What a crazy week its been here at The Cigar Authority as we suffered a disk failure late on Sunday that put down all the websites across the United Podcast Network. Late on Tuesday we got the sites up and running, but with limited admin access meaning we couldn’t do anything to update our websites. Then last night a new disk was added and all was right in the world again. It was a harrowing few days and I pretty much smoked one cigar exclusively over the 72+ hours of hell. That cigar happens to be today’s review.
On a side note, the band of the cigar refers to the cigar as ADN Dominicano, which translates to Dominican DNA and as a result Miami Cigar & Company who distributes this cigar refers to it as DNA.
Cigar Review: La Aurora DNA
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Cibao Valley)
Binder: Cameroon (Authentic from Africa)
Filler: Dominican Republic, USA (Pennsylvania), Nicaragua and Andullo
Ring Gauge: 54
The Look: The La Aurora DNA comes in a bright and colorful box utilize the colors of the Dominican Republic Flag. The cigars feature an oily wrapper with a few thin veins and the leaf from the Cibao Valley is mahogany in color. The band is awesome, as the die cut it different then the standard. It features a waving Dominican flag in the background with the La Aurora logo in the front and the words ADN Dominicana. In the hand the cigar is firm with a nicely packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the La Aurora DNA has a very distrinct cold draw due to the use of Andullo tobacco. It’s remeniscent of a caraway seed with a touch of tangerine citrus. The foot of the cigar has a maple like sweetness to it with a touch of plum.
Once the cigar is toasted and lit, the first note has a citrus like quality to it, that borders on tangerine. As the first third continues there are notes of cloves, bakers chocolate (bitter) and milk chocolate (sweet). The finish of the cigar is somewhat long with a touch of hay and nuttiness.
Moving into the second third of the La Aurora Dominican DNA some hints of cinnamon begin to develop while the citrus remains as an afterthought. There is some subtle red pepper in the mix with a but of hay and leather. On the retrohale the cinnamon notes really shine with some floral qualities as well. It’s remarkably smooth and our own Mr. Jonathan should be able to handle this one.
The last third of the La Aurora DNA sees as espresso note develop that is reminiscent of the creamy foam that sits on top of the black coffee. The finish of the cigar has a roasted nuttiness that lingers fairly long. It’s safe to say the finish in the last third continues to grow in terms of duration that sees some chocolate on the backend.
The Finish: I’ve seen people refer to this as a medium strength cigar, but it is full. While it may start medium, the strength creeps up on you and by the time the cigar finishes you feel like you went the distance. It’s also full flavor with a lot of complexity to it with a bunch of subtle nuances that each time I smoked it, which is about 6 so far I picked up something new. I think its safe to say La Aurora is once again a major player in the premium cigar world with back to back releases that are worthy of a spot in the humidor. On a side note, if you want to learn more about the Andullo process there is a video at 2GuysCigars.com.
Price: $8.39 / $147.99