This Week’s Cigars: CAO, La Aurora – Friday Feb 26, 2010

More snow this week in PA, so my cigar consumption had been fairly light.  I started out with a CAO Gold robusto which had a good draw, a nice amount of smoke, but really didn’t have a flavor I’m overly fond of.  It was sort of grassy, and didn’t really hit the spot for me.  I enjoy a great many of the CAO lines, I’m hoping this one was an anomaly.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently received a bunch of various CAO cigars as a gift from my wife, and I have a few various singles floating around.

The next cigar I had was a La Aurora Barrel aged robusto, which I got at the 2008 IPCPR tradeshow, so it was at least a year and a half old.  This looked like it should be a tasty cigar, it had a very dark and rustic wrapper that just wouldn’t burn.  I tried relighting it over and over to no avail.   It had some nice flavors on the odd occasion that I got some flavor, it refused to give me enough smoke to make a good judgment. I was very disappointed with this as I had high hopes for it.

I have a soft spot for the La Aurora brand for personal reasons but have been let down frequently.  As a matter of fact, the first box of cigars I ever purchased was a box of La Aurora Bristol Especiales back in 1996 for around $35.  While the cigars tasted good, they had very fragile Cameroon wrappers and exploded more times than not.

In that spirit, tonight’s cigar was a LA Aurora 1495 Corona, again from the 2008 IPCPR show.  The 1495 was an even burning, medium bodied, tasty treat.  At 5.2″ x 42, it gave me a very pleasant 45 minutes of cigar happiness.  I still have a couple assorted La Auroras in the humidor, including an old Bristol Especiale, and one of the beautiful Perferidos.  I’ll likely smoke them sometime in the coming months.

That’s it for now, have a great weekend!



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