Every year the cigar industry gets together at the annual PCA trade show. This year in Las Vegas, manufacturers were showing off new releases that would grace the shelves of tobacconists around the world. This year ADVentura showed off a few new releases including La Llorona which the buyer for 2GuysCigars.com, Ed Santamaria called one of the best cigars he smoked for the first time at the show. He came back raving about it.
La Llorona is a tale from Latin folklore. She is a vengeful ghost that roams the seas mourning her dead loved ones, which she herself killed. She appears when least expected and shows mercy to no one. La Llorona is available in one size and is an exclusive line created for Elite Accounts; a program created by ADVentura to show gratitude with exclusivity for those that support them most.
Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic (including Medio Tiempo)
Ring Gauge: 52
The Look: Packaged in 10 count boxes, the cigar features a truly unique band that is two bands. Without disclosing the surprise, removing one band changes the artwork tying into the name of the cigar. As for the La Llorona itself, the San Andres wrapper is is oily with minimal veins. It’s well packed with no void of tobacco with an average weight. Returning to the band, this might be the best band I have ever seen adorn a cigar.
The Notes: With the cap clipped, the cold draw serves up notes of peanuts and a smokey nuance. The aroma from the foot of the cigar mimics the smokey component along with a touch of manure. After toasting my cigar with the new Vertigo Sickle Sickle from Vertigo lighters, the initial component is chocolate chips from a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
As we smoke through the first third notes of chocolate continue with smokey nuances and a touch of leather. The La Llorona starts off as a medium-full bodied smoke has a wonderful balance to it. There is a a nice touch of sweet and bitter components making it mouth watering good. The retrohale serves up a meaty component with hints of cracked peppercorn.
The second third sees a sweetness develop with strong espresso notes. Around the halfway point the sweetness becomes a well defined caramel that compliments the espresso. The retrohale sees the addition of nuts and added caramel sweetness with just a hind of black pepper while the finish is long and leathery.
In the last third the cigar transforms into a full bodied powerhouse with notes of black peppercorn, leather and and dark toast. The finish is long and leathery with a retrohale that still imparts a subtle sweetness to it and more dark toast notes.
The Finish: Instant classic is the words I would use to define this cigar. It’s very Dominican with a typical profile for a Dominican cigar but it also feels fresh and new if that makes sense. This could be because it has been a long time since I came across a cigar that takes me back to the days I first began cigar smoking. Smooth, balanced and offers a great aroma, three important things to a great blend. ADVentura is definitely a cigar brand to go down the rabbit hole with.
Price: $16.19 / $144.99