Cigar Review: La Aurora 107 Salomon
La Aurora 107 Salomon
Size: Salomon (7 1/4″ x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Price: $ 12 MSRP
As I’m sure many of you have figured out by now, I stop by Smoke Inn West Palm Beach, my “regular” local shop often (my wife would say too often)! One of the reasons I do that is I really like to see when new releases, intriguing, rare, or limited releases come in. Luckily on a recent “check in” I walked in to find the boys unpacking a new shipment from Miami Cigar Company. Now, that in itself wouldn’t typically cause much fanfare for me, but this was different. To my surprise a shipment of the La Aurora Puro Vintage 107 was being unpacked.
A few side notes here 1) I’m not usually a La Aurora smoker, but I do like their cigars, especially the 107, enough to consider them a good alternative when I want to step outside my usual profile. 2) I loved the Puro Vintage 2003. 3) I love a good Salomon, especially when I have the time and when with other friends who love the leaf and 4.) when I expect a cigar to be good, and it’s a limited release, at a good price, I’ll grab a box.
So with that in mind I walked out of the shop with a box ( 8 sticks ) and eagerly lit my first one up this past weekend after just a few days of rest time.
Pre-Light: (1.9) The Puro Vintage 107 is an absolutely beautiful specimen. The reddish-brown hued Ecuadorian wrapper was spotless with just a few veins. It had a bit of an oily sheen to it. The scent off the foot was predominantly hay, cedar, aged tobacco, and just a hint of a lemony citrus like zing. The pre light draw offered up a very nice semi-sweet and earthy tobacco taste.
Burn: (1.9) Construction on the Puro Vintage 107 is noteworthy. The burn was crisp and even though out the smoke. Draw was open without being loose. I smoked the Puro Vintage 107 rather slowly and with some distraction and I didn’t have to retouch the cigar with flame until I was well into the last third. What was interesting was that despite the size, and obvious volume of tobacco used in the Salomon, it was not pumping out tremendous amounts of resting smoke
Flavor: (2.5) The first few puffs are very good with number of rich flavors coming through. I get notes of cedar, oak, cocoa, a hint of that citrus zing, and just a bit of pepper on the finish. The profile of the first third remains creamy and and the above flavors are rich and defined.
The second third is more rich tobacco with oak and cedar notes and a slight pepper on the finish. I get a few notes of red wine but they are fleeting. Smoking through the second third the smoke remains layered with texture and complex flavor. Through the first two-thirds, body is a solid medium.
Opening up the last third and I get a single note of floral to start the final third. Sadly, the floral note was the peak of the final third. The flavors of oak, leather, and pepper in the last third lacked the definition and richness that they had for the first two-thirds of the 107 Puro Vintage. As I put the last bit down I made a note that the 107 Puro Vintage never got beyond the medium strength range. I spent just under two and half hours smoking the La Aurora 107 Puro Vintage
Overall: (2.6) The La Aurora 107 Puro Vintage is an absolutely stunning cigar to behold. The construction is outstanding, and the flavors at first are quite good. I spent a good amount of time on the Puro 107 as I wanted to savor each flavor and nuance. Through the first third I was handsomely rewarded. Through most of the second third it was quite good too, but it seemed to downshift a small bit. Smoking through the last third I thought the La Aurora Puro Vintage lost some of the definition and refinement of flavor.
I’m glad I grabbed a box of these. To me this is a very good cigar, that may have a potential for great after some additional rest. The La Aurora 107 Puro Vintage is a cigar I will pull out while amongst friends and to share on special occasions……