La Aurora Escogidos Maduro – Cigar Review

This week’s group cigar review is of the La Aurora Escogidos Maduro.  Escodidos means “the chosen one”, so we’ll see if it holds true to the name.  The Brazilian maduro wrapper is fairly veiny and has a barnyard smell to it.  After cutting it, the draw is fairly loose.  After lighting it up, the flavors are toasty and nutty with a ton of pepper and spice.  A little later in the cigar, the overwhelming pepper backed off and a creamy sweetness made its way in.  This cigar produced a lot of smoke and neither of our sticks had construction problems.  Overall, we loved the flavor and how it transition from peppery to sweet.  It is definitely worth picking up a few, especially  since these are fairly cheap cigars.
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 46/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 47/50

7:33 PM
Terry1: Sure, how about the La Aurora Escogidos? A Brazillian maduro sounds good tonight.
7:34 PM
StraightUpCigars: All right, I’ll grab that, take pics, and heead outside.
7:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: I grabbed the Escogidos. It has a fairly veiny maduro wrapper with a barnyard smell.
7:44 PM
Terry1: 30 in the mancave tonight. Got both heater cranked up. We’ll see if the insulation I installed this summer was worth it.
7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s cold. We’re a more mild 45 degrees here. I like the draw after a shallow cut, just a little resistance.
7:47 PM
Terry1: Snipped the end of mine. The draw is a little loose and I get a faint barnyard note. Overall the Escogidos looks like a well made cigar. I’m ready to light up.
7:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: Me too, lighting.
7:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: I am tasting a toasty and nutty main flavor with a whole lot of pepper and spice. The flavor really lingers on this one.
7:53 PM
Terry1: Loads of smoke. Flavors are about the same for me. Toasty, almost to the point of charred. Very spicey through the sinus. This may be one I don’t retrohale too often. Burn looks good. Good start.
7:54 PM
StraightUpCigars: I agree, I won’t be retrohaling much either. This is one of those that’s spicy enough to give me hiccups if I’m not careful.
8:01 PM
StraightUpCigars: I do believe mine is mellowing out a bit, b/c I’m getting some sweetness now and less pepper. Still has the spice though.’
8:04 PM
Terry1: The toasty flavor has faded some. It’s getting a bit more creamy. I tried retrohaling a couple more times and that pepper still stings. Maybe it’ll fade in a few more minutes. There is a sweetness that is coming into play. I’m liking the direction it’s going.
8:06 PM
Terry1: I’m getting that nuttiness you mentioned earlier.
8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s good, I’m liking it right now. Lots of smoke, like you said earlier.
8:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: How’s the insulation holding up?
8:10 PM
Terry1: The Escogidos seems to be smoking fast or it’s an optical illusion because of the two bands. Took off the Maduro band without a problem.
8:11 PM
Terry1: Insullation seems to have helped. It’s 43 degrees in here now. It’s warmed up faster than what I remember last winter.
8:12 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s not bad, we’re pretty much at the same temp now. Moree cold is heading our way, supposed to get a bunch of snow
8:14 PM
Terry1: That’s what came in today here. Dropped the temps 30 degrees from yesterday. We were 55 yesterday, 25 today. And it’s going to last more than a week. Welcome to winter!
8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: Wow. How much snow did you get?
8:15 PM
Terry1: Just a coule of inches so far but it rained before snowing so we have ice everywhere. Lots of accidents on the roads today.
8:17 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nothing worse than ice. Especially on the first storm of the year, people forget how to drive on it.
8:18 PM
Terry1: Pepper has backed way off. Much more pleasant to smoke. I was a little concerned with how this one started, if was going to be able to smoke the whole cigar. There’s a nice balance of sweetness, nuttiness and spice. Good flavors so far. Burn and draw has been about perfect.
8:20 PM
StraightUpCigars: Well said. I have had a perfect burn as well. This is a very tasty cigar right now.
8:23 PM
Terry1: I just looked these up on Famous. I didn’t realize this was priced at just over $2 bucks a stick. Good value smoke. I’ll have to order some more.
8:24 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, these are extremely cheap cigars, but don’
8:25 PM
StraightUpCigars: t smoke like they are.
8:26 PM
Terry1: Made it to the main band. Came off without any problems. Flavors remaining consistent.
8:28 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m almost there too, just had a big burst of sweetness. Hopefully there’s more of that to come.
8:33 PM
StraightUpCigars: Just lost an ash in my lap, but the cigar is still very sweet so I’m still smiling.
8:38 PM
Terry1: The pepper on mine is getting stronger as I near the end. Leaves my mouth tingling. The smoke still has a creamy sweetness quality to it. I’m enjoying the transitions this cigar has made. Strength has finally crawled into the medium range for me.
8:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think my pepper and spice have increased too, but for me it’s offset by the sweetness, unlike the beginning of this cigar. I am digging it, unfortunately I don’t have too much left.
8:41 PM
Terry1: That’s what I was thinking. I’m nursing the nub for a few more puffs.
8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: While we finish it off, let’s go ahead and rate it so we can get out of the cold sooner
8:47 PM
Terry1: I’m done. Got too short to hold. Ready to rate when you are.
8:49 PM
StraightUpCigars: Good cigar, fantastic price. I definitely recommend it, and could see it being a part of the rotation.
8:51 PM
Terry1: Too bad Darren missed out. The Escogidos really delivered. Thanks for picking this one out. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.



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