La Aurora has been one of my favorite cigar makers of late for consistently turning out great cigars. A little over a year ago I had the opportunity to go to La Aurora’s headquarters in the Dominican Republic and take a few days to get to know the people at La Aurora. They were a fantastic bunch of individuals, and everyone was more than willing to spend time talking with the bloggers on the trip about the pride and production that goes into each one of their cigars. While on the trip we were honored by getting to try an early taste of the blend we are reviewing today, the Guillermo Leon.
The Guillermo Leon is wrapped with a dark Ecuadorian Habano leaf with sleight veins and smooth complexion. The two binders are made from Cameroon and Dominican Corojo along with long-fillers from Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. All this tobacco creates an interesting and wonderful smoking experience. The cold draw reveals a sweet barnyard scent with hints of floral notes. The draw and burn on this cigar were fantastic and show no signs of tunneling throughout the smoking experience. The beginning third of the stick burns with a spice intermixed with some sweet floral notes, and then as the stick progresses into the next half it really picks up the floral and cedar notes with hints of leather throughout. The middle part of the smoking experience was heavenly in the way that the vying flavors competed for dominancy of my palette. The final third of the cigar finds it going back into the spicy floral notes that the stick had started with.
Overall this cigar is a wonderfully complex treat that often oscillates between the floral, cedar, and spice notes in a pleasing way! In my mind it is the next iteration of the 107, so if you are looking for a more refined version of the excellent 107, this is it! In every draw it is a delightful experience and easily one of my favorite sticks of the year. So if you are a fan of bold flavor and impeccable design, then pick up a Guillermo Leon today!
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Cameroon and Dominican Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, Peruvian, and Dominican