Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we provide an assessment the La Aurora 107 Maduro in the “Bowtie” size. This was a cigar we assessed in the Robusto size back in May, 2013.
Late in 2013, Miami Cigar and Company released a series of regional releases selected by the local sales representative for that region. The La Aurora 107 Maduro Bowtie was selected by Austin Baker who handles the Southeast territory for Miami Cigar. The Bowtie is a 7 x 40 lancero frontmark, which is a favorite size of Baker’s. The name comes from Baker’s fondness of bowties. The cigar was found at brick and mortar retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.
The Bowtie joins other regional releases including: the La Aurora 107 Fraternindad heading to the Texarkana region; the La Aurora Preferidos Diamond Chicho’s Choice – a parejo shaped version of the Preferidos Diamond released to six eastern U.S. states, and the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Exclusivo Regional released to the midwest U.S..
The Bowtie, like the robusto falls into the medium to full strength, full-bodied range – however in the case with the Bowites it still had a touch more strength and body. As I anticipated, I found the flavors of the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper to weigh in on this blend. The flavor profile delivered notes of mocha, earth, citrus, and pepper in various degrees. I found the mocha notes to have more of an syrupy flavor with the Bowtie as opposed to the cocoa powder notes I got on the robusto. Toward the end, I definitely felt the strength and body of this cigar. The burn and draw were excellent.
While the Bowtie scored a point lower than the Robusto, we changed our scoring for 2014. Overall I found the lancero format to really shine with this particular blend and I still preferred the lancero to the robusto.
Strength: Medium to Full
Assessment: 3.0 – The Fiver
Original Review: La Aurora 107 Maduro (Robusto)
News: La Aurora 107 Maduro Lancero (Bowtie)
Source: Sample Provided by Manufacturer (*)
Stogie Geeks Podcast: Episode 61 – “Jaw Wrenching”, Episode 72 – “Coop Does Dallas”
Stogie Feed: La Aurora 107 Maduro Robusto (Ep 61), La Aurora 107 Maduro Robusto (Ep 72)
* The cigars for this assessment was given to Cigar Coop by Miami Cigar and Company. Cigar Coop is appreciative for the sample, but this does not influence the review.