Eventually the cigars were no longer available, and La Aurora announced that they would be launching the line once again in the Preferidos vitola. The La Aurora 100 Años Preferido would be limited to roughly 12,500 cigars, and would be released in early 2009. The Preferidos vitola, is one of the most unique vitolas on the market, and it often goes hand in hand with a cigar by La Aurora. Later in that year, La Aurora announced that they would be extending the release beyond the Preferidos vitola, and the cigar was going to be launched in the Lancero vitola, also very limited, roughly 20,000 cigars. The cigars would be of a slightly different blend than the original releases, but would still be Dominican puros. They still blended the cigars similarly, but the tobacco was of different vintages, so there were some differences. Either way, the the band is still the same on the cigar, except for the extra band representing what cigar number you are smoking, and I love the La Aurora Lion with that beautiful sunset behind it.
The preferido is beautiful in hand, and it is hard not to be impressed with a cigar that is rolled in this fashion. The cigar measures 6" in length, and at the center of the cigar the ring gauge is a 58. Obviously it decreases in any direction from that, but at the largest point the ring gauge is fairly large. The cigar is similar to the original line in the sense that it is a Dominican puro, but it is not identical in the sense that the tobacco is the same. The filler and binder are still all Dominican tobacco, and the wrapper is Dominican Corojo, but the tobacco comes from different vintages. The cigar is firm in hand, and has a nice toothy appearance to it. There are very few veins present in the wrapper, and it has a coloring that is a combination of red clay and sand. It is most definitely a Colorado wrapper in terms of the coloring, and once I cut the cigar there is a nice cold draw to it. The aroma of the cigar is that of hay, wood, leather, sweet earth, floral and spice notes.
|Dominican Corojo Wrapper|
As I find the cigar getting smaller and smaller, I am beginning to pick up those dominant wrapper flavors again. The rich and sweet notes have subsided, and there is a resurrection of hay and floral notes. The wood and leather notes are still very strong, and so are the spice notes. The cigar is definitely full bodied in this final third, and I am loving the finish that this cigar is giving off. The ash had fallen shortly after the halfway point of the cigar, but the final third ash is still on the cigar, and the burn line is razor sharp. As I smoke the cigar down to the tapered head the draw is still pleasant and cool, and I put the cigar down when there is very little for me to smoke and I am burning my fingers.
This was a terrific cigar, and I wouldn’t expect anything other than that when you give the cigar the name 100 Años. I really loved the flavors in each third of the cigar, and it was great to see the preferido flavor change profile with this cigar. The blend is different from the original line, but it still captures those great Dominican flavors profiles, and the great Dominican Corojo flavor profile. I wouldn't say this cigar is better than the Belicoso vitola in the original line, but I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar. Why I have not picked up more of these since they were released in 2009 I do not know, but the time is upon me and I am definitely going to act. The cigar will perform consistently from cigar to cigar, and you will have no troubles in terms of construction. The flavor profile will definitely captivate more towards certain smokers, but I absolutely loved it. I give this cigar a 95, and it is probably tied for current favorite cigar. Job well done La Aurora, and Happy 109th birthday!
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