco smell to it. The wrapper leaf looks real nice and it has a a perfect draw after cutting. Once lit up, the 107 has a rich earthy flavor with some sweetness and a spicy finish. This cigar produces a ton of full bodied smoke and the burn is very even in the first half – good construction. Later in the cigar it picks up a strong pepper flavor, enough to bring tears to your eyes if you retrohale it. Overall, we liked this cigar a lot. The flavor was mostly the same throughout the smoke, but it was a good blend of sweet and spice. It had just a couple of minor construction issues in the final third, pretty solid. This is one of our favorites from La Aurora.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Wow, this cigar has a very sweet tobacco smell to it. The wrapper is nice looking and it has a perfect draw after cutting it.
IamDarren: Wrapper looks nice and leathery, got a nice fermented smell to it.
IamDarren: used the shuriken to cut it and the draw is perfect. Got a nice mild spice on the cold draw
IamDarren: i guess im ready to light when you are
StraightUpCigars – Matt: lighting up.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I didn’t expect this much flavor. Rich and meaty earth flavor with lots of uniwue spice on the finish.
IamDarren: getting lots of smoke. Caramel sweetness and Spice is dominating. Got some earthy undertones. Very good.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: You are right, this one produces SO much smoke. The resting smoke is just billowing off.
IamDarren: getting a nice hearty character to it. Nice and chewey. Reminds me of a Diesel…
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I agree, a Diesel with more smoke production. I’m impressed so far.
IamDarren: hows your humi been handling the weather
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My 2 upstairs wood humis are not good, but my storage and review humis (coolerdors) are perfect. What about your cabinet/
IamDarren: mine was jumping all over the place so I decided it was time to replace my humi beads. Instead of soaking them i put a couple jars of water in there and ever since then it stays at 65 all the time. I put a few drops of rubbing alcohol in the water to keep it fresh but so far its working great.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Interesting. Someday I’ll bee getting a cabinet, probably not too far off.
IamDarren: I ended up putting a few ice cube trays at different levels with the humi beads and a couple of mason jars filled about half way with water.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Ice cube trays is a good idea. Do you use one of the big humidifiers?
IamDarren: just three ice cube trays and the water. So far its working. I think the trick is to make sure the whole cabinet is sealed properly. If I wouldn’t have gone to all the trouble to seal the door up I probably would have had to get a humidifier.
IamDarren: the price was right but its made just like a china cabinet.
IamDarren: cigar is burning perfectly and although the ash is a little flaky its still holding. Flavor is great. Still sweet with just the right amount of spice. Then the rich maduro flavor comes in on the finish.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine has become sweet, it didn’t start that way. Love the flavor right now, this cigar makes being in the cold no big deal.
IamDarren: still gobs of smoke which is a plus
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My ash was one big flake, so I knocked it before it fell on the computer. That’s my only negative so far.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: So much smoke on this thing, it got in my eye and burned
IamDarren: lol, before i got contacts it would sometimes go in behind my glasses if i retrohaled, that wasn’t too fun.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I didn’t know you gad contacts. I need some clear ones to block cigar smoke
StraightUpCigars – Matt: So I’ve been eating nothing but mexican on the trip, and also at home before. I had a jalepeno burger tonight and it reminded me America rules
IamDarren: i was always dropping and breaking my glasses on the farm. I didn’t get contacts before because they bothered my eyes but they came out with the Dailies that you throw away each night.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I have a lot of pepper and some leather flavor making their way into this one. Still so much smoke and no serious construction issues.
IamDarren: i don’t know if i told you but i pulled the cummins engine out of my truck. Im getting it overhauled.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: What year is it?
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Nice. About that time. My friend has an old Dodge, early 90’s. Converted it to biodiesel. My CR-V is on the fritz, I’d overhaul the engine but I have rust issue throughout – lots of salt on the city roads in MO.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I’m looking at possibly getting a small Toyota truck.I SUVs aren’t SUVs anymore, they all ride so low. I need something to get around on my parent’s property.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: BTW, I’ve owned only Hondas my whole life, so that’s a big step for me
IamDarren: Toyota’s are good trucks, sorry my internet decided to quit for a min.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I saw that.
IamDarren: My cigar is just passing the halfway point and its trying to go out on me… wtf
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I must be puffing faster b/c I just entered the final third and mine is burning like a beast.
IamDarren: can’t let this one sit for any amount of time i guess
IamDarren: im into the last third. Getting a little bitterness now and some char. Still a decent amount of sweetness though. Also a little pepper creeping in.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My cigar is very full bodied right now, the pepper flavor is giving me the hiccups. I love it, and am becoming more of a fan of La Aurora.
IamDarren: whats the retail on this one?
IamDarren: Im still in love with those Asylums. And i got some more of those Core Daggers. Love those too, especially with a little aging.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Retail is about $8 per robusto, but if you’re savvy (use the internet) you can get them for around $3 or $4 each.
IamDarren: Perdomo just released a new Exhibicion line that looks interesting
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very interested in the Exhibicion, I read about that the other day. Perdomo has some of the finest value smokes on the market IMO. I’ve never had a bad one!
IamDarren: also picked up a new Super Premium to send ya. And yes… its made by AJ
StraightUpCigars – Matt: OOOOH! I don’t know what it is. I don’t like spoilers, don’t tell me!
IamDarren: i think my cigar is about finished. The burn is getting lopsided and i had to relight.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I guess my last post didn’t take. Here’s my review:
IamDarren: Flavor wasn’t super complex but definitely a good mix. Only had issues in the last third.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Agree. I think the 107 is one of my favorie La Auroras. It delivers a lot of flavor, but lacks in flavor transitions. Good value cigar.
IamDarren: funny that we brought up Perdomo because i see a lot of similarities. Would make a good Go-To smoke.