Category Archives: Dominican

La Aurora 1495 Series Robusto

A while back I smoked one of La Aurora cigars, the Maduro Robusto from the La Aurora “basic” line. Although I was a bit disappointed the cigar still had something that tickled my taste buds and I mentioned back then that I would be looking to try more of the cigars from this brand. As often happens, that sort of slipped my mind, until a few days ago Cigar Inspector posted his as always interesting review of the Series 1495 Robusto from La Aurora. Guess what:  I had exactly the same cigar in my humidor, I had wanted to try it for a while and I had completely forgotten about it! So thanks to Cigar Inspector for acting as inspiration for this review.

The 1495 series certainly isn’t a new release: it was created in 2005 by Jose’ Blanco, the sales director of La Aurora and celebrates the year when the town of Santiago de los Caballeros was founded , in the heart of Dominican Republic’s foremost cigar region El Cibao, by Cristoforo Colombo (Cristopher Columbus for you non-Italian speakers out there). There is an interesting interview with Blanco on Cigar Aficionado which describes how this cigar came to be and the idea behind it. I am certainly intrigued to read that this has some Peruvian ligero in its filler, which is new to me. Continue reading


5 Vegas Classic Fifty-five

A few months ago I was the stereotype European cigar smoker, taking only Cuban puros into serious consideration but at the same time pretty ignorant about all the amokes from other Central American countries. It all changed when I met a fellow Italo-American cigar lover who probably prefers to remain nameless (you know who you are Mr.) who gave me a chance to try many non-Cuban smokes, overcome the stereotypes and learn a lot in the process. Over the Autumn I received a few smokes from this real BOTL, so much so that some of the smokes landed on the bottom of my humidors and were more or less forgotten: a couple of days back I was rummaging through one of my humidors and found this 5 Vegas (Cinco Vegas) Classic 55  which I had completely forgotten. Definitely time to give it a go. Continue reading

La Aurora Maduro Robusto

La Aurora is the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, going back to 1903. Probably best known today for its Preferidos range, made with barrel aged selected tobacco by its best torcedores, it actually produces a number of different lines. (The well-made company web-site is well worth a visit for more information).

I got a couple of La Aurora cigars with a Dominican sampler and this is the first one I tried, being unable to resist the temptation of another maduro stick. Continue reading