This week’s group cigar review is of the La Aurora 107 Maduro in lancero size. This cigar has a good looking dark wrapper and a fairly lumpy construction. Good draw after cutting. Once lit up, this cigar provided plenty of sweet creamy and cedar flavor with some pepper as well. We did have a couple of construction issues that can probably be attributed to the lancero vitola. Overall, we really liked the flavor of the second third and think this one is worth a try. There are some good deals on these online, keep an eye out.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: Wow, this 107 Maduro Lancero has about the sweetest smelling chocolate wrapper I can remember. It’s got a really lumpy contsruction, I curious how it will smoke.
Terry1: Yeah dark lumpy wrapper with a nice barnyard smell to it. Clipped the cap and I have a perfect draw. I’m always amazed when I get good construction from a lancero. Looks really hard to roll.
Terry1: Lighting up.
StraightUpCigars: Me too.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, how on earth would you roll this thing, you’d need two people to do it right!
StraightUpCigars: I’m surprised to be getting medium/full body out of this right now. It’s a rich molasses like flavor that is dominating right now.
Terry1: Wow that Connecticut Broadleaf really comes through. I’m getting earth, some sweetness and some pepper. Lots of flavor in the first few puffs.\
StraightUpCigars: I’m not getting that pepper yet, I think that would play well with the flavor I’m getting if it comes through later.
Terry1: That’s interesting because that’s about all I’m getting now. I’m only a half inch into the cigar. It stings my nose just to breath the smoke without retrohaling.
StraightUpCigars: Strange. It seems our cigars are very different right from the start. Could also be a taste bud thing, I spent last week and this weekend with a cold.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s a little harder to draw right now than it was when I started. I’m always worried about the draw on lanceros.
Terry1: The pepper has calmed down a little. Still there but it’s not hitting me quite as hard. Getting more of a sweetness and the earth. I always get lots of earthy notes from Connie Broadleaf.
Terry1: Mine is drawing and burning fine.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s burning a little lopsided as well. A burn correction may solve my problems.
Terry1: I don’t see how you can roll this size without getting voids and twists. Must be their best rollers making these.
Terry1: Do you smoke many lanceros?
StraightUpCigars: I have smoked more in recent years than I used to, but not terribly often. You?
Terry1: I’m thinking the only other lancero I’ve smoked was the Nestor Miranda 70th. It’s not a size I’m attracted to. I prefer a toro or robusto. Boring I know.
Terry1: It’s definitely not built for long ashes. It’s falling off in half inch chunks.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, mine is too.
StraightUpCigars: I smoked a few of them this summer, they make a good grilling gar since they’re easy to hold in your mouth.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has really mellowed. I’ve got a mildly sweet creamy flavor with cedar and earth.
Terry1: Good point. I’m getting a lot more sweetness now. Pepper is now much better balanced. Still earthy on the finish and there’s a slight floral note coming through.
Terry1: I can’t believe you are not getting the pepper I’m getting.
StraightUpCigars: I am getting no pepper, zilch.
Terry1: I’m liking the cigar right now. I’m getting a decent balance of flavors. It has mellowed since the start.
StraightUpCigars: I am too. It must be my recovering palate b/c I’m not picking up on any subtle flavors.
StraightUpCigars: I am always surprised at how lanceros don’t last as long as you’d think. They are about the same smoke time as a robusto.
Terry1: I just hit a void. The wrapper has burned through about a half inch from the burn line. I’m going to leave it alone and see if it catches up or gets worse.
Terry1: Popped off the bands without any problems. That void almost burned through the small “maduro” band.
StraightUpCigars: I did that burn correction and it solved my burn issue. Has been perfect since. Draw is still a bit tighter than I’d prefer.
StraightUpCigars: I am getting some pepper and spice on the finish now. Also getting that thick molasses flavor again.
Terry1: Well I’m impressed. The burn corrected itself. I thought for sure I’d have to correct it. The draw has suddenly tightened up from what it was.
StraightUpCigars: I jynxed it.
Terry1: Boy that tight draw has really reduced the smoke. I’m hoping I burn through the problem and it opens up again. The pepper is almost gone now. I’m getting that molasses note you mentioned. Tastes good but I’m struggling with this draw.
Terry1: I’m starting to feel the nicotine too. Kind of surprised, wasn’t expecting it.
StraightUpCigars: I feel it too. Really surprising.
StraightUpCigars: I enjoy the rich molasses flavor, but the second third was my favorite.
Terry1: Clipped off more of the cap that seemed to help the draw. Now I’m hoping it doesn’t unravel.
Terry1: I agree. The middle had the best flavors.
StraightUpCigars: I probably should have tried that. I chalked it up to the vitola.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s all finished up. Definitely ended up with a buzz.
IamDarren: Hey guys, what are you smoking tonight? Sorry I missed it.
Terry1: Yeah I’m spinning. I’m done too. Ready to rate.
Terry1: Hi Darren! We smoked the La Aurora 107 maduro lancero.
Terry1: It had some good flavors but the lancero size caused a few construction issues.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, worth a smoke though.
StraightUpCigars: Overall, I had draw and burn issues, but it’s fairly priced and had a really good second third. Worth smoking.
IamDarren: yeah, those small ring guage sticks can be tricky. If the flavor was pretty good maybe a different vitola would be better.
StraightUpCigars: Probably. A good lancero is really a treat, though. Hit or miss, I guess.
Terry1: I’d recommend it. I’d like to try it in a different size next time.