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La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial

The La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 is a new limited edition cigar that was launched by La Aurora Cigars at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show. The cigar is an extension of the current La Aurora 107 brand and features an all new blend. The name “cosecha” translates to “harvest” and it is appropriate for this blend. This is because there are tobaccos from a 2006 vintage incorporated into the blend. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 in the Corona Gorda Especial blend. Overall this is not just an excellent cigar by La Aurora, but this is one that ranks as a truly epic smoking experience.

The La Aurora 107 line made its debut in 2010 with the sun-grown wrapped La Aurora 107. The “107” commemorates the 107th anniversary of the La Aurora SA factory. Three years later, the long awaited Connecticut Broadleaf offering was made available in the 107 line with the release of the La Aurora Maduro. The Cosecha is the first new blend released under the 107 line since 2013. As with all La Aurora Cigars, the Cosecha 2006 is distributed by Miami Cigar and Company in the U.S..

Without further ado, let’s break down the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial size and see what this cigar brings to the table.

Blend Profile

The La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 incorporates a four tobacco multi-national blend highlighted by an Ecuadorian Havana Vuelta Abajo (HVA) wrapper. As with all La Aurora Cigars, the Cosecha 2006 is made at the La Aurora factory in the Dominican Republic.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian HVA
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Dominican (Cibao Valley), Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (La Aurora SA)

Vitolas Available

There are three sizes in the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006. Each size is packaged in ten count boxes. Production has been limited to 1,000 boxes per size.

Robusto Especial: 5 x 54
Corona Gorda Especial: 6 x 47
Churchill Especial: 7 x 50

Appearance

The HVA wrapper of the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial has a medium brown color with a slight rosado tint to it. The surface of the wrapper was more on the silky side than oily. There were some thin visible veins and thin visible wrapper seams.

There are two bands to the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006. The primary one has a red, gold, orange, and white color scheme. The center of the band contains sketch of a lion. There are gold medallions surrounding it to the left and right. Above the lion it says “LA AURORA” in red font.  Below the lion it says “107” – also  in red font.

There is a secondary band partially under the primary band. This secondary band is red and gold. The text “COSECHA 2006” is in small gold font. Below the text is a gold pinstripe. There is also gold trim on the lower part of the band.

Preparation for the Cigar Experience

As I normally do, I went with my usual choice of a straight cut to remove the cap of the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial Once the cap was removed I moved on to the pre-light draw The cold draw delivered a mix wood and natural tobacco. There was also a slight amount of fruit and cream notes. Overall, I considered this to be an excellent pre-light experience. At this point, I was ready to light up my La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 and see what the smoking phase would have in store.

Flavor Profile

The start of the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial picked up where the pre-light draw left off. I detected more notes of cream, fruit, and wood. I also picked up a slight cedar component. The cream and fruit notes quickly went to the forefront. The wood, cedar, and natural tobacco settled in as secondary notes. Throughout the first third, I found the cream and fruit notes varied in intensity. Meanwhile the retro-hale delivered some additional cedar and fruit notes along the way.

During the second third, the creamy profile continued in the forefront. During this time an earthy note surfaced. Both the earth and fruit sweetness floated between the forefront and background. On the whole, the earthy notes were on the rise, while the fruit sweetness was diminishing. Further in the background the cedar, wood, and natural tobacco were all still present along with a touch of black pepper.

The last third of the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 saw the earth notes go primary. The fruit and cream were now grounded as secondary notes. There was also a slight increase in the pepper, but it still remained it too was secondary. Meanwhile the natural tobacco and cedar were in the more distant background. This is the way the cigar experience came to a close. The resulting nub was slightly soft to the touch and cool in temperature.

Burn and Draw

Overall the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial is a well-constructed cigar and it scores very well when it comes to burn and draw. The burn took a straight path from start to finish. There was a little bit of jaggedness on the burn line, but the burn was never in danger of meandering. The resulting ash was tight in firm and nearly white in color. The burn rate and burn temperature were ideal.

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Burn of the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial

The draw of the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial maintained the right amount of resistance. It was not too tight, nor too loose. This was a low maintenance cigar to derive flavors from.

Strength and Body

In terms of strength and body, I found the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial to be ideal for the flavors produced by the cigar. The strength level starts out in the medium range. By the start of the second half, the strength had a short spike and moved into medium to full territory. The body also started out medium and had a linear increase throughout the smoking experience. It moved to medium to full-bodied in the second third and full-bodied in the last third.

When it came to strength versus body, I gave a slight edge to the body throughout the smoking experience.

Final Thoughts

Over the years, La Aurora has established itself as one of the iconic factories in the world. This is a factory have produced many excellent cigars. There have also been times when it produces an epic cigar. In 2012, the La Aurora Cien Anos Edicion Especial proved to be one of the greatest cigars of all-time. I feel very comfortable saying the La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda Especial is in the epic category.

This is also a very different cigar than the original La Aurora 107. While that’s certainly a good cigar, the Cosecha 2006 is at a whole other level. I found the 6 x 47 format to be ideal for this cigar as well. The only disappointment is that given there is only so much of that 2006 vintage tobacco, this means the Cosecha 2006 is a limited run. It’s a cigar I’d recommend to anyone to seek out. While slightly fuller for the novice, I still would encourage the newbie to try. Overall this cigar gets the rare Oasis rating – a truly epic smoke.

Summary

Key Flavors: Cream, Fruit, Cedar, Natural Tobacco
Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: High
Strength: Medium (1st Half), Medium to Full (2nd Half)
Body: Medium (1st Third), Medium to Full (2nd Third), Full (Last Third)
Finish: Very Good

Rating

Assessment: 5.0-The Oasis
Score: 95

References

News: La Aurora 107 Cosecha Makes Debut at 2016 IPCPR
Price: $10.00
Source: La Aurora
Brand Reference: La Aurora