Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos “Diamond”

Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos “Diamond”

La Aurora Preferidos “Diamond”

Size: Preferidos No.2 ( 5″ x 54)

Wrapper: Connecticut BroadLeaf

Binder:  Dominican Maduro

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price:  $20

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Grade: 9.2

Unveiled last summer at IPCPR and released in October, The Preferidos “Diamond” is an extension of the La Aurora Preferidos line.  The Preferidos line features five other versions which are distinguished by the color of their decorative tubo packaging as well as their distinctive wrapper:

Emerald- Ecuadorian Sumatra
Sapphire- Connecticut
Ruby–Brazilian Sun Grown

Enough about that, let’s toast the foot!

Pre-Light:  (1.9)  While there is no extra credit given for great looking packaging, if there was, the Diamond would get the bonus.  The black tubo just gives off the appearance of something special.

As I remove the Diamond from the protective tubo and pass it to under my nose there is a distinct, pungent, tobacco aroma from the Diamond.  The Broadleaf wrapper is dark, very dark, and features a good bit of mottling.  The wrapper is toothy, almost grainy to the touch, with prefect tight seams.

The scent off the foot is that of barnyard, hay, and dry cocoa.  As I cut the tip and take a pre-light draw I am welcomed to a wonderful aged tobacco flavor.

Burn: (1.8)   The Diamond is a fantastic example of quality craftsmanship.  The white ash holds past the inch mark.  There is a slight flakiness to the ash upon inspection, but it’s not like pieces of ash are falling from the Diamond.  Smoke pours off the Diamond, even while resting.  There is a slight waviness to the burn, but as

Flavor:  (2.7)    With the first light there is a smooth, dry cocoa, which is joined by a little pepper in the retrohale.  While I detect the pepper in the retrohale, it is fairly absent on the front of the palate during the first few puffs.  As the Diamond opens up I am getting a very smooth, mildly sweet, dry cocoa as the most noteworthy of the notes.   A little more pepper emerges past the first inch.

At the half way mark the pepper has moved into an equal footing with the dry bakers cocoa and an emerging gentle cedar.  The Diamond, while a new cigar, really has a very aged taste and distinctive flavor to it. The flavor is almost delicate to the palate. As I progress through the second third, the cocoa is becoming more pronounced on the finish.  Strength is at a medium.  Smoke output is noteworthy.  Body is medium.

Flavors deepen as the diamond burns into the final third.  The cedar reemerges as a strong note in the last inch and a half with slight hints of cocoa mixing into the cedar.  The last third the Diamond really shines the depth of flavors deepens through to the nub.

Overall: (2.8)   The La Aurora Preferidos Diamond is a top shelf offering with a top shelf price sticker of about $20. When I consider price while buying cigars, I ask myself, do I feel like a had an experience commensurate with the price?  With the Diamond the answer is a resounding YES!

The Diamond has a very distinct and refined characteristic to it that really  allows the Broadleaf wrapper to shine though but still offer some delicate notes of oak and cedar that I associate with well aged tobacco.  While I wouldn’t smoke one regularly, (strictly due to the cost being prohibitive), the Diamond  is a fantastic cigar for celebrating an occasion or sharing amongst close friends.  Presentation, construction, taste, and experience are all top notch.

Total: 9.2