|Fernando León Family Reserve|
The cigar is going to be available in five vitolas, and one of them being the same vitola that was made specifically for Fernando. The cigar features predominantly Dominican tobacco, but like most La Aurora smokes, takes incredible tobacco from regions throughout the world as well. We begin with a Dominican Corojo wrapper, and we have seen La Aurora do wonders with this wrapper on such cigars as the Cien Años. Under that is a Dominican binder that is also Corojo, and fillers from the Dominican Brazil and Peru. I am a big fan of Peruvian tobacco, and I really began to show a lot of interest when the form blogger Barry Stein discussed it. Barry by the way is now with Miami Cigar & Company who handles distribution for La Aurora. The wrapper has a true rustic feel to it, and has a great Colorado coloring. At the foot of the cigar I am getting a nice aroma of cedar, hay, grass, lemon peel, sweet spices and it has this comforting aroma to it. There are some minor veins present on the cigar, and it is also slightly oily to touch. For this review I went with the Corona Gorda vitola, and the cigar measures 6"with a 47 ring gauge.
In the second third of the cigar the flavors have toned down some, and that spicy flavor profile from the beginning has toned down a bit. I am getting a stronger presence in cedar notes, and there is this lovely seasoned wood and dry earth flavor. I am still picking up some lemongrass notes, and with that those lemon peel, grass and hay flavors. Continuing with the great smoking characteristics from the first third, the second third still showed a lovely charcoal colored ash on the cigar, and it still produced a great amount of smoke. Each draw was very cool, and with that a lovely flavor profile. You can really pick up the Peruvian and Dominican Corojo tobacco flavor with the cigar, and it is a lovely blend. I am still saying that the cigar is between medium and medium full in body, and it is a cigar that has a strength presence, but it showing more flavors.
|Lovely ash and burn line|
This cigar really captured those great La Aurora Dominican flavors, and it also had this great Cubanesque quality to it. I loved that it had this dry, spicy and warm flavor profile to it, and it left this old school cigar impression with me. It almost seemed like a blend between a Cuban Cohiba and Bolivar in my opinion, and that might be one of the reasons why I really loved it. The cigar definitely pays a wonderful tribute to Fernando León, and I believe this cigar will do well in the US market, and incredibly well if it were to hit the European market. In terms of construction the cigar was top notch, and the flavors were always in abundance as well. This was a great example of La Aurora sticking to its roots, but at the same time releasing a cigar for today's smokers. I give this cigar a 92, and with the Guillermo León Signature Series, I found the two La Aurora smokes I will enjoy often.