This week my former colleague from Miami Cigar & Company, Cody McKeon who is the new sales representative for the company in New England stopped by The Cigar Authority. Also here was one of my closest and dearest friends Hector Paz who serves as the Director of Sales. We hung out, laughed, and went to dinner in the evening. While here he dropped off some samples for us, including today’s cigar which won an award for Dominican Cigar of the Year.
Cigar: Untamed by La Aurora
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Strength: Medium – Full
Source: Miami Cigar & Company
The Look: There are two things that stand out about the Untamed and the first is the more ferocious looking lion utilized on the artwork, and two is the box which looks distressed compared to the boxes used by La Aurora. As far as the cigar, the red and black band has a gold color tiger with claw marks as the primary band while the second band denotes Untamed with claw marks in the same color scheme. The wrapper of the cigar is dark and evenly colored that looks produced rather than natural. In the hand the wrapper is gritty and toothy with no soft spots and a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Untamed by La Aurora is incredibly rich and sweet with notes of german chocolate and molasses. I’ll be honest I enjoyed the cold draw for a few minutes before I took in the aroma off the foot which was molasses.
On the initial light there is some spice through the nose and the primary note is that of leather. Totally the opposite of the prelight experience. As we move keeping into Untamed some notes of roasted nuts and coffee begin to develop on a cigar that is full strength.
In the second third the leather notes remain constant, but a steak note is introduced that is cooked the way our friend Mike over at CigarEvents.com likes them, well-done. The second third also sees the strength of the cigar kick back a notch toward the medium range.
The last third of the cigar continues down the road of the last two-thirds with notes of nuts, coffee, and leather on the short finish that doesn’t linger around like an unwanted friend.
The Burn: The Untamed by La Aurora burned extremely well with a razor-thin burn line. The cigar had absolutely no burn issues and a firm medium color ash that held on very well. The draw was exceptional for La Aurora which over the last few years seem to burn loose. This wasn’t the case with the well packed Untamed. From first light to last puff the cigar remained lit and burned even.
The Finish: The story around the Untamed is that this cigar is supposed to be different than anything made by La Aurora in the past. I can honestly say I wouldn’t guess it to be from La Aurora although there was some similarities to the 107 Maduro. The cigar is full-bodied for La Aurora though I wouldn’t call it a total powerhouse. The notes and complexity of the cigar were enjoyable and I would smoke this again.