Cigar Review: La Aurora Untamed Belicoso

Cigar Review: La Aurora Untamed Belicoso

La Aurora Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/4” x 52
Strength: full
Price: $9.00 MSRP

Overall: Rating: 8.9

At 112 years old, La Aurora is the oldest continually operating cigar company, and in recent times the cigars (and their look) have all remained fairly consistent. Their quality and consistency is among the best in the business. Yet, the company has been somewhat forgotten amongst the newer full bodied offerings from other companies. So, they have decided to propel themselves into a new era with the release of a full bodied cigar of their own more in line with the tastes of modern cigar smokers. The Untamed is a departure in both appearance and strength, but still retains much the quality of past La Aurora releases.

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Pre-Light: The Untamed features a red and black band with a giant gold lion head on it. There is a secondary foot band with claw marks and the name “Untamed” in gold. The band is a radical departure from the more traditional La Aurora lion band, and I haven’t made up my mind on if I like it or not. The La Aurora Untamed has a dark earthen brown wrapper. There are some prominent veins and very noticeable seams.

Off the wrapper there are aromas of earth and fresh cut lumber. There is cocoa, chocolate and a hint of cherries to the unlit foot of the cigar. The cold draw lets through dulled cocoa and a bit of saltines.

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Burn: The draw on the Untamed is smooth and easy and lets through a good deal of peppery smoke. There is a very even burn on the Untamed that never needs any correcting.

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Flavor: The Untamed unleashes its flavors fast and furious upon being lit. Pepper, earth and meatiness start off the first third of the cigar. On the retrohale the pepper assaults the senses in a strong but pleasing fashion. Just behind the pepper and earth are secondary flavors of pine nuts and very subtle chocolate. The interplay between the earth, pepper, nuts during this portion of the cigar is fantastic. The second third still has a mix of earth, peanuts, and pine nuts, but there is a much fuller mix of earth and meatiness. As the cigar transitions into the final third the meatiness picks up. There’s a pleasing salt and pepper note that occurs in the final third of the Untamed that lasts through to the end of the cigar.

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Overall: If La Aurora was trying to prove the company should produce a fuller bodied cigar while not sacrificing the consistency and flavor that La Aurora has become known for in the last 112 years, then they have certainly succeeded. Earthy, nutty and peppery (all at the same time) with subtler chocolate notes, the Untamed is a flavorful cigar. The La Aurora Preferidos Ruby and Diamond Tubos are among of my all time favorite cigars, so I would be disappointed with nothing less than the best from them, and the Untamed does not disappoint. (See our La Aurora Preferidos Diamond review here.)Personally, I will be revisiting the Untamed on a somewhat regular basis. I’m interested to see what new direction this new untamed lion will lead La Aurora in the future.

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Pairing: The Untamed pairs very well with a cup of cappuccino or espresso. For those looking for something a bit stronger, an Amber Ale will also compliment the cigar nicely. I’ve found that a Kentucky Bourbon or Dominican sipping rum pairs very well with the La Aurora Untamed, as the sweetness brings out a new dimension to the flavor profile.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)